Trestle - Slow down and enjoy the ride!!
Biking the back roads in an around Dawson Creek really does hold some little hidden treasures that can be easily missed if you are going the wrong way or just going too fast. Some days I enjoy a nice scenic ride out of Dawson Creek on Highway 49, and then cut up behind into Pouce Coupe on Blair Ridge Road. This ride proves time and time again to be laden with crops, rolling hills and fresh air. I journey through the town of Pouce Coupe, I have stopped at the Museum in the old train station that was built in 1930 and later moved to the community center and take in a bit of history on the town. Then instead of taking Highway 2 back into Dawson Creek, I venture down Railway Avenue and take the back roads back into Dawson Creek.
I have been down this route many times with fellow cyclers and never realized that just south-west of Pouce Coupe is historical wooden trestle that was built in 1930, by the Northern Alberta Railways. This is was probably and engineering marvel at the time, when I come up to the valley that the trestle connects my knees actually become week. Little did I know that this trestle is a part of a historical self guided tour that takes you through the town which including the post office, town hall, library, Hart Hotel and an old church. This trestle is no longer in use, when I was out there, there was actually some brave souls venturing across the bridge via foot, but I passed! The town of Pouce Coupe is just a short ride from Dawson Creek and definitely worth taking the afternoon and checking out. Advertising throughout the town shared the up and coming July 1st celebrations, which is themed “Pioneers….our Heritage.” They are having a bunch of events, a parade, bbq’s, and my favorite fireworks!!!
Until next biking excursion, Happy Chains!