Hello Whistler. I have lived here with you for seven-plus years, and now it is time to go. Do you know who I am? Do you remember me?
I've stood next to you in line for thousands of coffees; double americano short, no lid, straight up. Can you picture me now? I've sat next to you on the bus, stood next to you at the taxi stand. "No, go ahead, you take that cab, I'll take the next one."
I've been run over by you at Nesters, and helped you step over the staff on the stairs at IGA, out for their afternoon smoke. Do you remember me now?
I was there with you on the patio all of them. Soaking up the sun, watching the world go by, wondering why they didn't stop and have a pint with us, and kind of glad they didn't!
We've played golf together you and I; and remember passing me during the Loonie race, the guy running with his bike on his shoulder and the chain around his neck? We've ridden up hundreds of chairs and gondolas together; can you see me now? We've swam together at Lost Lake; was that you on the dock? I think it was.
We cheered together for Ross when he returned with the gold, but I don't have his bumper sticker, do you? We cheered from the crowd when John Ryan returned from his journey. I was right next to you, don't you remember me there?
We drank beer together from a pitcher at Dusty's Last Stand, and again when we showed our hockey-challenged neighbours how to win gold. I've seen you naked in the streets, and naked again, dancing in the snow at Merlin's. I didn't join you, but I'm pretty sure I cheered!
I've fed you countless amounts of times. I truly hope you enjoyed your culinary experience; and I hope you told me if per chance you didn't.
I'm moving to a beach; I'll miss the snow, but I'll leave the rain for you. I will feel for you, honest I will!
Do you remember me now? Do you know who I am? I've been a part of your growth; a growth that will continue with or without me. Will you miss me once I'm gone? I don't think you will; but I will always remember you. Thanks for the ride.
There are many different levels of mountain bikers who ride in Whistler and Pemberton. Some riders may find Mels Dilemma challenging while others find Cop Killer a breeze. Most trails I've found have one or two challenges for even the best riders. Let's take Blood, Sweat and Fear for instance. There's the steep downhill section with the sharp, jagged, rocky left at the bottom. I've never been able to ride this section but thought with enough practice maybe some day I will.