Adam Banton's Canadian Trip
This is a strange trip. Sit back and Let me explain. It started a year ago to this date actually, over Facebook of all places. Yes, I finally found a “real” use for it, hahaha. Just kidding, sort of. Eastern rider from Canada Jeremy Gallant inquired to the city of Moncton New Brunswick (think Nova Scotia area in the world) of having a grand opening for the new pump track the city funded for BMX. And from there he hit me up on FB to see if I wanted to come up for it, maybe even extend my stay to ride his local spots and film a few things. Well, my schedule was pretty busy around the entire month they wanted to do the opening, so I was bummed to tell him I just couldn’t make it.
Jeremy and I kept in touch over the year. Now, Fast forward to the same time this year and that takes us to just about last week, where we started talking again and come to find out they had postponed the grand opening for everything due to an early winter.
So after some emails with the city and Jeremy, I was on my way to Moncton for a week. After 3 connections of a long day of traveling Jeremy met me at the airport. Despite of how exhausted I was, we hung out for a bit and talked.
So that’s how the trip really came about. The first two days were a bit rainy and windy, but we managed to ride a bit of street and hit a park. During one of the rainstorms Jeremy took me to Consolvo Bikes, a bike shop he worked at. It was stocked with Eastern completes and had a sick record player linked to the speakers in the shop. Sipping on some fresh brew coffee while picking through vinyl records to play at a rad shop is definitely my kind of style.
The day of the opening of the pump track was much dryer, super windy but the trees help block that. The city of Moncton did a great job of getting the word around and it was more of a close community feel than anything, all for the sake of giving Bmxer’s in the area a place to ride. The pump track had a fun 3 pack that was a good size to play on, off the side was a cool more pump track feel type course. Other cities could learn a lot from Moncton to listening to what young kids need and want in their community. Cheers Moncton and thanks for having me it was a blast.
The following three days after we had better weather. Jeremy was a super good host of driving me around the greater Nova Scotia area of all the offerings. This also happens to be Drew Benazon country. He’s a local hero in this neck of the woods and with good reason. Wish he were around when I was there. Oh well. The most notable and fun spot I rode happened to be the last spot as well. It was this crazy wave sculpture down the by the waterfront. Totally ride able and super fun. We only had about 15 minutes of daylight to ride it, and had to ride up a massive hill to get back to the car. But it was totally worth every pedal. Trip after trip, I meet rad people and Jeremy, the riders and city workers of Moncton are no exception on this journey. Thanks to all I rode with especially Jeremy for his hospitality. Cheers guys.