The Rough Draft

If you can't go through it. Go around it.

Threw my leg over the bike for the first time in a few weeks.  I like to get out fairly early on a Sunday morning, well any weekend morning before the bulk of the idiots get on the road.  The Badlands are above Brampton so I opted to go up the 410 instead of going directly through Brampton because I simply didn’t feel like dealing with the level of stupidity the drivers there seem to exhibit.  There is a reason Brampton has the highest insurance premiums in all of Ontario.

The Cheltenham Badlands are a deposit of soft Iron Oxide rich Shale type clay.  The deposit was exposed during the fifties as the result of farming.  The topsoil washed away exposing the clay underneath and water and the seasons did the rest.  The current area covers about ten acres though you can see similar deposits up and down the area in about a fifteen kilometer circle.  The area is pretty dry right now which was good as it’s pretty slippy when there’s been any sort of rain.  It sor t of reminds me of  the Hoodoos in Drumheller though those formations are a softer sandstone capped by a denser sandstone (which is why the weird shapes).

Looking down from the top of the Badlands.

Somebody’s boots left behind.

I do like the texture of the ground here.


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