I spice up my cue sheets by searching the route on Google maps and adding lots of secondary cues, such as at Mile 43.2, Parkbeg Cafe. Searching for the items on the list keeps me entertained. Perhaps no day more than today I needed entertainment. The headwind was dead on my nose and so strong … More My Entertainment Schedule
The helicopter weather vane just east of town assured me I was dealing with headwind. Had I not heeded Vaughan’s words yesterday, those 50 extra miles I rode yesterday would have been in today’s headwind. With those miles behind me, I had the leisure to sleep in, start cycling at noon, take my time to stop … More Stop and Smell Saskatchewan
I could hear Vaughan’s* voice in my ear. “If you get a good wind in the prairie, ride it and ditch your plan.” For several days, I’ve been seeing big wind predicted for Saturday. Then came confirmation that it would be out of the west. Hooray! Kim Swanson, our host in Medicine Hat, showed me … More Delivered
Yesterday’s ride lacked entertainment for my eyes. The rare visual attraction came in the form of irrigation canals. You can see how extensive irrigation is in the Relive video. Alberta captures energy, old and new. The energy that I haven’t seen captured here is wind. For 7 1/2 hours yesterday, I was its hostage. … More Energy
By car today we visited Dinosaur Provincial Park. This is the unvarnished version of the Royal Tyrrell Museum out in the badlands where a lot of dinosaur fossils are found. This is a dinosaur fossil that was left in place where it was found. I found it pleasing to see a fossil in its original … More Badlands
I’ve entered the prairie now. One’s eyes latch onto the tiniest object on the horizon or the top of a hill. “I’ll have a sip of water at the top of the hill.” “I’ll put on lip balm when I get to the grain elevator.” The distance and sparseness play tricks on me. I keep … More Far Away, Deep Within, Closeup
The province of Alberta is prime dinosaur territory and the Royal Tyrrell Museum in Drumheller near Calgary is stellar. Today was a real rest day and we used it to drive off route to visit this amazing place. These are the badlands where some of these fossils were found. Thanks again to our wonderful … More I spent the day with some old fossils.