Cycling

Saskatchewan

May 24, 2005

Consort to Kerrobert, SK. DAY: 134.22km. ODO: 1,866km. AVS: 24.5km/h. MXS: 65.0km/h. ATM: 5:28. Dark clouds were hovering, the sun poking through only occasionally, and the weather report showed rain everywhere between Prince Rupert and Winnipeg. I packed, and dressed, expecting rain, and left Consort at 9:30 with the tailwind still my companion. However, it…

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Flexibility is key

May 23, 2005

Stettler to Consort. DAY: 159.24km. ODO: 1,732km. AVS: 32.7km/h. MXS: 57.5km/h. ATM: 4:52. I was up at 7:30. I made a point of getting up early to see if the wind was less powerful early on, but clearly, this isn’t necessarily the case. The speed of the north-westerly wind seemed to have doubled overnight, and…

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Wind. Ugh!

May 22, 2005

Drumheller to Stettler. DAY: 108.18km. ODO: 1,573km. AVS: 18.4km/h. MXS: 43.0km/h. ATM: 5:52. Again, awake at the crack of dawn, but sluggish. I didn’t hit the road until noon. A big climb out of the Red Deer River valley started the day, but it was sunny, as usual. In case you’re wondering, the Achilles tendon…

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Ah, humanity!

May 21, 2005

Drumheller (sightseeing). DAY: 41.93km. ODO: 1,465km. AVS: 18.5km/h. MXS: 45.0km/h. ATM: 2:15. Good morning campground! There’s nothing like country music blasting from someone’s car stereo at 7:00am to start the day, but at least I was up early for a change. Also for a change, I had a leisurely breakfast, featuring raisin granola in skim…

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On the road again!

May 20, 2005

Calgary to Drumheller. DAY: 151.76km. ODO: 1,423km. AVS: 21.4km/h. MXS: 58.0km/h. ATM: 7:04. Though I suspected that perhaps my Achilles could use a longer rest, it was feeling considerably better, if still somewhat tender, and I decided to depart. I had still been unsuccessful at connecting with my cousin Ann-Louise and her family, but I…

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STILL in Calgary

May 19, 2005

I’m actualy getting a little anxious to hit the road, as things are getting a bit dull here. Calgary doesn’t really have a neighbourhood in which I like to hang out (that I’ve found so far), and I’m tiring of the continuous presence of the crack demographic. Reality it may be, and I wouldn’t want…

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Still in Cowtown. Or is it hogtown?

May 18, 2005

Calgary (sightseeing). DAY: 0.00km. ODO: 1,271km. AVS: 0.0km/h. MXS: 00.0km/h. ATM: 0:00. Is Calgary Cowtown or Hogtown? And why is one of those monikers assigned to Toronto? Someone please enlighten me. I’ve been wandering all day, but I’m not sure what I’ve done. Second Cup is now threatening to start charging me for WiFi use,…

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Seeing Calgary

May 17, 2005

Calgary (sightseeing). DAY: 0.00km. ODO: 1,271km. AVS: 00.0km/h. MXS: 00.0km/h. ATM: 0:00. Finding an internet connection in Calgary has proven to be challenging. WiFi cafes are scarce, and the one close internet cafe I found would not let me connect my laptop. However, I have since found a Second Cup that provides free WiFi, so…

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Finally – rain

May 16, 2005

Banff to Calgary. DAY: 152.45km. ODO: 1,271km. AVS: 25.2km/h. MXS: 64.5km/h. ATM: 6:02. As I departed Banff, it occurred to me that I should stay an extra day to rest the irritated right Achilles tendon. It is the only part of my body that I have ever really injured, besides a little whiplash and some…

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A light day

May 15, 2005

Lake Louise to Banff. DAY: 65.79km. ODO: 1,119km. AVS: 21.2km/h. MXS: 59.0km/h. ATM: 3:06. The scenery today was the most beautiful so far. Leaving Lake Louise (that sounds like the title of a Nicholas Cage sequel where he decides to end it all by maxing his Visa card in ‘Saitoh’ outlet stores), I avoided the…

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1,000 km

May 14, 2005

Golden to Lake Louise, AB. DAY: 84.80km. ODO: 1,053km. AVS: 18.4km/h. MXS: 58.0km/h. ATM: 4:36. Another slow start this morning. I’m just not good at ‘early’. However, I was on the road by about 10:00. A shorter day in distance, but good climbs, and I stopped to look around frequently. 25km east of Golden, my…

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Rogers Pass

May 13, 2005

Canyon Hot Springs to Golden. DAY: 130.73km. ODO: 968km. AVS: 20.3km/h. MXS: 73.0km/h. ATM: 6:24. In the morning, I was up before 7:00, but since the woman at the desk had said the previous evening that they don’t open up for breakfast until 9:00, I laid around until 8, then got up and packed. I…

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There goes my budget

May 12, 2005

Sicamous to Canyon Hot Springs. DAY: 110.99km. ODO: 837km. AVS: 20.8km/h. MXS: 51.0km/h. ATM: 5:19. Another hot, sunny day (the weather report indicates rain coming Saturday, when I anticipate cycling through Kicking Horse Pass). Great roads again – the shoulders are mostly quite good), though there is generally a lot of truck traffic. After Revelstoke,…

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The perils of spandex

May 11, 2005

Kelowna to Sicamous. DAY: 126.35km. ODO: 726km. AVS: 22.4km/h. MXS: 55.0km/h. ATM: 5:37. I was up at the crack of dawn, for a soak in the hot tub and a dip in the pool before breakfast. However, I wasn’t on the bike and riding until the crack of noon, after all the eating, packing, and…

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The real rest

May 10, 2005

Local sightseeing. DAY: 0.0km. ODO: 600km. AVS: 0.0km/h. MXS: 0.0km/h. ATM: 0:00. Did nothing at all, except read, eat, and nap.

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Some rest day…

May 9, 2005

Local sightseing. DAY: 60.55km. ODO: 600km. AVS: 22.2km/h. MXS: 52.0km/h. ATM: 2:43 After a fabulous Flags breakfast, I departed for a “short ride into town” for a little sightseeing. The Flags is on the fringes of Kelowna, in the Glenmore area. I rode into town, had a cup of tea, and then rode out along…

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My first (and last!) flat

May 8, 2005

Okanagan Provincial Park to Kelowna. DAY: 51.13km. ODO: 539. AVS: 18.0. MXS: 65.0. ATM: 2:50. It rained during the night, but stopped as soon as I got up, which made breaking camp easier, and I just packed up and left. I stopped at The Two Chefs restaurant for tea and breakfast. It seems that it…

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The Okanagan

May 7, 2005

Coral’s to Okanagan Lake Provincial Park (north of Summerland). DAY: 120.58km. ODO: 488km. AVS: 20.0km/h. MXS: 54.5km/h. ATM: 6:01. I had not intended to travel this far, but that’s how it goes. Headwind all the way from Coral’s didn’t make it any easier. On arrival in Penticton (where I was greeted by a giant billboard…

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