Note 1: I properly added photos now from Waterton etc to the post before this, including some classic Waterton views!
Note 2: I can caption photos properly now!
Note 3: I uploaded all rides from my Garmin (at least I think it worked properly…) so Strava followers can check them out. If you haven’t yet but want to, find me on Strava here. I also added Strava screenshots to all my blog posts!
I’m not doubting I’ve been in the prairies these past few days. More high winds, long cow-filled grassy stretches, and rows of wind turbines.
Heading north out of Waterton, I battled some strong headwinds and crosswinds, though nothing like what I pushed through to get there! I took in more mountainous lakeside views on the way out, knowing I’d miss such scenery until returning to the Rockies.
The next couple days were occupied by my experience of prairie riding so far, best described by a play-by-play: Head up, an empty field on my left, 136 cows on my right. Head down, enjoying the tunes, focusing on the pavement. Five minutes pass. Head up, 136 cows on my left, an empty field on my right. I mustn’t completely bash the prairies though – Alberta’s Highway 2 has an amazingly huge shoulder, enabling me to hug the right side and ignore traffic!
Pitching my tent near Glenwood in a farmer’s field (thanks!) and then in Nanton on a side road’s flat grassy spot, I pedalled through sporadic headwinds and crosswinds.
Reaching the Calgary home of Friend Dustin late afternoon Saturday, we got me showered and cleaned up and visited Friends Theo and Raeleen for dinner.
After staying on the Dustin couch Saturday night, Sunday was my first day without pedalling or pushing my bike – but still a busy day!
My “rest day” included breakfast with endless toast and hash browns, a 3-hour round trip hike of Ha-Ling Peak in Canmore, grabbing a few things from Calgary’s MEC, and a full-blown grocery fill.
Sunday night I visited and stayed with Parents Of Friend Margot and Richard. I slept inside for two nights in a row, wow!
Before heading West out of Calgary, Margot showed me the Peace Bridge, a Calgary highlight.
We then strolled around downtown Calgary, finding the Bow Tower and Calgary Tower.
So I’m Westbound and looking forward to more magnificent sights between Banff and Jasper. Ready for a rocky week! … See what I did there?