DAY 17 DRUMHELLER TO YOUNGSTOWN
DISTANCE TRAVELLED 139.4 km RUNNING TIME 5 hrs 20 mins
AVERAGE SPEED 26.1 km/hr
DISTANCE PLANNED 140KMS TOTAL TIME 6 hrs 45 mins
Another gorgeous day - sunny & some clouds in the afternoon and a high of about 28 degrees.
Made good time despite the cross winds and swirling winds ( sometimes behind then side and a quick blast from the front)
After the steep climb out of the valley
there was of course another dramatic change in the terrain (actually back to the prairies)
A notable town along the way is Hanna - Home of the rock group Nickelback
is a small old farming town - on it's last days . There are about 180 residents. There is an area school (grades KK to 12) that appears to be the main stable industry ; it has 86 students , several triple classes and 61/2 teachers; grade 12 graduating class of 8.... The other industry is providing accommodation & services to exploratory oil drilling crews that are in the area infrequently. The town buildings are basic and are an interesting architecture
Despite the hardships of the economy the people of the town are fantastic and very hospitable. For the last several years they have hosted a pot luck supper in the local community center for the Tour du Canada group. I t was a fantastic supper with terrific home cooked foods ( mostly pasta - they know our requirements ) but also with lots of meat!! and wonderful desserts. We took up a generous collection, and presented it to the group, to be used for community projects.
A group of us visited the local bar in the hotel - and interesting site - the décor, family dogs at home, the patrons etc. - you have to it. The hospitality again was superb - they even gave us a sample of freshly cooked deer venison.
That night most of us took the option to sleep inside the community center (gym) - some even put up their tents inside the building - a few opted outside to their tents. Picture of inside - light is not too good
For breakfast we were able to use the facility in the building --a nice change..