Biker Bob - Canada 2006 travel blog

Heading east - looking back to canyon

View to the west at the same spot

Easy Directions - turn right & go straight for 300kms..

Hanna - Home of Nickleback

Youngstown & more prairie

"The Store" in downtown Youngstown

The other commercial building in Youngstown

Camp "inside" the gym ( bad light for photo)


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)

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A notable town along the way is Hanna - Home of the rock group Nickelback

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Youngstown

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

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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 d├ęcor, 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..



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