DAY 19 KINDERSLEY TO OUTLOOK
DISTANCE TRAVELLED 156 km RUNNING TIME 5 hrs 50 mins
AVERAGE SPEED 27 km/hr
DISTANCE PLANNED 154 KMS TOTAL TIME 6 hrs 40 mins
Another hot sunny day - started at about 16 degrees at 7 am and by mid day was about 34 degrees.
Relatively flat ride with several rolling hills. Made real good time in the morning then winds shifted to about 2 o'clock and slowed us down . After following hwy 7 to Rosetown we went on hwy 4 then picked up hwy 15 to Outlook. When we turned on Hwy 15 the winds shifted, picked up , and we enjoyed a good tail wind for about 25km and travelled at an average speed of about 42kph - those are the winds that we are looking for , for the rest of the prairies - we can only hope..
About 5 km east of Kindersley we passed a large grain elevator
- this was the same elevator that we had seen the day before while standing on a rise about 30 kms west of Outlook - it is amazing the distance you can see on the prairies - especially where there is no smog nor pollution & of course the flat lands. Open prairies- lots of crop variety - wheat, flax (beautiful blue colour when in bloom)
, furrow land ( crop rotation), beautiful yellow canola and lots of hay
. Haying is done continuously along the road right of ways - right up to the shoulders of the road.
Various new smells along the route as we have enter the prairies : cow trailers passing on the road, slews and water ponds, various aromas form the various crops - all adding to the experience.
Passed through Rosetown - I had judged Communities in Bloom there last summer & they are ready again this year
- a pretty town along the hwy 7 and a turning point for either Regina (south east ) or Saskatoon ( north east).
Paving surfaces are very interesting - a real variety -changing every 10 to 20 kms - the different surfaces really affect the smoothness of the ride as well as the speed - most of the "paved shoulders" are quite rough , bumpy , potholes and intermittent gravel - by design most of the roads we travel on have light traffic & we are able to cruise down the actual road surface. The worst are the asphalt patches applied earlier this summer and not yet well compacted combined with the hot sun - you essentially "sink" into the pavement and slow down by 5+ kph. Interesting treatment along hwy 15 - four separate thin overlays were applied horizontally along the wheel lanes of the road - pretty picture
Another interesting observation - the land is NOT flat - it feels that we are continuously going up hill - my theory on this is that the earth is curved and rotates from the east to the west : therefore we are always going uphill climbing the rotating curve of the earth..
Outlook nice little town along hwy 15 was our stop for the night -
interesting colour design for the entrance sign - it is to signify the nice rainbows and sunsets they get in this region. One of the main attractions of the town is their Skywalk
- reported as the longest pedestrian elevated walkway in Canada. It is the abandoned CPR railway bridge over the South Saskatchewan River , the bridge was renovated as a walkway by the Military Engineers as a Engineer Centennial and Trans Canada Trails project in 2003
Other pictures of skywalk
. Looking south from the bridge you get a great view of the South Saskatchewan River & a different perspective of the prairies.
. While at the bridge a sudden and quick thunder & lighting storm developed - likely the result of the really hot day and the cloud build up. This provided an interesting background for the bridge
Campsite at lookout was one of the nicest - we had our own shelter for cooking & eating - showers etc great.
. Several us went for a quick dip into the River - rally cool - but very refreshing - very sandy bottom..
As a result of the storm etc the sunset that night was quite spectacular -
We meet a lot of people along the way - with our numbers and biking outfits etc we are continuously asked where are you cycling to and from ? - when we say from Victoria to St John's we get lots of interesting reactions - from : wow - good for you to a farmer who had stopped to give us cold water and remarked - "you people are not taking your medication". We have been called crazy!!