DAY 18 YOUNGSTOWN TO KINDERSLEY
DISTANCE TRAVELLED 154 km RUNNING TIME 5 hrs 50 mins
AVERAGE SPEED 26.4 km/hr
DISTANCE PLANNED 149KMS TOTAL TIME 6 hrs 29 mins
Another nice day - started out sunny & about 16 degrees & clouded over around noon providing some cooling ; reached a high of about 24 degrees. Made good time in the first few hours - over 32 kph, then winds got stronger swirling side, back & then sometimes from front - usually from an 8 o'clock direction.
Every night we get a one page set of directions for the next day - it contains distances, directions, turns, major towns, route notes , camp notes and a small scale map. The directions for today were very easy : take Main street in town turn left at Hwy 9, go straight for 148km
, turn right into campground. SO today was not too eventful but there were some interesting observations. Typical Alberta scene is exploratory oil rig - a relatively small portable operation - drill and if nothing found move on ..
. Some interesting towns -Cereal
. A buffalo rubbing stone - used by the buffaloes in the spring to rub off their winter fur - they wear a deep rut around the rock .
At the border we pause for the now customary picture
. The border town is appropriately named Alsask . Without incident we arrive at Kindersley
Over the last several days we have noticed that there are very few hills of any significance when going south to north, however throughout Alberta and Saskatchewan there are continuous rolling hills when going west to east - we theorize that this is the result of the glacier movements millions of years ago that generally went from north to south - thus the resulting geography.
Riding teams are slowly starting to meld - generally there are groups of 2 or 3 , a few choose to ride alone ( a few of the faster riders) : teams are of the same riding abilities, speed, departure times and riding habits (stops , visits etc) .
There are now generally three patterns - the speedsters ( not me) @ 30kph, the slower ones ( leaving early and usually arriving last) @ 20 kph, and the rest now travelling about the same speed +/- 25kph.
We met two girls in our campsite today - they left Quebec City in early June - cycled to St John's Nfld, flew to Vancouver & now are headed back to Quebec City - they are carrying all their own gear - about 60 lbs each. Spent the evening exchanging stories with many of our group.