Day 16 – Canmore to Calgary. I was very sad to say goodbye to Stewart and Gill, who have made the first two weeks of my adventure so memorable and enjoyable. Their hospitality and generosity have been unbelievable, and I only hope to get back to this part of Canada again before too long, possibly without a bike (can I borrow a bike Stewart?). After saying farewell to Gill in Canmore, we rode together as far as Morley (Hi again, Morley!) on the Trans-Canada, with the Rockies slowly fading behind us.
- Today’s Distance (miles): 72
- Time in saddle: 5h 32
- Max/min temp (°c): 23°/15°
- Climb/descend (feet) : 1800 / 2574
- Calories used: 3,522
- Cafe time: 2h 34
Trying out a bike-route-diversion that was a dead end, we passed a guy with a very professional long-lens setup waiting patiently by an Osprey’s nest:
After a final goodbye, I set off for Calgary whilst Stewart headed home to Canmore, with a headwind awaiting him that became my tailwind for the afternoon. A very different terrain after the mountains, but not unwelcome to see herds of cattle, horses and endless bird life.
This one’s called “The Long Un-winding Road”
After a long spell I turned off the highway onto quiet, mostly smooth (not all!), rural roads all the way into Calgary. I heard two different bird songs an awful lot; one that sounded like a 1970s Trimphone, and the other like an old-fashioned modem trying to connect to “the internet”. Any ideas anyone? Maybe from the same, rather out-of-date, bird?
Calgary has great cycle paths, and loads of them. My sat-nav took me along a lovely quiet suburban route, including crossing an entire dam, to the heart of South West Calgary where I had a lovely warm greeting from my hosts for the evening, Ricki & Daron and their two great kids Libby & Willem, and their helper Bambie. Sorry if you’re more than just a helper Bambie! Ricki is my great friend and FOTB John Mills’ cousin. Daron and I worked out that he’d been to a concert near Aix (La Roque) in Provence that we both played John! Message from Daron – he heard me most “and it was great”. Just passing it on.
Ricki and Daron were absolutely encyclopaedic in their knowledge of the roads I’ll be travelling between here and Winnipeg, having driven them many times during their lives. I can’t tell you how helpful it is to have this sort of knowledge about the small towns I’ll pass through, and the various problems I may encounter. Thanks so much. Our meal was superb, huge steaks and red wine, and a nice coincidence was that they got married at the Post Hotel, Lake Louise, where we had our delicious brunch yesterday, and go back often. Also thanks for the lovely singing and fun company in the kitchen from Libby, and for the daring demonstration of Guinea-pig wrangling from young Willem (and Sammy the G-P). I understand they have included this discipline in the Calgary Stampede this year – best of luck Willem! Don’t look them in the eyes!
Just the one What Is It, Sam? today, suffering from mid-cycle blurring syndrome. Think I should know this one, sort of familiar. Found growing right by the highway:
And now, it’s back to…..Signs That Are Funny!:
Alberta’s radical new policy. “Tired of your sister on that long car journey? Recycle! Fed up with your husband’s tedious and predictable unfunny stories? Recycle! Leave ’em here, we’ll dump them out the back! Recycle!”
Tell me something I don’t know.
No song stuck today, except Trimphones & Modems. Must be a day off.