Swift current Sask.
There's something definitively supernatural about the wind. While biking through the mountains, wind is of no consequence really, it all depends on the road up, or down. In the prairies there is no up and down really, just the gentle rolling of the plains. Here its not all about "you and your bike" it's about "you and the wind". The last two days we've been with the wind... talk about a lesson in efficiency, yesterday we biked about 150km, today we did almost 100km, it feels like you don't even need to pedal sometimes and the gusts will carry you at 25kph for quite a ways uphill or down!
we stayed at a trailer park in Medicine Hat. What an entertaining sort of place! I'll tell you they don't make two trailer parks exactly the same (or do they?). The locals in the hat greeted us with a different sort of curiosity than usual. A mother and son after meandering over to our site and checking out our bikes, gestured towards our tent "what sort of bed do you have in there?" she asked, "oh, we've only got a couple of sleeping mats" she nodded her head, "have you seen my set-up?" I glanced over at her tent and peered through the door, inside was a huge queen size air mattress at least a foot thick. "That looks pretty comfortable, but I think it would be too heavy" I mentioned that we had to carry everything we had on our bikes. "I don't know how you could go without it" she said, "it's not that heavy." Then she belted at the top of her lungs "DUSTIN!! HOW HEAVY IS THE AIR MATTRESS!!?" ... "what?".. " HOW HEAVY IS THE MATTRESS??" ... "what?" this went on for a while until her son wandered over. Turns out the air mattress weighed about 20lbs ... probably the weight of our tent, sleeping bags and mats ... "Indispensable" she said ... it's pretty hard to do that sort of encounter justice in writing ... If you've ever seen the t.v. show trailer park boys, you should just picture that sort of situation in your head and you'll have a pretty good idea of the sorts of people we meet in almost every campground!