Saturday, June 12, 2004

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!

chris.

4 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

150 kilometres in 1 day? I'll bet you're both glad the winds prevail west to east! It sounds exhilarating. You should try hoisting a sail.
I expect you'll hit Ontario in 6 days at that pace, where things may slow down a bit. My prediction is you arrive in Toronto on July 24.
Best of luck and keep riding safely. Really looking forward to seeing you both soon.

Lloyd/Dad

June 13, 2004 at 11:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

this is absolutely wonderful,
i have thought of doing the 'bike across canada' thing myself, but it just didn't turn out.. Maybe one day.. I am really happy to read your postings, i take a look at the site almost every day just to see where you guys are and what has happenned to both of you. that air mattress thing in the trailer park was quite funny. i was indeed able to picture the scene and had a good laugh.
I am definetely surprised to see that you have traveled so far in just over two weeks. Gongradulations!!
Unfortunately, i wont be in QC to see you and cheer for you has i have previously mentioned to chris. in fact, i'm flying over to canmore tomorrow and will think of you as i fly over your heads.

May the force be with you two, JP Grenon

June 14, 2004 at 8:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just thinking about you today as we are having an incredible windy day here in Toronto and can't imagine the wind you are having to pull you along so quickly. I am enjoying your log and look forward to the next comment. I'll pass your website onto Jason and perhaps you will hear from him. He's very busy now working in High Park - for Shakepeare in the Park. Hope to see you when you are here!
Ride safely,
Lorre Hand

June 14, 2004 at 3:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am just back from a week with friends' potters at a cottage. I could not wait to sign on to your site. Wow! I am impressed how well you are doing. I wish I was there.

Mom

June 18, 2004 at 10:38 AM  

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