Distance ~ 104 km. Winds ~ tailwind Temperature ~ 5 – 20 C
Overcast throughout the day, sunny evening
The first 50 km were so flat, I thought we were in the prairies yesterday, today I know we are! Off in the distance you could see steadfast hydro towers like giants trailing off into the horizon and telephone poles and wires lining dusty sideroads. Occasionally we would see a truck or tractor leaving a dust trail that would blow endlessly across the fields. It is incredible to see!
The second half of our ride was a repeat of yesterday with long loping gradual climbs, I was so happy to see the Medicine Hat city limit sign. I was feeling the effects of pulling the trailer, riding my areobars and the narrow seat. As we approached the city, the traffic became hurried, so different than what we’ve experienced so far. Truckers and most cars have always given us as much room as possible and have moved over to the far lane to avoid traveling beside us.
We were happy to get off the #1 to find a little piece of heaven in the middle of Medicine Hat to set up camp. Cottonwood Coulee Golf Couse and Camp, is set in an area that has been eroded away to the bottom of a small creek. It is similar to the Dinosaur Provincial Park, but only on a smaller scale. (We decided to pass on that park due to it being 50 km north of the TransCanada and we had visited it in the past. It is an amazing place to visit!)
Doug was in such a hurry to get to the shower after we set up camp. I gathered up a change of clothes and sauntered over to the ladies room, as I went to hang up my towel ~ I recognized the shirt and riding shorts thrown over the top of the stall. “DOUG?” “Yes.” ” You are in the ladies shower!” “NO!” “Yes!” “Oh, oh!”
Tomorrow we’re planning a day of exploring the area, our first day off.