EXPECTATIONS: We will actually have a small climb about 10 kilometres before we stop for the night at Russell. OK, it isn’t long and it isn’t wildly steep (4 km at about 2.8%) but it is the closest thing to a hill we will have seen in days, so we will probably notice it. The weather in Russell on June 26 is not expected to be great, although the temperatures shouldn’t be too bad with average highs and lows of 23 and 12 ° C. Worst-case scenario is we get the record high and the record low for this day (30 and 4 ° C) but that combination is unlikely. Clear, dry skies are not as common as we’d like to think this time of year, as indicated by the historical POP of 70 % and cloud cover probability of 53 %. Winds, as always in the Prairies, are steady at an average of 12 km/hr, but we could see a head wind of 23 km/hr making a wet day even worse. Let’s hope for an unseasonably warm, sunny and dry day. One thing is for sure, we’ll be hungry but that’s ok because our host Ann Main hinted at the possibility of a fine dinner in addition to the comfy Bed and the scrumptious Breakfast that she usually provides.
ELEVATION: start 512 m, highest 570 m, ascent 205 m, descent 152 m
DISTANCE: planned 103 km, actual ________, lost > 5 km detour _______
SPEED: average _______ , top (downhill) ______ top (flats) ________
WEATHER: rain _______, temperature low ______ temperature high _____
headwind _______, tailwind ________ other _____________
FLAT TIRE: Lori ______ Nancy ______ other mechanical ______________
PROBLEMATIC ANIMAL: wild ____ domestic (dog) _______ human _____
We are at Silver Creek B & B after an interesting ride that was longer than we had planned for. We got lost or at least took the wrong road leaving Yorkton, and added an extra 25 kilometres to our day. Unfortunately that 25 kilometres was into a very heavy head wind so the mistake cost us a couple of hours.
We finally got a Welcome to Saskatchewan photo though. We missed the one in Lloydminster so we crossed Highway 16 and took a photo of the sign from the East. Then we crossed back and got the Welcome to Manitoba sign. After that we were in the assinaboin (that is likely spelt wrong) Valley and back up the other side, where we had our first unpleasant encounter with a person.
Saw dome ruddy ducks as well. That was on Highway 80, which we took by error and rode against the ewind. So it was worth while since they are pretty birds, with their unlikely blue bills.
We met three women who are on the way to Calgary for the Stampede. They are travelling with a team of Clydesdale horses which they will show first in Olds and then at the Calgary Stampede. The three women are also staying at the Silver Creek B & B, so we had a chance to chat with one of them. Heather took us over to meet the Clydesdales. They are majestic animals, as you can see in the photos. I also got a video of two of the horses scratching each other’s back. The mosquitoes bother them too.