Badlands and thunderstorms

Trip Start Aug 01, 2010
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Trip End Aug 29, 2010


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Flag of Canada  , Alberta,
Sunday, August 22, 2010

Interesting day with a few challenges but amazing scenery.  Left Edmonton to head to Didsbury.  Well I say we "left" Edmonton, in fact it took us some time to find our way out for some reason, or at least to find out way to the highway to Calgary. Seems Edmonton don't like to put the word "Calgary" on may road signs.  Eventually did it although it felt like one of those dreams where you are trying to get somewhere but can't.  At some point 40 bikes found ourselves on a country road and we waved over an approaching car.   We asked him directions but he just sat in his car shaking in his head with his mouth open.  Seems he might have been intimated by us and our fearless leader.

We were greeted by our Rural Alberta Chapter in Didsbury and served lunch.  Then it was an afternoon of touring the Badlands, final destination Holiday Inn Calgary.  The Badlands are something to see, and we were lead by one of the Rural Chapter Members.  We stopped for tons of photo ops and wove our way around the dinosaur trail.  When we were through the badlands and back on country roads with nothing nothing in sight, the skies turned dark purple and we were hit with torrential rain and a thunderstorm.  Apparently Calgary got hail, we were at least able to avoid that, but riders still got soaked.  Not an easy ride.  By the time we got to Calgary skies had completely cleared with a wonderful rainbow curving over city limits.  Wet riders got changed and ready and some of us headed downtown to Saltlik Steak House and filled ourselves with red meat and loaded baked potatoes.

Tomorrow morning is an official "rest time" to get laundry done, reorganize or, as in this writer's case, head downtown Calgary and find a funky coffee shop and poke around town a little bit.  At one we have lunch at the Ranchmans and then head out to Canmore for the night.

Ride on

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Glennis Newcombe on

I have been following your blog! It sounds like you are having a great time despite the lack of cooperation from the weather department. You are now going into God's country! I hope the ride through the Rockies and the coastal mountains is spectacular! Hopefully the smoke won't be too thick and you will be able to fully appreciate the beauty of B.C.

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