Day 15: Lloydminster, AB: 725 km

July 13, 2013

It was a rainy morning when Dendog approached his bike.  With it’s new tire and shiny rear wheel, it called to him:  “Take me to Lloydminster”.  So we did.

Dendog getting ready.

Dendog getting ready.

Nice new tire and clean wheel.

Nice new tire and clean wheel.

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The rain stopped about 150 km into the ride and the temperature rose nicely from 7 C to 20 C by the time we got to the hotel.  Hot tub in the hotel is broken 🙁

Of note, we saw 7 deer in two different groups.  The first three crossed the highway about 750 meters in front of us.  The second group of 4 were standing in the ditch walking towards the shoulder to cross the road.  Dendog and I went to the fast lane and slowed to a crawl.  He flashed his brake light repeatedly yet a silly car driver passed us on the inside totally oblivious to the deer that were about to step in front of her.  They were standing on the shoulder at this point.  My wimpy horn scared them back to the woods.

My Lance Armstrong fashionable bike shorts helped today.  This is good. Thank you Lance!

We saw what we think was a dead badger by the side of the road.  It doesn’t count for our wildlife viewing counts.

I saw my third Super Tenere.  All of them have been blue.  Did not get to meet this one as he was on the other side of the highway just east of Edmonton.

Despite the fact that it was an easy ride today, we are both pretty tired.  At one point during the ride, when the sky was blue and the road was straight for as long as we could see, I radioed Dendog and we agreed that the mountains were beautiful, but sometimes a straight road is awesome!  OK, we’ll likely be sick of them tomorrow.

Dave in the distance

Dave in the distance

We posed for a picture at a rest stop.

Snack time at a rest stop in Alberta.

Snack time at a rest stop in Alberta.

Some self portraits while riding.  Taken with the GoPro.

Dave riding self portrait 1.

Dave riding self portrait 1.

Dave riding self portrait 2.

Dave riding self portrait 2.

According to the original schedule, tonight we would be having dinner with Dendog’s sister-in-law in Juneau, AK and then we would race home.  It would have been great to see her, but that schedule was impossible!  Maybe next time 🙂

Q1) Why does Dave always buy inexpensive sunglasses?

Q2) How many pairs of sunglasses will Dave go through on this trip? (current count is 2)

We might actually see a sunset tonight.

Tomorrow: Yorkton, SK.