DAY 13 BANFF TO COCHRANE
DISTANCE TRAVELLED 106.4 km RUNNING TIM 4 hrs 09 mins
AVERAGE SPEED 25.6 km/hr
DISTANCE PLANNED 100 TOTAL TIME 5 hrs 10 mins
Big thunderstorm & heavy winds just before supper last night , light rain on us , but stopped before supper .
Wind however did knock over our canopy and blew into a tree- damaged two supports - will need a fix with duck tape once we get into Drumheller & a rest day. Also some rain overnight.
Also a little rain at breakfast
. However luck was on us ( we deserve it ) and it was again nice & sunny with a high of about 25 degrees.
As we were leaving Banff - another innovation - a horse crossing! A path intersects the main road out of town - the riders activate a "crosswalk" button & flashing lights warning the motorists of horses crossing
Different shapes of mountains as we leave - Mount Rundle
and the three Sisters
We left the mountains today -
& had a another dramatic change in scenery of range country and the Bow River Valley
. You know you are in Alberta when you see a natural gas refinery and pumping station with cattle in the foreground and the mountains in the distance - see photo
and also a large sculpture of a cowboy on his horse on the top of a hill
But just around the corner we come to the Ghost Dam & power station on the Bow River and the natural lake created is full of sailboats - sailing on the range!! Being early in the morning no sails were up.
Made really good time with a stiff easterly wind - which is what we hopping for over the next few weeks. Into Cochrane by noon and spent some time in there with lunch & getting an ice cream a the world famous MacKay Cochrane Ice Cream Store
. The streetscaping in the town is really quite impressive with lots of flowers, benches, public parking , traffic calming and interesting storefront designs
Many visitors from Calgary tonight. Cochrane is a bedroom community of Calgary being about 35kms west. New housing is going everywhere -perched on the side of hills - no trees - any space will do.
The campsite we are in is brand new
- of course it is at the end of town down a hill ( so we have to climb a hill first thing tomorrow!! - we think it has been all arranged that way - give us a good challenge early each day).
A steady number of 5-6 flats each day - garbage on the road - most appear to be punctures from the staples from retreads that have broken down and spread across the road shoulders ( the bike lanes) .
A few go bathing in the Bow River - washing hair & clothes - tricky under currents so they hold onto each other - water is very cold - Most others just use the nice hot showers and new laundry room - but no real adventure in that..
Stu road in the van again today - his hamstrings are not getting any better - he has pain in the back down through the legs - unfortunately he has called it quits. His brother , from Edmonton, arrived this evening , & he has loaded everything up and left - he will fly back to Ottawa from Edmonton. A sad goodbye - lots of tears in the crowd, especially Stu - a group photo marked his departure...
Tomorrow will be our 2nd longest ride of the entire trip - 171 km to Drumheller- then we get a day of rest. My sister Pat & husband George (from Edmonton) and wife Gail , who is arriving in Edmonton tomorrow for a visit, will meet me for the day off.