|DAY 15 COCHRANE TO DRUMHELLER
DISTANCE TRAVELLED 168.7 km RUNNING TIME 7 hrs 09 mins
AVERAGE SPEED 23.6 km/hr
DISTANCE PLANNED 171 TOTAL TIME 8 hrs 05 mins
Wow!! Another gorgeous day - the good weather fairy is following us. Nice morning temperatures (15) and up to a high of about 28 degrees.
We climb steadily for about 10 km leaving Cochrane & then up & down steep rolling hills
as we headed north of Calgary. Again typical scene in southern Alberta - grazing cattle and oil pampers
. As we get further north and east the landscaping changes to more flat country & really straight roads where you can see for 10s of kms.
. Looking south we can see Calgary more than 30kms away.
As mentioned there are many flats along the way . In this photo
English Mike is bent over finishing fixing his flat as the rest of the group gives him moral support ( how many bicyclists does it take to fix a flat?).
The most dramatic terrain change happens as we reach Horseshoe Canyon along Hwy 9 : sudden the flatland opens up to a deep canyon that looks right out of the dinosaur age.
. This area was relatively small for what we were shortly to see. This is part of the famous badlands area of southern Alberta . Twenty + kms down the road the flat lands again open up to the extensive badlands area of Drumheller - it is very dramatic change as you enter the road leading down in to the valley . The only way it truly appreciate it is to visit the area.
. AT the bottom of the Valley is Drumheller
the Dinosaur Capital of Canada.
Our campsite is located about 10 km past Drumheller - a nice campsite but not convenient for the rest day of tomorrow.
This has been our longest ride to date and one of the longest of the ride - we had some tailwinds but mostly side winds and some head winds - it was a tiring day for all & we look forward to the day off on Sunday. Riders arrive between 230 and 630 -
Gail and my sister Pat & her husband George arrive to whisk me away for the next two nights and one day.