Biker Bob - Canada 2006 travel blog

Rolling Hills leaving the moutains

Alberta - oil & cattle

go straight!!!

Calgary - 30 kms away - canola in foreground

How many does it take to repair one tire??

Horseshoe Canyon - out of nowhere!!

Horseshoe Canyon - interpretation panel

Entering Drumheller canyon valley

Welcome to Dinosaur land


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.

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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.



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