To date: 1,344km
To go: 6,456km
My first night stealth camping was a success!! No one came and kicked us out. We packed up then went back to the proper campground area to use the facilities and make breakfast – oatmeal of course!
Riding with Alex is not technically “riding with” Alex – he goes about double my speed – so we immediately split up and don’t see much of each other unless he takes a break. Today was sweltering – in the 30s for sure. The only plus side of this is that the bugs are kept at bay – they are smart and stay out of the sun…. unfortunately for us, no escape – no trees, no streams, no towns, no signs….. just one little oasis – a truck stop! We stopped for lunch – I had a roast beef sandwich with poutine – have I mentioned I crave poutine like mad? I cannot wait until Quebec! It will be dangerous ;) We brought our food to the back of the building hoping to find some shade – we did, and we also found a group of nice local men offering us all sorts of things – showers, run through the sprinklers, vitamins, even a free room at a hotel in Medicine Hat ….. we did not take then up on any offers – we were later told the hotel has bed bugs, so we steered clear of that.
The last 30km to Redcliff was really hard for me. The heat was intense and I swear we were going uphill. My knee was starting to twinge near the end – so I was really glad when Alex suggested camping here rather than going the further 10km to Medicine Hat. We were standing outside of a closed visitor info centre when a woman whose name i cannot remember but i keep thinking its Maureen but you know how it is – probably nothing even close….. Patty maybe?….. away she asked if we needed anything – campgrounds – restaurants. She was lovely – a really good sign this was a good little town. The next good sign was at the campground – a man came over to say hello and explained that his whole family are the rest of the people there -a huge family reunion! Anyway he said if we pitched out tent on the grass we could be in and out without anyone noticing – ie. a free night. We set up, locked out bikes together and to a tree then took off to town – food & beer – Alex likes (needs?) his after riding beer. We found a pub which didn’t serve food and a restaurant that didn’t serve beer – but luckily we could take the food over to the pub – so it all worked out well. I had my eye on the soft serve ice cream at the diner for dessert…. German Chocolate Cake! Delicious!