To date: 1,377km
To go: 6,423km
After the intense heat and a fairly long day yesterday, we decided today was going to be a short rest day – just a quick 10km jaunt into Medicine Hat. First stop was the campground to check out the prices – but both of us were appalled by the $27/site fee … plus we had eyed up the surrounding hillside as we rode in and there was a hidden valley perfect for hiding out tents in. So we carried on with all our gear into town to find some food. That seems to be the life of a cyclist – either finding a place to sleep or something to eat!
We automatically noticed that most places were closed. Another part of the cyclist’s life is never knowing what day it is – it was indeed a Sunday which explained the quiet streets and closed doors. We came across a friendly gentleman who was keen to talk bikes for awhile – he even suggested having a coffee together in Tim Horton’s – but we were both too hungry to forgo a proper feast. Instead we found a restaurant and ordered three mains between the two of us – two meal-sized salads, a veggie burger and a poutine! What pigs :)
Next priority on our rest day was finding a laundry mat . My second time washing my clothes in a month! Technically speaking I wash them everyday – but I am not sure how good a job Camp Suds and a bathroom sink does. And my final rest day requirement was a coffee shop with wifi – I aim to find local independents but after following Google’s wild goose chase for an inexistent coffee shop, ended up at Starbucks. At least they are reliable – always a decent cappuccino, a plug and wifi!
We headed back to the campground later to make dinner – we figured if we just went in around the side, we could use the cooking area and showers even though we were not staying there – and sure enough – no problems. A few increasingly drunk girls chatted to us for awhile – they were very friendly and after telling us about this delicious bakery, they even went and got some of their buns for us. We cooked a stir fry with some of the fresh veggies we bought that morning from a greenhouse in Redcliff (the greenhouse capital) and it was absolutely divine – nothing like a home-cooked meal on a jet boil!
An interesting fact: Medicine Hat is known as Gas City….. I could not think of a more unfortunate moniker.
Oh and it is also home to the World’s Tallest Teepee!