Day 19: Bassano to Medicine Hat 154k

Today was much the same as yesterday. More headwind though. Took me 1.5 hours to travel only 6k farther. Also some rain, though really only a light sprinkle. One distinction I will make is that when I got to the campsite it was quite well maintained. It had Wi-Fi and complete facilities. I also got to talking with my neighbour who was a 60 y/o social worker driving his motorcycle across the country to visit his parents. Gerald was quite the fellow and we had a nice chat.

I will also take this opportunity to bring up Charles Prinsep. I didn’t know him, but I did know of him as our families ran into each other from time to time when I was quite young. When planning my trip some mutual family friends informed me that he had been hit by a drunk driver and died while cycling near Brooks, AB. A town I had passed earlier today.

I don’t bring this up to scare people who are following my blog, or to discourage anyone from undertaking any sort of adventure cycling or otherwise. Anyone who undertakes anything of the sort understand there are some inherent risks.

I suppose I bring it up because I was thinking about it for much of the day. If you are so inclined there is a charity in his name ‘Charlie’s Freewheels’ they build bikes for those with trouble affording them, and educate people in bicycle maintenance.

He also had a blog the It’s more interesting than this one.


Back to me for a second, I had cycling companions briefly today. These fellas followed me as far as they could and it put a smile on my face.




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