That’s So 2020 – the Cycle Continues

Apparently, this year from H— has spawned a new catchphrase “That’s So 2020” that appropriately describes any bad, weird quirky thing that happens. So, my posts will not longer use “The Current Normal” phrase. Hope you enjoy reading.

October 9, 2020

We had promised ourselves that we would ride our E-bikes, well into the fall, weather permitting. After being home from Jasper for 4 days, we could not wait any longer. On a grey changeable day, with blustery fall winds, we headed out into the country to see what we had missed in the last two weeks. Geared up with gloves, toques and extra layers, we set off. The wind still felt cold and we soon noticed the wind was coming out of the East (the direction we were travelling).

The next thing we noticed was that it felt damp. This was either because my frozen eyelids were causing my eyes to tear up or due to the rain drops hitting us. Hmmm, where did that come from?

Nonetheless, we persevered and rode part of usual route through Beaumont, then South on 241, East on 505 and South on 234 to Highway 625. While only a distance of 13 2/3 miles (22 km), it felt like we were working really hard. I had my power up to 3 (odd for me) and it did not take long for the battery to drop down.

Here we are at the turn around point. It looks a bit less friendly with no sun and no leaves on the trees. Still, a good rural scene. On our return trip, we stopped a few times to humour my photo obsession.

The old farm don’t look the same.
Farm outbuildings
Harvest mostly complete. Substandard yields, butt hey got it all off. Yay
An old granary fallen into disuse. Reminds me of the 3 months I had to sleep in a granary at one of the farms my Dad worked on. My bedroom granary was in a bit better repair.
Canada Geese were everywhere, looking for some dropped grain to eat to fatten up for the trip South
Even the crows were having a tough go making headway
The road home. At least the wind would be behind us.
Leaves dropping but still some fall colour
tall grasses with round bales behind
Old friends saying hello
a blaze of glory

15 miles total ride and we had used up 3/4’s of our battery power. Nest time, we will dress warmer.

Published by kagould17

After working for 43+ years (38 years 7 months with my last company), I finally got that promotion I waited my entire career for……retirement. I have been exploring this new career for the past 3+ years and while it is not always exciting, the chance to do what I want for myself and my family instead of what my company wanted me to do has been rewarding. While I still miss the social aspect of working with a team of great people, I have managed to keep in touch with many from my former team and I have many friends and family members who now fulfill this part of my life. Now that my Patty has retired, we are able to spend more time in pursuits and with people who are near and dear to us. I enjoy photography, gardening, working with my hands, walking, cycling, skiing, travelling, reading and creating special photo and video productions obtained in my first pastime. I may not become wealthy in any of these pursuits, but I already feel I am rich in life experiences far beyond any expectation.

18 thoughts on “That’s So 2020 – the Cycle Continues

    1. For sure. I lived in Southern Alberta for a few years, as well. Not a fan of grey skies, but they can be dramatic. Sun here yesterday and today. Lifts the spirits, for sure. Thanks for reading Lynette. Allan

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  1. It’s amazing to see how much actually the landscape changes with each passing season and how much beauty there is in nature even on a overcast day. I still ride my bike to work, but have to keep an eye on the weather forecast as icy road conditions aren’t my favourite thing to experience on two wheels. Thanks for sharing and take care. I hope all is well 😃 Aiva

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    1. Yes, who knew that the death of summer could be so beautiful. Our bikes are safely stowed down ou basement, as there will be no hope of another ride before May. Today is the warmest day in about 10 days and it got to -2C. Stay safe and ride carefully. Thanks for reading Aiva. Allan

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    1. Fall grey is the perfect foil for what little colour remains. That has become our favourite spot for a turn around for shorter bike rides. Thanks for reading Bernie. Allan


  2. I love to see old barns. In my neck of the woods, there will be an old neglected outbuilding or barn sitting close to a populated area and sometimes very close to the road, It makes me wonder about the story behind it. If only old barns could talk.

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    1. Yup, anything that is a bump in the road this year is “So 2020”. Thanks. The gloomy fall skies did indeed make the last fall colours appear brighter in comparison. Thanks for reading. Stay well. Allan

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  3. I love the farm photos, and the saying too. This has been a horrible year, but for my family, the one redeeming feature has been the birth of our new granddaughter. I’m so glad that there’s at least one good thing that happened in 2020!

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