The Current Normal – Head Out on the Highway

An obvious homage to the second line of Born to be Wild by Canadian rocker John Kay and Steppenwolf, one of my ultimate driving songs.

November 2, 2020 promised temperatures of +19 C (66 F) with a breezy morning and windy afternoon. We set out for our bike ride with fully charged batteries at about 10:30 AM, in an attempt to beat the higher winds.

Pedaling Eastward, the wind was in our faces, pedaling South, we again felt the wind in our faces. After about 5 miles, I stopped to remove a layer, gloves and toque. Things were heating up. Unusual weather for November 2, but we would take it. Naked tree trunks and tall golden grasses swayed in the winds.

At the corner of TR 505 and RR 234

At that point, we discussed how far we wanted to go and opted to ride South to SH 625, then East to RR 233 and then play it by ear. At 625, we turned East….into the wind. Traffic was busier than usual and even on the shoulder, we were buffeted about a few times by passing semis. We paused to take in the rural agricultural scenery.

Here is the highway of which I speak.
Stubble fields abound along the highway.

As we approached RR 233, we spotted neighbours P & M, also on bikes, heading South and exchanged waves. They are more serious cyclists than us and were riding true road bikes. We again stopped to admire the scenery, while they pedaled on. We turned South on 233 and followed P & M for a bit, before again stopping for photos.

P & M ride off into the distance
Still a few hay bales to move around.

Reaching Airport Road (East/West), I spied some “Alberta beef” up ahead and we paused for this bovine photo shoot.

We turned back to Airport Road, where we headed further East for a mile (wind in our faces) to RR 232, where we turned North. The winds were again in our faces, What the H—? OK, a fun ride home then! Our favourite little bird watching pond was still iced over, even at +12 C.

At SH 625, we turned East for the homeward trek and found the wind….again in our faces. Looks like the Blow-mont effect was more wide spread than we expected.

On the way outbound, we were watching for our donkey friends, but they were AWOL. On the return trip, they were standing about in the field looking incredibly cute.

After the donkey stop, we pedaled non stop for home and whichever way we turned, the wind was always in our faces. Good thing we had charged the batteries. We arrived home just after Noon, having ridden 36 km (22.5 miles). Not bad for November 2 and probably our last bike ride of the season.

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.

8 thoughts on “The Current Normal – Head Out on the Highway

    1. That is why we coined the name Blowmont to describe our little city. It is likely due to the hill in the center of town. The winds are always in your face. Even when we take the routes in reverse, we are always battling wind. We loved these donkeys. Typically, if we stood there too long, two huge dogs would come bounding and barking at us to get us to move on. Not this day. Thanks for reading Bernie. Allan


  1. Look at those super cute donkeys! Lovely photos, Allan. Nothing better than going for a ride on a sunny day. The freezing temperatures are set to come back to Ireland again, but we have to see it to believe it. -27’C in Latvia at the moment, and my sister just came back from her daily swim. She needs to bring an axe with her, because the lake is frozen solid. Thanks for sharing and have a good day 😀 Aiva

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    1. Yes, we always looked forward to seeing the donkeys on that ride. We have a couple of nice days left, after our mini blizzard and then daily highs will be stuck around -13C. I get shivers just thinking of swimming in a frozen lake or any lake when the air temp is below 28C. Talk about invigorating. Thanks for reading and stay well Aiva. Allan

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