I arrived in Medicine Hat yesterday exhausted but empowered. I was left with barely enough energy to dismount the bike, but in that moment I felt capable of just about anything.
Just hours earlier I set out with the impossible goal of biking 300 KM in a single day, nearly twice my daily average to this point. Two flat tires, a gallon of chocolate milk and 10.5 hours later I rolled into Medicine Hat to stay with Gary and Joy Groves, owners of the Groves B & B.
Yesterday’s ride was as mentally exhausting as it was physically. On more then one occasion I had talk myself out of the urge to just set up my tent roadside and call it a day. I had to work hard to talk myself back onto the bike. Somehow, against my better judgment, I was able to endure through it all and accomplish what I set out to do.
And in doing that, I came to realize the gift and the curse that is the Prairies. With the flat, straight roads and the west wind at my back I am able travel faster then I ever have to this point (45 KM/hour); however, the big sky and the open fields make me feel like I am on a stationary bike. The landscape is both endless and constant. There are no mountains to bike towards or over, no lakes to bike past. I am left with only the company of my bike and my thoughts, and that is more difficult than you can imagine.
Each new day brings with it a new challenge. On to a new city and a new province tomorrow. Swift Current, Saskatchewan here I come!
Total Kilometers Biked: 1527 KM