It rained and rained through the night and morning so I just waited it out and got onto dry roads at about 1:30 pm. But after a few kilometers of climbing look what I see.
Are you thinking what I’m thinking? More or less downhill now for a long long time. And more oxygen with each breath I take.
The ride from outside Hinton to Edson is smooth with a wee tailwind and a few brief showers. The landscape is getting flatter all the time.
I find a Thai restaurant in Edson then make my way about ten more kilometers to the East of Edson campground. Yes that is the name. But there is one hurdle. Chip seal.
This is the way they pave roads here. Lay down some sticky tar then put gravel on top for cars and trucks to grind into the tar. But it is a mess for cyclists. Loose gravel covers the road shoulder and the trucks kick up the gravel into your bike, legs, arms, face and ping, ping, ping, your helmet.
When I get off the highway and into the campground, it is like getting off a battlefield. Fortunately I am met with some kind campground managers who used to be lighthouse keepers. And a nice sunset as well.
And this sign should be included in the next edition of the book “Eats Shoots and Leaves.”
And once again I set up my tent, the only one in the campground.
Stats – for Tuesday 19 June 2012
Distance: 89 km
Average Speed: 20.9 km/hr
Time on Bike: 4:14
Distance to Date: 2,156 km