Country Roads

All photos taken on June 25, 2022.

After recent rains, we again opted to head East on our rural routes, hoping for a better experience that that of our ride which I posted on my Climate Change is Real post.

We both had our new E-bikes this time and were eager to see how a longer ride went. Turns out that our ride was a much better experience this time, both in terms of comfort and scenery.

Country Roads ©

Taking in the views!

You never know what you’ll see

riding country roads.

Crops are jumping after the recent heavy rains

Cattle herds are chowing down on lush spring grass

Things are a bit wet, down on the farm

The horses stop to check out what manner of creature walks on two round legs

At a crossroads, kind of like life

Follow the straight and narrow

lone llama looks out of place

red-tailed hawk soars high above, looking for lunch

our transportation on this day (33 km or 20 miles ridden)

this prairie pothole has grown since the rains, but not much more birdlife on display

these old farm buildings have seen better days

as we stopped to look, we heard a familiar call and an American Avocet touched down, looking for some grub

a couple of ducks float serenely by

red-tailed hawk’s return

no shortage of red-winged blackbirds

this pothole seems to be getting choked out by weeds

blue winged teal floating on pond scum

rural landscape

these farm buildings seem to be in a relaxed state

canola (rapeseed) crop

bovine standoff

this country roads tour was much more rewarding than our last.

Published by kagould17

Not much to tell. After working for 3 companies over 43+ years (38 years 7 months with my last company), I finally got that promotion I had waited my entire career for……retirement. I have been exploring this new career for the past 7+ 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 wants has been very fulfilling. Early on, there was a long list of projects in my “to-do” hopper and I attacked these projects with a vengeance for the first 9 months of retirement. Eventually, my brain told me that this was not what retirement was about, so it took me another 5 months before my industriousness again took over and I attacked another line of projects, this time somewhat shorter and less complicated, as well as many new projects related to the family weddings in 2016. After going hard for 6 weeks and 3 weddings, my body was telling me to relax, then the flu bug hit and as soon as that was done with me, my sciatic acted up. No rest for the wicked. In 2020 and 2021, the Covid 19 pandemic changed the whole retirement gig. I was lucky to not be still working, for sure. 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 never become wealthy in any of these pursuits, but I already feel I am rich in life experiences far beyond any expectation.

18 thoughts on “Country Roads

  1. What a beautiful trip you had! I love the old farm buildings (but only for their photographic value – I wouldn’t want to have to repair them), and the bird pictures (I don’t think I’ve ever seen an avocet but I recognized the bill right away). Wonderful photos.

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    1. They are perfect for longer rides, especially for those whose knees may not be in perfect shape. I have almost 400 km on mine already and we have transported into the city once. Fingers crossed we have enough room to take them with us to the mountains. Thanks for reading Marion. Hope you had a great Sunday. Allan

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  2. I love living in the country. Our little village is growing with a new development on the south side so apparently their are many others looking for the same experience. I love that we have all this and more within steps of our home.
    I love the e-bikes! This is something I think I would love to use to get to work and back which is 9 kms away to our nearest town. How are they on gravel?

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    1. When we moved here, the town slogan was Country Living, City Style. From our upstairs, we could see horses and cows. 32 years and 16,000 additional residents later, we are still glad to be here. It was a good place to raise our kids. These bikes are good. They are OK on gravel (I think I have a post coming, but, it can get a bit bumpy. The fat tires are more stable on gravel than the road bike tires. Thanks for reading Angie. Allan

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