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233 TOO/TO/TWO?

All photos taken on August 14, 2022.

On August 9, 2022, when I was getting the bikes out to ride them to the bike shop, I found the back tire on my bike was flat. I quickly pumped it up and rode it to the shop as quickly as possible, where it was again flat. Hmmm, what’s that about?

After 2 days in the shop, we picked our tuned up bikes up on August 11. The tech advised he had found a lot of bolts that needed tightening (not unusual on a new bike and that he had patched my flat. He thinks it was because the tire pressure was too high and he recommended we drop it to about 15 psi for a smoother ride and to minimize future flats. We had only completed one in town bike ride since then.

Today was to be the big test. We were going to head North again on TR 233 and see what we could see. Hopefully, I would not have to walk back……………

Headed East on TR 505 (50th Street)

We paused to look at the horses and spotted this little foal (likely the one we had seen shortly after its birth). The foal was almost lost in the tall grass and was chowing down with the best of them.

We turned North on RR 234 until the T intersection with TR 510 (one road we do not like to ride on, due to traffic. We only had a 100 meters to ride West to RR 233.

Once we were on TR 233, we slowed the pace down to enjoy the rural scenery and the absence of vehicle traffic. This barley crop is ripening early for this part of the country.

The yellow canola blooms are long gone and the seed pods are filling nicely. Fingers crossed for a good crop, to mitigate the cooking oil shortage created by Russia’s invasion of Ukriane.

The asphalt surface had been renewed on a good portion of 233. The surface was a bit bumpy, but far better than gravel.

I took this selfie while stopped, so not to worry

As it was early Sunday AM, not too many folk were stirring yet, so we had the road to ourselves. Lots of time to stop and look about.

This field of oats was thick with Canada thistle, but again, the seeds were filling nicely.

We rolled on North on 233…

…until we passed our previous turn around point and headed into new territory.

We soon came to a level rail crossing, running at a steep angle across the road. Although we were on fat tire bikes, we still needed to be careful to cross the tracks as close to a right angle as possible.

We came upon this little window in the windbreak showing this pair of barns

and the road still continued North to another farm…

…with another barn.

Shortly after, we came to TR 514, which connected with the busy Ellerslie Road further West. We paused for traffic to clear, before riding on…

…down a tree lined road which seemed to keep narrowing, the further we rode.

Another farm view with giant round hay bales

This area seemed relatively unafflicted with acreages. It was nice to see farm life thriving

at long last, we arrived at TR515 and a bend to the East at Country Side Golf Club,

before passing a few ponds,

another pretty farmyard…

…and finding ourselves by Highway 14, near the junction with Anthony Henday Drive. At 19 km. (nearly 12 miles) we were a long way from home….I checked my tire, nervously. If the side road had only gone a bit further, we could have reached Barr Estate Winery Inc. and perhaps had a taste test of some of their fruit wines (raspberry, rhubarb, strawberry/rhubarb and sour cherry). Not today, but maybe there is another route.

Time to head for home.

Shortly after turning back onto 233, we spotted a pair of raptors. Patty thought they might be eagles, as they were bigger than a red tail hawk. In slide one, you can see a mouse gripped in a talon. Lunch was being served.

Leaves were starting to turn colour on the roadside poplars

We paused for a better look at the barn we had seen on the way out.

Here we are back at RR 514…

…and the railroad crossing where I hammed it up.

Herd of cows? Of course, I’ve heard of cows. The one white face seemed to be challenging me “Who you calling Bossie?”

These vintage threshing machines rested in the shade of a windbreak

This farmer had taken a couple of turns around his oat crop, likely turning the green crop into silage/greenfeed.

Back at 510 and a short jog to 234

At long last back on 505, we were on the homeward stretch and the wind was kicking up. No worries, we had E-bikes.

Another pause to watch the horses

A pretty hay crop infiltrated by yellow Sow thistle and purple Canada thistle…

…and the pea crop close to town. If I had to guess, it has likely been sprayed to kill the green growth, so it can be harvested.

Clouds and contrails in a bright blue Alberta sky

Speaking of harvest, here is what I managed to pull out of our Garden of Eatin’ when we got back home

The total ride was 38 km (24 miles) and no flat tires. Yay!

Below is the Google route we took. The first slide shows how long it would take by car and the 2nd shows how long it would take by bike. We took 2 hours and 15 minutes including photo stops. Not too shabby.

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.

12 thoughts on “233 TOO/TO/TWO?

  1. Lovely captures from your ambitious bike ride in the countryside. Glad to hear that you had the rural roads mostly all to yourselves. Looks like you got a good harvest from your garden. I like to eat the leaves from my beets too. They work well in a salad.

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    1. Thanks Linda. It is fun to get out and explore what surrounds us. We know the safe roads to ride on now. We eat the beet greens too, but so do the sparrows, so we are lucky that a few survive in good enough shape to enjoy. Thanks for reading. Allan

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    1. Thanks Luisa. For the most part, these roads are quiet throughout the day. Only the farmers and acreage owners use the roads to get to their homes. There are busier periods, but nothing serious. Most through traffic stays on the main road. Thanks for reading Luisa. Allan

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    1. E-bikes have been a Godsend for us. It takes care of any knee issues and climbs the hills with ease. The Rad Power Bikes we have are the best we have ridden and they fold. Thanks for reading. Allan

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