A beautiful day for a ride to Silton, Saskatchewan. Clear, sunny skies and the typical prairie winds made for a challenging road ride on Saturday. I love long endurance rides (110+km) over hilly terrain like this, as there is so much to see and experience. One can sense the Fall season moving in very quickly. September will be here soon, and the many Century rides (100km and 160km events) that are so typical for cyclists to participate in at this time of year. The Fall season is always a transition period for road cyclists. Some are looking forward to the cyclocross season, and others (myself included) begin earnest preparation for the winter cross country skiing season.
The good news is that Summer is still here and that there is plenty of time to get outdoors and enjoy the warm weather. I hope to do a little travelling out west over the next few weeks and do what I do best.
Eat, sleep, ride, rinse, and repeat 🙂
A special thank-you to fellow cyclist and Prairie Randonneur, David Macneil for taking these photographs. I added a little of my own special sauce (edits) to make them really shine 😉
High temperatures of 35C+ without rain for most of July in southern Saskatchewan has taken its toll on our yard and garden. Plenty of water and fertilizer has kept our front lawn green, but our once beautiful ferns and delicate flowers are drying up and withering away. Thankfully, certain species of flowers like the Tiger Lilly and the Sunflower thrive in the heat.
The 2017 Saskatchewan Provincial Criterium was held yesterday near the First Nations University in Regina, Saskatchewan. The Regina Cycling Club successfully hosted the entire provincial level series of races over two consecutive weekends. The events included a 40km and 15km Individual Time Trial, a Criterium, and a Road Race.
This morning I headed out west on a road ride of a classic loop that takes one through the picturesque community of Lumsden, Saskatchewan. The morning air was a little cool with a wind from the northwest. On my way out on highway 11 (also known as the Louis Riel Trail after the 19th century Métis leader), I came across thousands, if not tens of thousands of Monarch Butterflies sunning themselves (keeping warm) on the shoulder of the highway and fluttering about the Purple Flax and Canola fields. I can honestly say that, after a couple of decades of riding this route, I have never witnessed something so majestic. Of course, I had forgotten to mount my Garmin Virb camera on the bike before I set off this morning and have absolutely no evidence of this unique moment. Nevertheless, I was rewarded with, perhaps, a once-in-a-lifetime experience of the beauty and majesty of our natural world.