If this is Westlock it must be lunchtime …
Today was the day to push the distance a bit further. To Westlock and back.
It was a nice, cloudy morning when I left on my ride. As I pedaled north past Morinville the pavement started to get damp. I was thinking that the air sure smelled nice after a morning shower and how lucky I was that I had missed it. Wrong! I soon found myself in light rain. By the time I stopped for a rest break at the highway gas station at the Legal turnoff I was pretty wet. Fortunately the rain stopped a short distance north of there.
By the time I got to Westlock shortly after 1 pm I was ready for lunch. A Teenburger never tasted so good. After about a 45 minute lunch break I was on my way again.
While cycling north and then west to Westlock the wind was from a northerly direction. As I pedaled hard into the headwind I thought “at least I’ll have a tailwind on the way home”. I should have realized this is Alberta. While I was enjoying lunch the wind shifted to the east. My hopes of a tailwind to take me home were dashed.
Heading south I could see several storms off to the east but fortunately none of them hit me. The crosswinds were fairly strong and when I passed by the various storm cells the gusts grew even stronger. The leg from Villeneuve east into St. Albert, heading straight into the gusty winds, was a pure delight at a time when my legs were getting quite tired. But eventually I was winding my way through the streets of St. Albert to home.
Total distance: 148.76 km. Total time including lunch: 9 hours. My legs were happy to get off the bike after a little over 8 hours of grinding into wind.