Gull Lake to Chaplin - 146 kms
So I was slightly soggy when I rolled out of Gull Lake. I liked that little town and it reminded me a lot of the town that I grew up in. The morning was cold but the wind was hauling in my direction so I got out on the road really early. Took a break in Swift Current to play on my computer and then for lunch in Herbert. Relatively uneventful day and I was off the rode in Chaplin at about 2 pm for some well need rest. Chaplin is really really small. There is a bar, a small store and a restaurant on the highway and that is about it. The streets are dirt but the people seem nice. I went to the 'store' but the pickings were very very slim. I was hoping to get some good bread but hotdog buns were all they had. No Veggies but they had some watermelon and chocolate milk so I bought those and had pasta for a second night in a row. I will have to get some good cheese and bread in Regina because all that was here were hotdogs and pizza pops. Then I slept and slept and slept.
Yesterday I learned:
- Alpacas look funny shaved...
- I am not going to get a good Brie in small town Saskatchewan
Chaplin to Regina - 162 kms
About 20 k after that I was getting that bonking feeling again and the wind had doubled its efforts. I was almost in my granny gear. Its absolutely nuts how much wind my bags and upright position push. I am used to be able to be really low and out of the wind on my race bike and it was so crazy that if I stopped pedaling for a second I would stop immediately. The other thing that was a slap in the face was I could see Regina in the distance and no matter how hard I pedaled I could not get any closer. Three more things helped me get through that last forty kilometers. My friend Tara is racing in Banff Bike Week and she did well and was texting me her results. This got me thinking about racing and gave me a little bit of energy and I thought of past races. Second was my friend Jennifer was texting me motivational pictures with saying such as "hang in there" Cheezy but it helped! Thanks to both of you. The third thing was the strategically placed T.M. sticker on my bike. Every time I hung my head from fatigue I would see the sticker on the top tube and that pushed me on. Thanks for that Brett.
Today was way longer than it should have been and I feel like I climbed up Cycpress 15 times back to back with no breaks. I am hoping tomorrow will be better for wind and I can ride easy to recover from today.
I AM AN ADVENTURER
Today I learned:
- Pop Tarts are awesome, easy to eat and a solid kick in the pants. Thanks David Gerth for the pro tip.
- I look homeless
- Wind in the face is not cool