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June 06, 2005 at 08:52PM
From: francois

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From marissa
Dude,

glad you are doing well despite all the unfortunate weather problems. I hope the motel has good movies playing while you wait out the storm.

The kids are doing very well in the blistering heat of Ontario and thinking of you often as we look at your site together. I like the pictures of all the travellers and locals you have met, that is very cool and i'm very jealous of the all the fun you are having...but you deserve it...(excuse me while i 'yahk')

:) keep up the peddling!
m.

There's an interesting movie on right now about the Halifax explosion. I unfortunately missed the beginning.

Can't wait to see you guys in Ontario. Hopefully this weather clears up soon so I can start plowing ahead.


June 06, 2005 at 09:50PM
From: Dalyn

Poor guy. Sucks about the weather. Hopefully some of this sun we're getting in Vancouver comes your way. Too bad your route will miss Drumheller. That's one of my favourite places in southern Alberta. Kind of a little out of the way for you now however. I'm really into the daily reports you're doing. It's pretty cool following along on your adventure.

Have fun and take care.

Dalyn


June 07, 2005 at 08:32AM
From: francois

Quote:

From Dalyn
Poor guy. Sucks about the weather. Hopefully some of this sun we're getting in Vancouver comes your way. Too bad your route will miss Drumheller. That's one of my favourite places in southern Alberta. Kind of a little out of the way for you now however. I'm really into the daily reports you're doing. It's pretty cool following along on your adventure.

Have fun and take care.

Dalyn

Drumheller is indeed out of my way. I had never heard of it so I just looked it up on google and it looks like a very cool place. Seems Drumheller is the Dinosaur capital of the world. For anyone else interested you can learn more about it at the following url:

http://www.dinosaurvalley.com/

I'm pleased you like my daily reports. I think, however, that you should pack your bike up in a box and bring it on a plane with you to Ontario to join up with me when I get there.

Have you finished renovating your basement suite yet?


June 07, 2005 at 12:43PM
From: Ivan the Terrible
Sorry about the weather

Hope I didn't jinks you by mentioning the stormy nature of weather around Pincher Creek. As you've already mentioned the southeast Kootenays are having snow, and now Pincher Creek is facing flooding.

Actually, in relation to the wind we were talking about, one sight that you probably would have appreciated is the wind-power turbines that are near Pincher Creek. As far as I remember, Pincher Creek was the trial area in Alberta for wind-power electricity generation because of the constant winds coming off the Rockies, and Pincher Creek promotes itself as the "Wind Energy Capital of Canada." http://www.pincher-creek.com/windenergy/ and http://www.windpower.ca/corpprof/corpprof.html

I also highly recommend Waterton Lakes National Park (http://www.pc.gc.ca/pn-np/ab/waterton/index_e.asp), and the tiny community of Waterton (http://www.watertoninfo.ab.ca/), which are to the southwest of Pincher Creek. Very beautiful area, and the gophers (or whatever they are can be really fun to watch, especially for kids). The food at the Kilmorey Lodge in Waterton is quite good. However, probably not an area to bike into, due to the large grizzly population in the area (http://www.watertoninfo.com/r/pred.html), although a lot of people go hiking and camping in the area. And, I think there is also still a buffalo herd that you can view up close (as in drive through the rangeland paddock in which they are kept and hopefully find the herd close to the road, if not on it).

And, since you're in Fort McLeod, you might want to check out Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump (http://www.head-smashed-in.com/).


June 07, 2005 at 01:01PM
From: francois

Quote:

From Ivan the Terrible
Hope I didn't jinks you by mentioning the stormy nature of weather around Pincher Creek. As you've already mentioned the southeast Kootenays are having snow, and now Pincher Creek is facing flooding.

Actually, in relation to the wind we were talking about, one sight that you probably would have appreciated is the wind-power turbines that are near Pincher Creek. As far as I remember, Pincher Creek was the trial area in Alberta for wind-power electricity generation because of the constant winds coming off the Rockies, and Pincher Creek promotes itself as the "Wind Energy Capital of Canada." http://www.pincher-creek.com/windenergy/ and http://www.windpower.ca/corpprof/corpprof.html

I also highly recommend Waterton Lakes National Park (http://www.pc.gc.ca/pn-np/ab/waterton/index_e.asp), and the tiny community of Waterton (http://www.watertoninfo.ab.ca/), which are to the southwest of Pincher Creek. Very beautiful area, and the gophers (or whatever they are can be really fun to watch, especially for kids). The food at the Kilmorey Lodge in Waterton is quite good. However, probably not an area to bike into, due to the large grizzly population in the area (http://www.watertoninfo.com/r/pred.html), although a lot of people go hiking and camping in the area. And, I think there is also still a buffalo herd that you can view up close (as in drive through the rangeland paddock in which they are kept and hopefully find the herd close to the road, if not on it).

And, since you're in Fort McLeod, you might want to check out Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump (http://www.head-smashed-in.com/).

Hey Ivan.

I did see many wind turbines (see the photos for a few examples). They were very huge and very cool. That is some crazy weather in pincher creek. Good thing I vacated there. The rain has still not stopped here either in Fort Macleod.

I've been wanting to go do some sight seeing but the rains and cold weather just make it unbearable to go outside. I guess I'll have to be happy just reading about that stuff online until the weather improves. Thanks for the great links.

Are Phaedra's relatives doing some sandbagging now? I heard the mayor of Pincher Creek talking on the weather channel and he mentioned that there was a bunch of sand bagging in progress.


June 07, 2005 at 09:14PM
From: Ivan the Terrible
Weather back in Pincher Creek

Francois,

Re: the weather in Pincher Creek, fortunately, Phaedra's relatives live at the top of the hill in Pincher Creek, although they said their gutter downspout couldn't keep up with the downpour, and their sump pump is going in the basement.

Phaedra's cousins that are still in school were off today and actually went to help with sandbagging, and then went for a drive with Phaedra's aunt to the nearby dam on the Old Man River. Apparently all six floodgates are open wide, and are quite the sight. And, southwest of Pincher Creek, there is snow, and Highway 22X has been closed due to numerous washouts.

However, Phaedra's aunt said the town of Pincher Creek, itself, seems to be a lot more prepared than the last flood in 1995. They're apparently taking pumping and other measures a lot more seriously.

She also said you were both lucky and smart to avoid as much of the bad weather in the area as you have; she said she saw two other pairs of cyclists heading out of Pincher Creek yesterday and today, and thought they must not be very comfortable biking in the horrible weather.

Stay dry.


June 07, 2005 at 09:58PM
From: Tosso's
Rain rain Go away......

Hey Francois,

Sucks about the weather :(

Mom is doing some voodoo for the sun to come out :rolleyes:

Jacob really enjoyed the picture of the truck. He even asked if you were driving in it. I think he is too obsessed with cars. So I told him that the truck is sooooo big, your uncle Francois could even ride his bike in it. :p

Anyways, we hope for the sun for you. Jacob says hello he wants to send you this face :eek:

All the best.

Olga & Jacob


June 08, 2005 at 11:50AM
From: Lucie

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From francois
Talk about anything you like here. Please offer me advice, send me words of encouragement, or tell me i'm crazy..whatever makes you happy.
I François, I really don't know if I'm writing at the right place but it's work so I will. I want to tell you congratulation for your decision of travelling like that. It takes a lot of courage to do it and I admire you for that . We all waiting to see you and your family in July. I wish you the best and a lot of endurance. Take care, we're watching you !
Love, Lucie and Robert.


June 08, 2005 at 03:08PM
From: francois

Quote:

From Ivan the Terrible
Francois,

Re: the weather in Pincher Creek, fortunately, Phaedra's relatives live at the top of the hill in Pincher Creek, although they said their gutter downspout couldn't keep up with the downpour, and their sump pump is going in the basement.

Phaedra's cousins that are still in school were off today and actually went to help with sandbagging, and then went for a drive with Phaedra's aunt to the nearby dam on the Old Man River. Apparently all six floodgates are open wide, and are quite the sight. And, southwest of Pincher Creek, there is snow, and Highway 22X has been closed due to numerous washouts.

However, Phaedra's aunt said the town of Pincher Creek, itself, seems to be a lot more prepared than the last flood in 1995. They're apparently taking pumping and other measures a lot more seriously.

She also said you were both lucky and smart to avoid as much of the bad weather in the area as you have; she said she saw two other pairs of cyclists heading out of Pincher Creek yesterday and today, and thought they must not be very comfortable biking in the horrible weather.

Stay dry.



Sounds like quite the adventure over there in Pincher Creek. I heard the mayor talking on the weather channel and he mentioned that Pincher Creek has done a lot of improvements to prevent the type of flooding they had in 1995.

Things seem to be much dryer today. I left Fort Macleod and cycled to Taber, which is 100KM to the east, along the #3. I only got a little bit of drizzle on me though it is still cold out.


June 08, 2005 at 03:10PM
From: francois

Quote:

From Tosso's
Hey Francois,

Sucks about the weather :(

Mom is doing some voodoo for the sun to come out :rolleyes:

Jacob really enjoyed the picture of the truck. He even asked if you were driving in it. I think he is too obsessed with cars. So I told him that the truck is sooooo big, your uncle Francois could even ride his bike in it. :p

Anyways, we hope for the sun for you. Jacob says hello he wants to send you this face :eek:

All the best.

Olga & Jacob


Olga,
please thank your mom for the voodoo. I awoke today to find dry weather and so I pedalled my butt out of Fort Macleod. I did get a little bit wet on the road but it was pretty minor.

I'll be updating the site shortly with today's update and there's a picture of a big steam locomotive in there that Jacob might like. Please give Jacob a kiss for me.