Friday, July 07, 2006

Crimson Lake to Lacombe

Day 17 (72 miles)

We leave the campsite and pull directly into Rocky Mountain House where the roadside signs assure us that this is where adventure begins. I fail to concur on this point but I'm sure they have their reasons.

The roads are quiet but lack shoulders but heavy traffic is left behind when we pull off for Sylvan Lake. A fine coffee shop is discovered which is run by a fellow ex-pat and we discuss points of culture shock for a few minutes.

After Sylvan Lake we go through Bentley and get sight of our first proper grain elevator, a large, pristine white affair that makes everything around it feel very 20 years ago. A cycle lane takes us all the way out of town and into the adjoining provincial park for a quiet night and a beautiful sunset.

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