|July 8 Day 16 Drumheller – Youngstown
Time 4h 56m
Average speed: 26.13/H
T to D 1144 k’s
Up early today. We left camp outside Drumheller at 7:30 so that I could make Hanna by noon. The ride to Hanna was very good as we had a nice tail wind for most of the way. So instead of being there at between 12:30 & 1 we arrived at around 11:30.
The reason for the hurry to get to Hanna was that I was to meet brother Bob and niece Lisa in Hanna and visit bother Mikes grave site there. Mike who passed away 20 years ago has two daughters, Tara and Lisa. I have been close to these two special nieces for many years. The surprise was that Tara who now lives in B.C., was there when I arrived with her lovely daughter Megan and son Colton came in as we were visiting. It was great to see these folks and get in a little visit before Bob and Lisa arrived. After a quick lunch we went to the grave site for a short visit and then we left for the evening camp site in Youngstown, 55 k east.
This is a special stop for the tour. The folks in Youngstown have made it a tradition to put on a pot luck dinner for the tour. This is done in the community hall. Oh by the way Youngstown is an agricultural community of around 250 souls and what nice folks they are. The dinner was just great and the deserts were even better. It’s hard to know how to thank such nice folks for their kindness.
The wind had picked up considerably to over 40k/h and there was a high probability of rain so Youngstown allowed us to put out our sleeping bags and spend the night in the hall. Nice as this meant we had a pretty good night’s sleep and could pack up for and early departure for our 150 k ride to Kindersly SK. The weather is overcast with expected winds like yesterday but a bit cooler.
That means we have crossed province number two and only 8 to go. It has been a great ride so far.
Foot note: My mother spend some of her younger years in Youngstown. Her dad, who had suffered a serious knee injury when kicked by a mule in a mine in the Drumheller valley moved here to open a small garage. They then moved to Delburne where this Terry grew up.