I have tried calling you guys a few times this morning. Could you please tell arvid that the visas have been granted. I have to leave for work. (Text from Ruth Loewen this morning)
Arvid and Ruth have been concerned that the visas for our guests from Kenya, as of yesterday, had not been granted! Yesterday Charles told Arvid…
“We have prayed this morning and God has a couple of hours to answer our requests”
Four Am comes early! Sleep deprivation reins. Our main man is struggling to even get one eye open.
I comment that, “We’re beside a cow pasture and we have four bars!
A voice responds ” And cows don’t even drink beer!”
Humour is a good indicator of how everyone is feeling!
Arvid hit the road at 4:45 this morning and he is eastern bound!
Arvid is through Edmonton and into the Prairies! He has his sights set on Winnipeg, where he’ll see his grandsons and interact at several events at supportive Hutterite colonies, then arrive for the MCF banquet in Winnipeg.
On day 5 he completed 391km, including 588m of gain and 761m of descent. Let the prairies commence!
A Canadian country singer, Corb Lund, wrote a very humorous song about cows:
“Everything is better with some cows around…”
We parked for the evening beside a cow pasture just east of Maidstone Saskatchewan.
Arvid completed an amazing 400 K’s today and now he eating BB chicken from Sobeys.
Plan is to be back on the road before 5:00 am.
It’s in vogue in social media to post pictures of food!
Posted is Arvid’s lunch!
From the Roadside Cafe just east of Vegreville Alberta
Recipe available on Grandpas Can.
The Slick Stick is a mechanical device invented by Jodi Friesen, (Avid’s Daughter)
The purpose of the “Slick Stick) is to pass food and electronic devices to a cyclist from a moving vehicle.
– This is not a toy! (It looks like a grandchild’s plastic lacrosse stick)
-Don’t try this at home!
-Use certified operators only!
– Field tested by top endurance athletes!
– Don’t accept cheap imitations!
– Order now from Grandpas Can.com
For those considering being part of Arvid’s support team should possess “Red Seal” certification.
Three eggs on toast. Eggs medium hard. Served each morning at break. Patio ambience required!
Contrary to the Beatle’s hit tune: “Long and Winding Road ” highway 34 is long, straight, narrow and busy!
We have resorted to “leapfrogging”. Going ahead and waiting.
As crew we are often asked, “What do talk about all day long?”
Many times we talk how to best support Arvid while keeping him safe.
Once the basics are covered we have more in-depth conversations!
Yesterday we attempted to “identify” those persons who exhibited extreme organization and chaos!
The following two pictures should help potential crew members determine where the fall on this scale!
Morning has broken like the first morning
Blackbird has spoken like the first bird
Praise for the singing
Praise for the morning
Praise for them springing fresh from the world
Arvid was away early this morning. We are closing in on Fort Saskatchewan.
It looks like Arvid completed 355km on day 4, gaining 1,605m and losing 1,556m. He’s approaching Edmonton today!
Today we had our first flat tire.
We simply “swap” out the wheel and tire from his spare bike and get Arvid on his way.
We then repair the original tire in the motor home. It tends to turn the vehicle into a mobile bike shop.
Rick’s bed works very well as our work bench.
Sounds like a good title for a country “tune”
Arvid is back in civilization! He made it to Grande Prairie last night, after 387km on the day. That included 2,283m of climbing and 2,683m of descending.
Arvid went through a pretty rough time with a long stretch of road which had been recently “milled”.
Pavement milling is the process of removing at least part of the surface of a paved area such as a road, bridge, …
These milled ridges make a very difficult to ride in straight line.