This ride and these phots were taken July 26, 2020.
Sunday morning and the living was easy. A beautiful breakfast of capuccinno, Mexican omlette, porchetta and ginger date scones. Who could ask for anything more?
The morning arrived beautiful and cool, with the promise of a bit of heat and wind in the afternoon. As such, we opted to take our bike ride in the morning. We followed our previous long route (505-234-510-233-SH625). At SH625, we opted to cross over and continue South toward Rolly View.
This was my first photo stop and here is what we saw, close at hand.
New mown hay field, with much thicker swaths than our last one.
The first shot below is of SH 625 where it intersects 232, taken from The Other Side (South)
A little further along, we had a livestock stop. Positively pastoral.
Moving on, we thought we would cut the trip off when we reached the 20 km (12.5 miles) one way mark. So, at 502 (Airport Road), we were about to turn around and retrace our steps, when something told us to ride just a bit further and we are glad we did.
From this one stop, we had so many viewing opportunities.
A Redtail Hawk soaring high above.
Another hay field, this one with square bale stacks.
A prairie pothole complete with resident waterfowl.
Our relaxation over, we turned around to head back North. Traffic on both 232 and 504 had increased, but we had little trouble crossing. I had planned my photo stops on the way out, so I took the lead, so Patty would know where to stop.
One last? canola bloom shot.
Agricultural heritage (old and newer)
American Pelicans, still flying in the area.
A crop of Field Peas (Cowpeas), which are actually closer to beans than English peas. Note the Edmonton city highrises (66 floor Stantec Place and 55 floor JW Marriott Hotel and Residences popping up in the background of one shot. A bit hazy, but they are 23 km. (14 miles) away as the crow flies.
A short 14 minutes and 4 km (2 1/2 miles) later, we were home completing a ride of almost 39 km (24 1/4 miles) in just less than 2 hours. What a great day!