Thursday, June 19, 2008

Surprises from above and below...

Distance: 150 km
Time: 6.5 hours

The boys were loving today as they started out biking with the wind and made great time. However, it was no more than an hour in before they were caught by the rain and had to wait out a thunderstorm that loomed ahead. It didn't take long for the storm to pass by though and so for the rest of the day they were able to enjoy the show as they biked in the sun and watched the lightning in the clouds ahead of them (they were not in the lightning, only able to see it in the distance).

With one crisis averted they enjoyed the cool air brought on by the storm but were given one more surprise as they stumbled across some construction. It started out okay but the further they got the more the road seemed to throw at them...literally. The rain had turned the sand on the road into clay, which promptly clogged up their bikes. At one point it was bad enough that both Adam and Mike had to carry their bikes as the wheels were clogged and unable to turn. AJ, to Mike and Adam's chagrin, did not have this issue and coasted through with little difficulty. Luckily, it only lasted for 22 km and soon the boys were on their way again, crossing the border into Manitoba and finishing their long day with time to spare.

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