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Road Block? – the choice of direction is yours

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All photos taken on our 40 km (25 mile) bike ride on September 5, 2021.

Labour Day! The last long weekend of the summer/first long weekend of the fall and we could not ask for better weather. From Friday to Monday, temperatures will range from +22 to +25 C (72-77 F). As hours of daylight get shorter, our outdoor time (cycling, hiking, gardening or just doing nothing) is getting more and more precious.

Meanwhile, Covid cases are on the upswing as the anti-vaxers and vaccine hesitant get even more determined not to get the shot. Enter our illustrious, long absent leader on September 3/21, to do the right errr, something. As usual, he was a day late (6 weeks) and a dollar short. Instead of rewarding those who have been vaccinated, he elected to reward the unvaccinated, as an enticement to get the shot. Psssst, if you get the shot, we’ll slip you $100. Well, don’t the 3,000,000 Albertans who already did the right thing feel stupid for rushing in too soon? Masks are back in for indoor spaces (about time – we never stopped wearing ours), liquor sales are curtailed after 10:00 PM and indoor gatherings have a “suggested” limitation of 2 families not exceeding 10 people from cohort families. All this, as cases, hospitalizations and ICU admissions increase, causing delays in other hospital procedures, including my long delayed follow up colonoscopy.

Oh, and yes, even though the party in power does not approve of vaccine passports or their use in Alberta, they will be providing a printable proof of vaccination card and perhaps a QR code sometime…..soon….I hope. More and more establishments see that the only way to stave off further shutdowns is to limit access to those who provide proof of vaccination or a clean current Covid test result. In the interim, a few continue to protest, some even blocking access to the Vancouver General Hospital, where health care staff and chemo patients were hassled and roughed up as they struggled to get to their job and appointments. As well, a stabbing victim died when his ambulance could not reach the ambulance bay. I guess empathy and common sense are just not very common any more.

It is like the feature photo (also below). When we are presented with restrictions or barriers, we have the right to choose which direction we go, but we also must accept the consequences of that choice and we must realize our rights are only our rights until they infringe on the rights of others. I just hope we all choose wisely.

When oh when will they ever get this road back open…?

With all this stuff spinning, we once again set off for a rural ride and managed to take our minds off the Covid issues and the upcoming elections for a little while. It was just what we needed to restore our Zen.

The day was glorious and even though the winds were often in our faces, making our way over the roads was easy, once we got past the rider’s block.

At the barrier, we opted to turn left, as usual and see what was happening out in the country

Harvest is fully under way. These farmers were likely waiting for the morning dew to dry off, before starting back up.

Further along, some farmers had swathed their canola, others were doing their second hay cut and still others had already turned the soil over for the fall.

Approaching Airport Road, we had choices to make and opted to ride a bit further South to see what was happening on our favourite Prairie Pothole

Before proceeding, we watched a red-tailed hawk sitting on guard in a tree and another soaring, looking for dinner.

This prairie pothole was the largest along our route and still had plenty of water and birds in it, including a Solitary Sandpiper. I had heard a call that I thought was a Killdeer, but found out it was this sandpiper. Other potholes were so dry, even the stink was gone.

Blue sky and puffy clouds hung above us
This old cattle shed is hanging on
You may recall this pothole from my Pothole series. This is the one that was all covered in algae. Not much left now and no birds.

At one corner, we were met by stares from these curious bovines.

More crops in various phases of harvest and blue sky above it all.

Back at the barrier, we opted to go play on the yellow line. It was a pleasure riding along this smooth stretch of road with no cars on it.

Along the way, we passed fields where canola had been or was being swathed. Beaumont’s church on the hill stood tall above it all.

Here is a scene you do not see everyday in this part of the world

A new calf and mama looked at us in amazement.

One last prairie sky look

Published by kagould17

Not much to tell. After working for 3 companies over 43+ years (38 years 7 months with my last company), I finally got that promotion I had waited my entire career for……retirement. I have been exploring this new career for the past 7+ years and while it is not always exciting, the chance to do what I want for myself and my family instead of what my company wants has been very fulfilling. Early on, there was a long list of projects in my “to-do” hopper and I attacked these projects with a vengeance for the first 9 months of retirement. Eventually, my brain told me that this was not what retirement was about, so it took me another 5 months before my industriousness again took over and I attacked another line of projects, this time somewhat shorter and less complicated, as well as many new projects related to the family weddings in 2016. After going hard for 6 weeks and 3 weddings, my body was telling me to relax, then the flu bug hit and as soon as that was done with me, my sciatic acted up. No rest for the wicked. In 2020 and 2021, the Covid 19 pandemic changed the whole retirement gig. I was lucky to not be still working, for sure. I enjoy photography, gardening, working with my hands, walking, cycling, skiing, travelling, reading and creating special photo and video productions obtained in my first pastime. I may never become wealthy in any of these pursuits, but I already feel I am rich in life experiences far beyond any expectation.

30 thoughts on “Road Block? – the choice of direction is yours

  1. This is the season when the fields are busy with the harvest, which makes these large areas a little more active and interesting to cross. Every year I see new machines, always more impressive.

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      1. Oh, I realize that, but that makes it worse, taking on that debt on a depreciating asset. I come from a farm background where my father always bought cheap broken down equipment and spent all his time fixing it. Neither method is satisfactory for the smaller operator. Cheers. Allan

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      2. It is funny that equipment sales companies don’t offer custom combining services. I remember when my Dad would scrounge around the farms and used equipment lots to find a good old combine for less than $5,000 and then spent many hours keeping it working. The days of the small and/or hobby farmer are long gone. Cheers.


    1. We are actually a couple of weeks early, due to our hot summer. The good news is the crop can be harvested. The bad news is, large portions will be of lower quality. Thanks for reading Marion. Allan

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  2. An excellent piece, Allan. I am losing all patience with the unvaccinated as they are holding our entire nation hostage, to say nothing of the fact that they may be responsible for causing another variant that evades our protections. There are a small number of people who can’t get the vaccines, but they are a VERY small number and not be used as an excuse. If we’re still living in Alberta, I would be livid with Kenney and the whole UCP. What a crowd.

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    1. Thanks Lynette. What we need is a proof of vaccination card, so each venue can set their own rules. This has proven (in B.C. in particular) to prompt the hesitant to get vaccinated. Every decision each of makes comes with consequences, some good and and some bad and I am growing really tired of being penalized for the bad choices of others. As to Jason Kenney and the United Clown Posse, I was done with them before they were elected. He is governing for 20% of the population and to give the unvaccinated my tax money to entice them does not make any sense. The provincial election can not come soon enough. Thanks for reading Lynette. Hope you are having a fabulous Labour Day. Allan

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  3. So glad you were able to have a lovely walk. It’s nice to get out and decompress after all this crap going on. I don’t feel like I can talk about it too much because I’m not a citizen, but I’ll just say I support what you’re saying and say it louder for the people in the back!

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    1. I’m with you. We all need a break from the constant news cycle churn. I was not going to get into it, but the events over the past week just boggle the mind. We need to get this sorted, because right now, I feel that the Earth thinks humans are virus and Covid 19 is Earth’s immune response. And now we have an unnecessary Federal election to look forward to Sigh. Thanks for reading and commenting. Allan

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      1. I think you’re right about the earth thinking humans are the virus and COVID is the immune response. I can’t talk about the election. After 2016, elections make me sick 🤢

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  4. Sadly, I don’t think we gonna be able to take our minds off of COVID for a while now, Allan. In Ireland, it’s only a sixth day since kids are back to school and already thousands of children are isolating at home after being identified as close contacts amid school return. At least we don’t have many antivaxxers and just to day the news reported that so far 82.6% of Ireland’s population over 12 are fully vaccinated. Can’t wait to see the end of it 🙂 Thanks for sharing and have a nice day. Aiva xx

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    1. Agreed. Here, the doctors and scientists tell everyone to get vaccinated and Facebook tells them to take horse de-wormer. They believe Facebook. Hard to fathom, but everyone has the right to a choice and the consequences. Sorry to hear about the school kids having to isolate, but good on you for being 82.6% vaccinated. Canada is also over 80% but our province is only just over 70%. I agree. I long for the day all we have to talk about is the weather. Stay well Aiva. Allan

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  5. That’s the same problem we’ve had in the States. The people who wanted to get vaccinated have done it, but it turns out there’s a lot who don’t want to get it, for a variety of reasons. We’ve tried rewarding people to get it too, with marginal results. I had hoped the numbers would go up with the vaccine finally got FDA approval, but I don’t know if that’s happened or not. Meanwhile, we’re back to masking up.

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    1. The infection numbers and death rate are horrifying, but non believers argue it is no worse than the flu or that it all fake news. Humankind’s jaded outlook on the truth will be their downfall. I can not even talk with my sister any more, as she thinks Covid is no big deal. We are masking up here again too and I for one am glad about it. The sooner they bring out Proof of Vaccination cards or QR codes, the better it will be for all. In the meantime Ann, all we can do is try to stay safe and watch it happen. Thanks for joining in the discussion ann. Stay well. Allan

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  6. The increase in cases out west (even here in Ontario) is worrisome. We’ve been living with this pandemic for over a year and a half and unfortunately are none the wiser. I heard about the incentive to get vaccinated and makes you wonder what kind of impact that will have on people’s behaviour around getting their booster / third shot. Stay safe. Glad you’re able to spend time in your happy place in nature.

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    1. We knew we were the Covid Kings when our province was referred to as the Florida of Canada. The trouble is politicians made the pandemic political to further their own ends. Wrong move, McFly. The pandemic does not care about your political leanings. The $100 incentive is a slap in the face to the 3,000,000 who got vaccinated for the right reason. Some are saying they will hold out for more, maybe $500. A proof of vaccine card would have been a better choice, but that would offend the hard liners in his party and 20% of the population, so lets just offend 80% of the population. We will just have to do our best to stay safe. Thanks for reading and joining in the conversation. Allan

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  7. I so appreciate where you are coming from Allan. I feel like Moe is just following along with Kenney. It’s absolutely rubbishthat they offered $100 of tax payers money to do what’s right and as you pointed out a slap in the face to those who just made the right choice. So yes some just choice to drive right over the road closed sign and make their own rules. Stay safe and take care. Bernie

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    1. When will politicians be in the job for the people instead of just for the job and money. As I said, common sense is not common any more. JK has likely been told to keep a low profile during the Federal election, so he does not create problems for the PCs. Nonetheless, he moans about needing the vacation to avoid burnouts, while he forces the RNs to work long hours short handed and tells them their wages and benefits will be cut and that contract replacements will be hired at twice the salary. Go figure. One thing for sure, our Chief Medical Officer has sacrificed her career, to avoid disagreeing with Kenney’s Covid choices. All we can do is do our best to stay safe. Thanks for joining the conversation Bernie. Allan


  8. I was shocked early this spring when, for the first time I heard about offering money to the people as incentive to get vaccinated, it was in one of the US states, can’t remember right now which one. Now I hear some other counties do that too.. such a way to spend the taxpayers money, but then this is not the first time throwing away our money..
    Stay safe, Allan!

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    1. I never understand why humans need to be bribed to do the right thing. Choose what you want to do and have the courage of your convictions to accept the consequences, whatever they may be, illness, death or lack of access to certain stores, restaurants and other venues. What I do not get is Governments who feel they can legislate how Covid will act, particularly those who make it a crime to insist on masking or proof of vaccination. On that basis, they should also not be able to insist all drivers be licensed, stop at stop signs or be sober when they drive. Its called chaos and we all need governments to take common sense action to minimize the chaos, not maximize their power. Thanks for reading Christie. Allan

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