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All photos taken on August 14, 2021 on our bike circumnavigation of Beaumont.
Miles of Smiles © Tanka
Looking for some fun
on hot smoky Saturday,
we set out to ride
along new roads and old ones.
Our E-bikes give miles of smiles.
The forecast for the day was hot and smoky. We puzzled over the best way to get some exercise before settling on a slow morning cycle around our little city. Taking our usual route East through North Beaumont, we soon hit Range Road 241, where we headed South. At the 4 way stop at 50th Avenue, we could see that the paving was complete to the South and while the road was not yet open to traffic, we did not think that applied to bicycles. Turned out we were not the only cyclists that saw it that way. So nice to have a smooth traffic free road to ride on. At SH 625, we opted to reverse course.
Pausing for photos (who me?) it became obvious that the air was smokier than the AQHI said. The St. Vital church on the hill appeared through the haze.
Crops appear to be ripening well and when I took some close ups of the canola (rapeseed) crop, I could see that there would be pods and a harvest after all. Maybe this area will get lucky.
Soon, back in Beaumont, we took our usual route around the storm ponds to see what wildlife was shaking. Our first stop in Forest Heights showed the effects on pond level caused by the lack of rain.
Still a fair bit of bird activity on Don Sparrow (a politician named after a bird?) Lake in Four Season’s Park. Dragonflies were also in abundance.
We cycled past a few more ponds before reaching home. At 11:15 AM, the temperature was already +26C. Time for a cool bevvie on the deck.