After all of our struggles cycling through the mountains, today's ride through the rolling hills of western Alberta was a piece of cake. It still really amazes me how abruptly the landscape changes from day to day. It was awesome to go really fast today, and the weather actually cooperated with us.
We had lunch about 50 km into our ride, at a picnic table near a reservoir. We were quite content, basking in the sun and eating our sandwiches and broccoli. Since we were both facing the water, we didn't notice that behind us, a whole bunch of black, ominous-looking clouds had formed. Although we hadn't thoroughly digested our food yet, we decided to pack up and get going. Luckily, we did not get rained on this time; we were happy to watch the lightning and listen to the thunder from a distance.
We arrived in Calgary by 4:00, and were greeted by Basia and Monika Raciborska, daughters of a good friend of my dad from Poland. We had a nice dinner with them and their dad, Leszek. Later on, we went out with Basia and some of her friends to a place called Schank's, a massive sports bar that had mini gold and virtual golf, in addition to many pool tables. We played some pool, had some beer, and called it a night. Tomorrow we have a day off in Calgary.