We have made it to Vegreville where a complimentary room was waiting for us at the Pomeroy Inn and Suites. What a great place. The manager here even asked for a stack of postcards that other guests could take and learn about PKU and the ride. This is really helpful is spreading awareness regarding PKU. We woke up early this morning and had breakfast for the last time for a while with my dad. He was catching a shuttle to the airport to fly home and head back to work. Im hopeful he can join us at some point on the trip again. It was fantastic having him with me for the first few weeks. Thanks for all the help and encouragement dad! Svend will now take over driving the support van and Im sure he is a little disappointed he is not riding his bike now, although perhaps not in this weather.
We woke up to another rainy and windy day. It was less wind than the ride to Calgary and less rain. It was also flatter so it made the day a little easier. Because it was raining and the highway was quite busy and unsafe where we stayed in the city we ended up driving out to the east end of the city where I then got on the bike and headed for Vegreville. The ride was only about 79km form that spot so it made the ride a little shorted than anticipated but safety was more important than chancing a few extra km on the busy inner city highway. Just about a km into the ride I got my first flat tire. We chnaged that quickly and were back on the road. The ride only took about 3 hours. On the way I hit a little rain but not for very long. I also saw some Bison so that was pretty cool and much less frightening than seeing a bear. There was also a fence between me and the Bison. Its been a cloudy, windy experience so far in Alberta but its been enjoyable getting through another province. Tomorrow we head to our last stop here in Lloydminster (we are staying on the Alberta side). Looks like rain again tomorrow but hopefully not for the whole ride. I may also have a small tail wind so that would be nice.
We also have over 20,000 in donations so far and I just wanted to thank everyone who has contributed to that. Im hoping we can smash the goal of 25,000.00 by the end of the ride.