Day 3 - Hanging out in Centre Block - Before the Ice Age - Cypress Hills 2020 - CycleBlaze

September 15, 2020

Day 3 - Hanging out in Centre Block

Lazy About and a Short Unloaded Day Trip

We are staying in a couple of cabins at ‘The Resort at Cypress Hills’. Since it’s mid September, there are a few other folks around but it is far from crowded. This is a very popular place in the summer with a golf course, several large camp grounds, horseback riding and zip lines ... but all of these are now closed for the season and it’s very quiet. Nice!

Today’s agenda is nothing more than a chilled out exploration ride around the immediate area with a mix of paved & gravel roads with a bit of single track / cow pasture thrown in. Big difference today though is that our bikes are unloaded. Sweet.

A very good day capped off with a great bbq meal based on what we could pick up in the general store before they closed for the season. We did pretty well as we ate like kings (and queens ... Kirsten’s with us).

Once again the pic’s will fill in the rest.

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The team at the north butte lookout. We are about 600 m higher than the surrounding prairie. The sky is still a little hazy with smoke but you can still see for 50 km’s or more in every direction.
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... and here’s the view to the east .... you might be able to pick out Larry’s place in Swift Current!
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Team action shot just before we lost the pavement. There was essentially no traffic for the entire trip. The (very) infrequent vehicle there was you could see coming for several minutes, and they were only moving at 30km/hr or less
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It wasn’t only cattle that we saw. Here’s a family of healthy looking white tail deer. We also saw a few fox and coyote’s, but no pics unfortunately
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... and now you know why they are called White Tailed deer
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Tools of the trade. I used to spend my summers as a teenager on my uncles farm driving one of these ... now i drive around on the one in the front
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Heading back to the cabins on more of the single track ‘Great Trail’
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Some of it was literally ‘cow pasture’. Scenic but not great riding 😒
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Today's ride: 20 km (12 miles)
Total: 98 km (61 miles)

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