Day 5 - Leaving Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan
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September 24th, 2008 – by: paulbonton
Seeing this landscape reminded me of a similar type of description provided by Annie Proulx in her book That Old Ace in the Hole, her follow up book to Close Range: Wyoming Stories (from which the story Brokeback Mountain came). In That Old Ace in the Hole, she describes the a U.S. portion of landscape of the Great Plains and this is what came to mind while peeling away the kilometres on the road. Maybe a Canadian treatment of the Prairies is required on the level of what she did on the people and language of Newfoundland in the Shipping News. Perhaps I have to dig up a copy of W.O. Mitchell’s Who Has Seen the Wind and get re-acquainted with a Prairie author.
Speaking of wind, I’m not sure why the horizon is not filled with wind mills since it is very windy out in Big Sky country. I can’t imagine that this is not a regular occurrence but the wind was strong enough that I would often have to ride leaned over 10 or 15 degrees just to keep going in a straight line. I finally did see some wind mills near the Alberta border.
I arrived in Calgary as the sun was setting and had no trouble finding my destination of the abode of friends with whom I would be staying, Jay and Marta. I was there in the month of March and the city is built on a grid system, so it was a quick jaunt into the city and on to their place for the completion of this first leg of the trip!
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