Many know that I am heavily involved with the Scouting movement and love that my children have come together for something that lasts more than a couple weeks a year (thinking of you oh glorious children’s festival http://www.childfest.com). The Scout motto is simply “Be Prepared”. It seems like a simple requirement and I thought I was pretty good at it. So I get a call to go to our Calgary office (3 hours South) on Sunday to roll out some new technology and thought… I will drive down there in the warm sun, after all, it was 25C (77F for those Americans bored enough to read this) and I didn’t even wear pants. I am not stupid… I know I have to work all night in Calgary and then again in the morning so I brought some pants as well… and off i headed to Calgary in shorts and a t-shirt… I do love riding in the summer.
My blog is actually called “Plan B Mentality” yet it escapes me why at this moment in time. Monday, halfway through my morning tasks and wondering if I was going to make it back home for supper, more technology broke 4 hours South West of Calgary in a Sparwood, BC office and off I went to save the day… or try to. So now I am flying down the highway and climbing into the foothills of Kananaskis country and thinking to myself, the temperature sure drops as I climb higher. I worried about the temperature in the Crowsnest pass (1400m or 4400 feet) or how it would hit me… and then I swung around a glorious curve and saw the sky…
Now I love the bike and the thrill of being so close to nature, but I also take no chances with the rain. I saw the clouds ahead and put the rain gear on (that never leaves the bike) and just in time. the heavens opened up and I got nailed… but it was so worth it. Riding a bike in the warm rain is better than driving a minivan in the sun any day of the week. Only on a bike would you be looking around at everything… and not miss this amazing rainbow.
…this was my little piece of silver lining and how often have you seen both ends of a rainbow hit ground. I would have loved a panoramic of this but it was hard enough to get these pics in the rain. After driving through 30 minutes of hail and serious rainfall, the rainbow brought a smile to my face and to my heart. Then I arrived at my hotel 15 minutes later and the sun was out and it looked like a different day. God bless the mountains. and also the Best Western in Fernie… it was an amazing room with amazing beds. I wasn’t sure if the rain had missed Fernie totally or not because the roads were pretty dry… but they saw a need to water the lawn so who knows. All I know is that their beds are like clouds… I fell asleep so fast and unexpectedly that I got a very rough start to the morning.