F 1 D 0 -- 02 08 17 at 23 22 Mountain Time Bicycles and Edmonton. Here is what I've heard: There are 200km of bike-exercise trails in Greater Edmonton. We went on a nice bike ride today. I rented a bike yesterday, and only really had about 3h to use it. I was still happy to get around a bit myself. Doing that travel by foot was taking too long. And doing it by bus was insane, as I'd watch the bus go by, and read the next one comes in 30 minutes. Fooey on that! I walked. So when I got to Redbike, I rented something for 20.00 and I was pleased. It was a nice something. But Jason's bike for me was *better*. I've seen what the differences are. There is more to biking than just know know many inches. You need to find a bike with the right leg length for you, the right arm length too. I happen to like sitting upright when travelling (not being bent in a traditional bike position). Edmonton is arranged for cars. So roads suddenly get this highway appearance, and green signs overhead will tell you which lane you must be in. But this is hectic for anything which moves slowly, like a person or a bike. When cars see green signs, it doesn't matter what the speed limit is. Green sign? Go faster. The Saskatchewan River goes through this town in a very big way. There are the Lower Level Bridge, the Upper Level Bridge, and others. These are names, not descriptions. Knowing which bridge is essential when getting directions. Because of the green sign problem, and the difficulty in switching lanes suddenly, most people will cross the bridge twice rather than stay on the same side of the river and go more directly. I guess it has something to do with congestion. Bike trails are different. They happen to go directly from one place to the next, at least by comparison. But if you are new in town, even reading a map to find out which trails you need is a daunting task. I've gotten much help, and I'm starting to understand. Edmonton has a main street, called Whyte. Also called 82 Avenue. I think. I keep mixing up Streets and Avenues. This is bad. They are not synonyms here, but Antonyms. One means NorthSouth streets, the other EastWest streets. So I've managed finding my way around, but mostly due to the kindness of those along the way. "Where is the Muttart Gallery?" I'd ask. I just wanted to know whether I was going the right way. Often I was facing the WRONG way. Food here is amazing. Visit Edmonton. Eat here. I phoned Timmy, my youngest, from here. I was eager to see how he was doing. He's upset. Toronto has the Canadian National Exhibition for a few weeks, and he went there. But they've inflated the cost of rides once again. He decided that 36.00 was too much to spend on ride, even someone like him who likes them a lot. So he spent the day there, but found the fair an empty experience. Sigh, I know how he feels. If I find my way to Toronto before Labour Day, I'll see if he can do the CNE again with me. It may not be better. I got to see the Dragon Races here in Edmonton. They were a very big deal in Thunder Bay, but the whole thing was over early here. I guess they're not as excited about this. The dragon races are long boats with a dozen people on each, from what I can tell. Ten with oars, one drummer, one rudder. Some people in Thunder Bay were very good at this. I wish I could remember the funny names they'd call themselves. The hospital had a team called "The IV League". Our next door neighbour, Alison, was on a team of French Immersion teachers called "Feu Vert". (Dragons are green, right?) I'd love to remember more of them now, but I'm sipping Zinfandel by Gallo. Is that an excuse? I suppose. Tonight's activities included watching Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark. We ate Pizza Hut food. Maybe we will ride the Riverboat tomorrow. That should be an interesting excursion. I'll tell you what happens. Today was a good day, but writing is laboured. Maybe I'll be able to share more tomorrow. That's all I know.