Around 10:30am, after waiting and checking to be sure the race wasn't cancelled, off we went. White-knuckle passenger seat driving for me; at one point, my husband suggested, kindly, that I should just close my eyes and nap. Advice not heeded, but I did spend the first hour or so with my eyes either closed or my hands covering them, at certain points. The roads were more slushy than anything else, but seeing the number of cars in the ditch, from those heading our direction earlier (you can imagine how this fresh snow appeals to the skiing fans in our area!), was a bit unnerving. We could tell, from the traffic heading west, that closures must have taken place, because for about a 10km stretch, everyone was at nearly a stand-still, creeping along at snail's pace. Our lane, heading east, and eventually south, was clear, and by the time we were through Calgary, other than rain and low hanging clouds, the road were okay.
We arrived in Lethbridge around 3:00 - misty rain, not much snow accummulated, windy - received a call that the race had been cancelled, looked at one another with a "seriously??" expression, then turned around and headed home. Oh wait, that was after a quick stroll through the craft store (lovely, but not quite what I expected) and a brief stop at Michael's for sequins. Four hours later, we landed on our doorstep, having traveled through rain, some snow, slightly less slushy roads. I can only imagine, though, how slippery the highway just outside of our town will be this morning, with temperatures dipping below freezing. Scary!
While we weren't impressed that we wound up driving for slightly over 8 hours to arrive back at our starting point, it's certainly nice to be home to have Sunday to do as we please. I feel for racers who likely journeyed further than we did, arriving on-site yesterday, to find out, rather late in the game, the event was a no-go. Still, if the trails are soggy and mud-packed, the race just can't go on, especially since mountain biking does require technical finesse. No point risking injuries to either bikes or people.
Here's the view outside our patio doors this morning...
On most days, we can see the peaks of the Three Sisters mountains between the trees...no mountains in sight this am....
After all that (your patience is appreciated!!), I have a card to share for Fusion: Colourful Chevron Inspiration
Disclaimer: even though I was drawn to the colourful chevrons of the inspiration image, I'm chevron challenged. Love 'em, but can't do 'em. I even have a chevron stamp that I look at. That's all...just look at. Seriously. Anyway, my card isn't a contender for anything other than being a chance to play with chevrons on a little canvas. Yes, I could have chosen just the sketch, but then I'd need a chevron die *grin*
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