Sunday, September 6, 2015
Edson - 53° 34' 36" N 116° 26' 46" W
An early start today to get into Grande Cache and out to our drops. We had over 70km of the course - no corners, all just logging roads and camp grounds. But it did mean long drop times, in the cold and snow!
My drop was of a small forestry road in a research area. The area of research is lichen and how it is affected by different logging densities. This is important because the woodland caribou eat lichen though the winter - that on the ground until it is covered by snow, then that on the trees. I know all this because there was a sign, a little weathered and worn, but obviously, still most informative.
I had plenty of time to read and make a snowman marshal. Otherwise, it was silent, nothing but nature. Just the honking of the Canada geese flying overhead (disconcertingly flying north!), the plonking of the snow off the trees and caribou crossing the road.
As the peloton passed, several water bottles landed at my feet. I called out thank you and a rider called back 'no, thank you! You have a beautiful country'. Cool!!