The end of the tour, and wasn't it fun. We had all kinds of weather - mud, snow, rain, cold, glorious sun (for the Jasper stage), wind and now a moderate, almost-autumn day in Edmonton.The Tour of Alberta finishes with an eleven-lap circuit that climbs into and out of the river valley, winds through downtown and past the Greyhound bus station, where I am marshaling and have my backpack handcuffed to a safety rail (courtesy the policeman stationed here with me). Kate is at the other end of the block at a corner, within whistling distance. It's very handy for me, as she has a better sightline for the oncoming entourage.
|Sean's bag will be safe while he marshals,|
courtesy of the city cop he is working with
|Roger, Wendy and Cheryl - fellow marshals|
We carpooled back to Calgary with Cheryl and Barry and had great conversation the whole way, talking about upcoming adventures that both couples were having.
|Marshals on the way to their next drop|
|The peloton climbing Victoria Park Road|
|Marshal Team 5 and our van, 2015|
September 11, 2015 - Four days after getting back, we received an e-mail from Cheryl, letting us know that she and Barry had been out for a bike ride two days ago and Barry had suffered a massive heart attack and had passed away. We were both shaken and shocked ... but especially saddened - yes for Barry, who had passed away quickly, doing something he loved - but even more for Cheryl, who had lost her playmate and best friend. It punctuated our resolve to spend time together, doing what we love and building up some really, really great stories.
Farewell Barry. Thanks for sharing your joie de vivre with us.
|Barry, out having adventures. We'll miss you.|