Saturday June 15, 2013. Day 20

Vegreville to Vermilion

  Every time I see an adult on a bicycle, I no longer despair for the future of the human race.          (HG Wells)

Vegreville is home to the world’s largest pysanka (Ukranian Easter egg).  It symbolizes the harmony, vitality and culture of the community.

We arose and went to Innisfree, but only for lunch (apologies to Yeats), and wore our rain gear all day, needing  it at times. The wind was behind us and when, occasionally we headed NW we realised how strong it was. Our bikes were knocked over a couple of times, with gusts, when we had stopped. We noticed more and more large concrete grain elevators, which have unfortunately all but replaced the iconic ones made of wood which marked each community.

Today we had two flats in quick succession on the same wheel. It was only on the second occasion that we discovered a small piece of wire protruding from the inside of the tire. The picture does not really signify Lois’ lack of faith in Paul’s ability.

Vermilion is named after the mud of the river.  Over a million bricks were made here in the early 20th C.

Wildlife notes: Western Kingbird

We remain on the traditional territory of the First Nations of Treaty 6. We could find no reference to First Nations in the history of Vermilion.

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