Miles today 302 Total 3520 Went to bed last night in the tent when it was mild but woke up at 2am ish and it was freezing so had to out on my sexy thermals and was still chilly. Hope I don't get the ladies too excited here ! I was due to stay the night with Dave, who I have corresponded with on ADVRider, a bike forum. He suggested going a more scenic route, so after packing the tent and having breakfast at a cafe next to a trucker who could talk the hind legs off 6 donkeys I set off. Once on the "22" the rain moved in with the wind (just for a change) and the ride was unpleasant. The spray & wind made the roads uncomfortable for me so I changed direction to the main highway 2 which, as Dave said, was the most boring in Alberta. I had to stop and dig out the heated jacket which was at the bottom of my pannier as I thought I wouldn't need it until northern Canada. Oh, stupid me !! About 90 miles south of Edmonton I noticed a guy and a bike up ahead parked on the hard shoulder so I pulled over to see if I could help. Turns out he was only having a smoke and after I asked him if he was allowed to do that, he said " Sure, you can park anywhere you want to !!". The total trip was 300 miles and the rain stayed with me for approx 220 then at about 270 miles, just south of Edmonton, it started getting really warm. Arrived at Daves house at c 16-30 where I was made very welcome by him and his wife Wanitta. He will be making the same trip south starting August. Had a great evening in a local "Celtic" pub and he helped plan my trip north as he has been there a few times. Only three pics today as the ride was dull and in yukky weather. A real Canadian breakfast smothered with maple syrup. North tomorrow so scenery better = pics ! hanks for all the comments and encouragement...... they really help. Dave and his bike ready for his Pan American trip.