I took this during a rest stop on day one of the 2009 Ride to Conquer Cancer, after pulling into a schoolyard in Longview, Alberta. This is absolutely gorgeous countryside, with rolling foothills building to the Rocky Mountains in the west. The highway is called The Cowboy Trail, because this is serious ranch country. Clint Eastwood shot Unforgiven in the area. Serious ranch country.
I was crazy enough to lug the DSLR with me on the bike, with a heavy 17-35mm L lens, and was really glad that I’d done so. I know several people who are doing the 2011 ride (I opted out this year) and know they’ll have a blast. It’s a hard, painful experience, but totally worth every second.