I’ve had a hard time with the heat and sun. I overheat and get sunburned. I wear a hat and long sleeves and put sun block cream on my face and maybe some other parts, then sweat it off, and the mixture of burn and sweat and cream makes my face hurt. In the middle of the day there is usually no shade on the road or near it in many cases, and I’m thinking I should avoid this. Also it is very dry here.
Thursday I took many breaks. I stopped at the farmers market in LLoydminster, and wandered a while in town, which was too early to take so much time off, and the next several hours were scattered with many more sit in the shade chunks of time. When I got to Vermilion I hiked in the park and thought I would stop for the day and get a better start in the morning. This would be a good idea, but instead decided after a bit to keep on. Those last couple hours I felt great, but rode till about 10pm, so getting a very early start would be hard. I was on the road by 6:30, which is earlier at least, and I was able to get a little ways before it got too hot.
I took a long break in the afternoon, and I think I’ll be doing more of that. I spent a few hours at the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village, learned about Ukrainian Canadians of the early 1900s.It was of course still pretty hot around 5, didn’t start to cool off till I was into Edmonton. Staying with a friendly household I connected with through warmshowers.
Maybe I’ll go nocturnal. Maybe going north in the summer isn’t actually for me. Maybe I’ll get used to it?