WINDY RIDE: LD TRIATHLON WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS #3
Friendly farmers waving.
Polite drivers that obey the speed limit.
Welcome to Motala, Sweden in June.
It’s 13C. Water temperature, also 13C. 22 km/h wind. With wind chill: 7C.
5 layers and a toque.
The landscape in Sweden looks and feels a lot like Athabasca in the summer. Chilly and green with clumps of evergreen trees. Well-maintained farmhouses dot the landscape.
Signs by the side of the road advertise strawberries, peas, potatoes, and spinach for sale.
Cows glance over at the strange-looking humans in bright-coloured spandex.
The humans pedal on knowing that hot coffee awaits at the end of the road.