Once we reached the Redcliff trails I was blown away. I live in B.C., known for its loamy trails and giant forests, and I had a feeling this was going to be a very different kind of ride. All I can say is that this place is rad, with its flowy berms and technical descents. It kept me on my toes at every new turn. I felt like I was riding back into time, so strange are the ancient formations of the Badlands with its deep ravines and eroded cliffs. You could just imagine a dinosaur popping out behind the next corner. It’s a well-known fact that this area is a goldmine for ancient artifacts and dinosaur fossils.
Our ride left us ravenous and so we headed to Sabai Infusion for lunch. How the heck did they know Thai food is one of my favorites? As an unofficial aficionado of Thai food, this now counts among my favourites. With our bellies full, it was time to walk off the big meal and explore the city’s new murals, chosen at the Mural Festival this summer. The new works of art adorning the historic brick buildings shows The Hat's passion for melding the past with the future and I have to say they were impressive.
Our walk also took us to the Medicine Hat Public library outdoor space. Until recently, a giant outdoor chess set was installed but this summer an outdoor table tennis table was built. The metal frame of the table mimics the colour and shape of the historic steel structured, Finlay Bridge, crossing the South Saskatchewan in the distance behind it.