Pth 302 seal coat report

A clear blue sky, zero wind, and balmy temperature called for a “church of the round wheel” Sunday morning. So, I did the Steinbach-Ste Anne-Richer-La Broquerie-Giroux loop this morning. Breakfast at the Cat Sass, complete with friendly abuse from the waitress for not showing up yesterday, was as tasty as usual. On the way out, I stopped to snap a picture of the sheep in La Coulee. I had to make a hasty retreat when the white sheep dog, bigger than a sheep but looking just like one (look closely behind the fence), appeared out of no where and made it clear that he was no admirer of the cycleest, in spite of my clear admiration for his sheep.

On the way home, I rode the new seal coat on Pth 302 south to La Broquerie. It will certainly improve over the next couple of months, but it’s definitely rideable. Compaction is already fairly good. I was riding my 23C training tires with kevlar beads and had no problem with the loose and rather sharp stones. Most traffic was considerate and didn’t bomb by me. Those that did (and of course there were several) failed to actually stone me with their wake of shot gravel. All in all, an excellent ride (which would have been a great ride with a few of you guys along for company).

5 thoughts on “Pth 302 seal coat report

  1. Hey Ron

    The road looks pretty good for new seal coat. Sure wish we’d get more pavement in the SE, though. Guess we’d all have to pay higher taxes….
    Anyway, that white dog is not your typical sheep dog. From the picture, it is either a Great Pyrennes or a Marmema. Their sole purpose in life is to maim or kill anything that they consider threatening to their flock of sheep. In a project I worked on a few years ago, we worked with sheep and beef farmers to test how effective they were for predator and wild life control. The answer – pretty darn good. Male GPs top out at about 150-160 lbs and have very little trouble dispatching a couple of timber wolves. That said, people, dogs and other animals are safe if they stay away from the herd or are with the herd owners. I would note one thing that you didn’t mention -they also typically are placed in pairs and their mode of operation is to have one in view as “bait” while the other sneaks up behind (oh yeah, their range typically extends past pasture fences and over roads). My question to you is where was the second one?

  2. Cujo-like-Killer dogs that weigh as much as me and can coordinate their stalking with a partner.
    that’s all I need to motivate me to work on my sprint interval training…


  3. I rode the 302 on Sunday evening and notice the same cute little sheep. Not knowing about the Great Pyrennes watch dog I luckily did not stop to oggle because it was getting late in the day. Thanks for the heads up Ron. 😉 By the way, besides my hands going numb on the handlebars due to the pebbly surface I found the 302 to be ok to ride. I hope it will get smoother soon.

  4. Wow, I was actually talking to the dog and reassuring it that I meant no harm as it kept coming closer and closer. I had no idea I might be bait! This is both hilarious and terrifying 🙂 ! I didn’t see a second dog, but then again I never saw this one until he practically barked in my face. Next time, I think an admiring drive by will suffice. Phew.

  5. I had the opportunity of working with a Great Pyrennees about 8 years ago. That summer, Rita and I did relief milking for 2 weeks on a large goat dairy near Salmon Arm, B.C., and this wonderful dog made our job a lot easier. There were about 500 goats on the farm, of which we milked 250. The dog did everything from constantly patrolling the area to helping does lick off their newly born kids to helping us herd the milking does into the milk parlor. The dog was always alert for any goats in distress, and would bring our attention to these problems.

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