It is not really possible for me to explain why I like to drive my 40 Ford two door sedan from my house to Tims to buy a large with two milk then head north to Veterans Blvd. and turn west. The road west through Airdrie is uninteresting especially as there is little traffic at my usual times of 10:00am or 1:00pm.

The last traffic light means the end of most vehicles in my lane. There maybe a few vehicles anxious to speed pass me but I stick to the speed limit of 60 km until I have passed Jack’s jet mounted for all to see on the south side of the highway. A short distance ahead the speed limit of 80 kms. signals for the foolish to pass me if possible. A speed limit sign soon appears indicating 100km and whatever vehicles are following are very anxious to pass my 70km. or so Ford.

On the left side one can view the garbage/recycle yard and the rodeo grounds. Once past this area the Golden Rod Hall appears on the right on the corner of Veterans and Symons Valley Road. At the corner I turn right and head north. At this juncture of my tour the traffic is usually reduced to zilch for the remainder of my ride. That fact is the main purpose for my wonderful tour.

Two cattle feed lots and a fertilizer operation will be seen on the trip otherwise farms, crop land and acreages dominate the trip. Now some of the acreages on Symons Valley Road are worthy of viewing. There is one section on the road where the mighty dollars have been spent. The homes and yards are wonderful to behold.

There is one dog leg to the west which should be taken with caution as the 30 km sign indicates otherwise my 70 km or so speed in my 40 Ford in this 90 km speed limit has not been a problem to the few cars and trucks travelling in my direction. Symons Valley Road soon becomes highway #772 south of Madden.

The 40 km sign ahead signifies one is approaching the hamlet of Madden which means one had to take a dog leg right and head west. It is a nice 18 km. highway #774 east to the the town of Crossfield. The population of the community has increased to 3,300 plus. The highway goes through the community and crosses the CPR tracks. Depending on the time of day the crossing barriers may be down for the the few minutes it takes the diesels to shuttle forward and back.

Once past the tracks it is a few feet to the stop sign. I continue east to the cemetery and the overpass. Again it is an easy drive with little to no traffic. On the other side of the highway #2 overpass I turn right and continue south to the stop sign. At the traffic sign I have to decide whether my bladder can hold another large Tims with two milk. If the answer is yes which it usually Is, I turn right to the next stop sign then turn left to get to Tims drive thru.

When I leave Tims I retrace the route to the second stop sign then turn right. At the next stop sign I carefully cross the highway and head south. On the right will be highway #2. The road I use has a speed limit of 80 km. so I can continue to enjoy my Tims. Immediately on the left is a large and growing mushroom facility. The rest of the trip has some buildings and fields on the left. Soon the road dog legs to the left heading east. On the right the huge COSTCO warehouse is located. Once past that truckers delight I turn right at the stop light and head home.

This trip duplicates for the most part my trips throughout the driving season. In addition I like to drive my 1965 Pontiac Bonneville convertible on the same route. My joy in driving the Bonney whether top up or down is that the AM radio is tuned to the Drumheller station as it is the clearest. Soon I hope to have a radio installed in the old Ford as well.

So next driving season look for my green Ford or my black Bonneville if you happen to be on the Madden/Xfield run.