Where Wild Pink Yonder ought to ride each year is always an agonizing decision! We put off going north because we were afraid our southern riders (they are the majority) wouldn’t follow us that far north. This year we took the plunge … but we were right. Our rider monies are down significantly. (Very significantly.) Fortunately, our northern towns were exceptional and have picked up the slack … but that doesn’t “grow” our annual donation.
So my thoughts are:
1. I don’t think the south is ready for us yet. They are still in shock from the summer’s flooding and are in serious reconstruction mode. I expect this to be so for a couple of years. (That’s just my opinion. If you disagree, I’d like to hear from you.)
2. From what I’ve read, this (#1) applies to a lot more than just the Calgary/High River area. Even SE Alberta took a big hit.
3. We can’t do the same northern route two years in a row, and even if we could improve our ridership up there (which I think we can), I don’t see a lot of alternate routes up there.
4. North east Alberta is too sparsely populated to be viable.
5. That leaves either east (more or less) or directly west of Edmonton.
6. If we go west, we’re hitting a number of rather large centres, and typically, we don’t do so well in big centres. Our biggest supporters are the little centres.
7. My head hurts from agonizing over this, so I need outside input. Rusty and I are both stymied. East? West? Somewhere else?