DAY 27 PORTAGE LA PRAIRIE TO BEAUSEJOUR
DISTANCE TRAVELLED 159.77 km RUNNING TIME 6 hrs 29 mins
AVERAGE SPEED 24.6 km/hr
DISTANCE PLANNED 157 KMS TOTAL TIME 9 hrs 05 mins
Another nice day - sunny with a start of 18 degrees and getting to high of about 32.
Had two options today - go through Winnipeg or go north through Lower Fort Gary. Both routes about the same distance. Everyone choice to avoid the heavy traffic of Winnipeg and do a tour of Historic Lower Fort Gary.
Continued on the secondary roads - hwy 26 , 67 & then 44 into Beausejour. Had head winds and or corss winds all day - hard pushing - left little time for exploring.
The terrain is still wheat fields and of course trains
. In this area there is a strong French influence and all the municipality counties have French related names
(like ST Francis Xavier - my old University). Lots of sunflower crops also in this area - acres after acres -
. Lower Fort Gary
is a National Parks Canada Historic Site . Constructed in 1830 by the HBC it served as a depot for the fur trade in the north. The original depot Upper Fort Gary was situated in the south at the Forks where the Red and Assiniboine Rivers, where Winnipeg now stands, was very prone to flooding . Good interpretation program done by student actors well presented site - lots of staff!!
Continued on to Lockport
which has a set of locks that is very rare for this part of the country - it was constructed in 1910 to permit navigation on the Red River form Winnipeg to Lake Winnipeg north of here. It apparently the only lock of its kind still standing in North America!!!
Special treat while passing through - I had called my Aunt Nellie in close by Selkirk and she and here daughter Nancy were able to meet me in Lockport for a short visit
A very big aspect in this part of the land is flood control - there are many flood control waterways throughout the area.
Experienced a "melt down" this afternoon - actually a sugar high - hyperglycemic reaction to the almost 2 litres of Pepsi/root beer that I consumed over the 2 hour noon period followed by a hard & fast bike train - the drinks had built up an artificially high level of sugar that was quickly consumed & crash - 10 minute stop , 2 P&J sandwiches - an energy bar , ½ litre of water and good to go - lesson - not too much soft drink in the middle of the day...
Stop for the day was in Brokenhead River Park just outside of Beausejour
. While passing through the sunflower fields earlier in the day English Mike had picked a sunflower , packed it on his bike and when he arrived in camp he presented it to Meagan ( our driver & den mother)