Bicycling Across Canada 2013 travel blog

More of the Same: Straight Roads, Grain Elevators and Prairie Flowers


The Group in Portage la Prairie

Mike and his Cake

Today was an unremarkable day. The forecast was for headwinds and thunderstorms, so John and I left the Minnedosa campground at about 6:15 am and re-joined Highway 16 Eastbound. We visited a McDonald's in Neepawa at 31 km for a second breakfast, then proceeded to Gladstone at 68 km, where we stopped at a gas station for supplies. At 118 km, we joined Highway 1, the main East-West corridor in Manitoba, which was quite unnerving because of its heavy traffic and lack of a paved shoulder (Cycle Canada's advice was to ride on the gravel shoulder, which was essentially unridable). After a further 7 km, we entered the outskirts of Portage la Prairie and took backstreets, including about 3 km of gravel roads, to reach the Millers' Camping Resort. We stopped en route at an A&W for a light lunch, then proceeded to the campground, arriving at about 12:45 pm.

The wind was weak and aimless, as if it had finally given up its fight against us. We took advantage of the situation by covering the first 90 km in less than 3 hours before easing up for the rest of the way. The terrain was more of the same, so I only took one photo.

Dinner tonight was tofu and vegetable curry, chick peas and rice, with marble cake for dessert. The cake had a "Farewell Mike" inscription, as this will be his last dinner before leaving the group in Selkirk.

GPS Coordinates: 49o58'32"N, 98o08'09"W

Weather: Hazy and hot

Distance Travelled: 145 km

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