Bicycling Across Canada 2013 travel blog

Bridge over Assiniboine River

Railway Tracks Beside Grain Elevator in Marguette

A thunderstorm came through our campground last night around 1:00 am, cooling temperatures and reducing the humidity in the air. It also knocked out the campground's water supply, as we found out in the morning.

The route that was recommended by Cycle Canada had us partially re-tracing our steps from the previous day, including the gravel road sections. However, Highway 1 was right in front of our campground, so most of us decided to take that route and leave by 6:30 am, before the heavy traffic, in the hope of saving some time. The lack of water delayed our departure to 6:50 am (still no water at that time).

We followed Highway 1 Eastbound, which had a good paved shoulder in that section, followed by Highway 248 Northbound, then Highways 227 and 67 Eastbound. This being Sunday in rural Manitoba, we didn't find any stores or restaurants that were open until we arrived in Stonewall, at the 85 km mark. We stopped at a Subway for an early lunch, then proceeded to the Selkirk Inn, where we'll be spending our rest day tomorrow.

The terrain was the flattest we had encountered to date. For once, the wind was in our favour, at about 15 km/h from the West, which allowed us to make fast progress to our destination. We arrived around noon (before the Cycle Canada truck and the rooms being ready).

I joined my in-laws in Gimli for fish (Lake Winnipeg pickerel) and chips, followed by ice cream and strawberries.

GPS Coordinates: 50o07'58"N, 96o53'07"W

Weather: Sunny and warm

Distance Travelled: 117 km

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