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Jul 6, 2013 - Minnedosa (MB) to Portage la Prairie (MB)

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...

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Jul 15, 2012 - Portage La Prairie

Day Twenty-five – July 15 Portage La Prairie 134k On her previous Tour du Canada, Lil claimed that the ride had very little rain. Welcome to the 2012 version. The weather forecast had predicted rain and around 4am it started to sprinkle. When we got up the clouds were low and mist was in the air. The forecast had also put winds from the east at 20k. Those didn’t materialize so the wetness was a good trade off. The cooking crew had started breakfast early. Obo and I were ready to leave at 7am. I blamed Bob for pressuring me to leave early...

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Checking the ditches

Jul 14, 2012 - Minnedosa

Day Twenty-four – July 14 Minnedosa 135k The route we are following on the TdC follows the train tracks. The tracks came first and then the roads then the TransCanada Highway. We stay away from the TCH unless there is no other route. That means that there were trains through the night rumbling through Binscarth. That’s okay, I’m used to them. I got up at the usual 6am. Breakfast was of porridge, eggs, camp coffee. I was ready to roll at 7:30 and again it would be solo because Obo had to hang around and clean up camp. I rolled my bicycle...

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Checking the ditches

Jul 17, 2011 - Minnedosa - Portage la Prairie

July 17 – Day 25 – Minnedosa – Portage la Prairie K’s 143 k Time 5h 31 m Average speed: 25.91 k/H T to d 2461 k A good day on the bike but very hot. Good time to Portage with the exception of a flat tire about 40 k before camp. A quick tube change and off to camp. The special part of the day was that Clarence and his wife Janet, son Brock and daughter Roanne came by. Clarence took Bruce and Dianne Stevenson, Terri and Jane from Ottawa to a Hutterite Colony which was really enjoyed by them. Janet and the kids and I enjoyed ice cream and...

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Jul 15, 2008 - 25 Portage la Prairie

t's hard to believe that it has been a month since I flew out to Vancouver to start this adventure. Time and the kilometers are flying by. This was galley duty night so I wanted to get into camp relatively early. By now we have all learned how ro pace ourselves to make the stops we want and still get to camp on time. Today was a 138km day so at about the half way mark I went into Gladstone MB to try to find something to eat. Ned was coming out of the bakery and said the cinnamon buns were scrumptious so I had to try one. The bakery was full...

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Jul 19, 2006 - Day 26 Minnedosa to Portage la Prairie

DAY 26 MINNEDOSA TO PORTAGE LA PRAIRIE DISTANCE TRAVELLED 140.1 km RUNNING TIME 4 hrs 58 mins AVERAGE SPEED 28.1 km/hr DISTANCE PLANNED 138 KMS TOTAL TIME 5 hrs 45 mins another sunny day Favonius, Roman God of the West Wind was with us today . Side trips in Neepawa & Portage still averaged 28 An other nice day - morning (6am ) temperatures about 16-18 . Daytime high about 27. We stayed on hwy 16 most of the day - Very little traffic - some tail wind - so we made good time . The last 16 kms into Portage was on Hwy 1 after lunch . We...

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Jul 10, 2006 - Manitoba Days

Monday July 10, 2006 Left Grand Forks yesterday, around 10AM, and headed for the border. We really enjoyed this stay - lots of fun people (man, do those people from Manitoba party!), and some excellent racing. Having electric hook-ups was a real plus. We filled up on fuel for the RV in Grand Forks, since it's less expensive in the States - bought $350 worth (about 117 Gal.). The border crossing went well - Nizhoni was fine, since the guard stayed on the driver's side and talked with us through the driver's window (which she, apparently,...

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Jul 20, 2005 - Neepawa to Portage La Prairie - 105 km

We rose - slowly - at around 7am. Mom and Auntie Alice had prepared a massive breakfast of omelets, toast, cinnamon buns, cereal, fruit and I forget what else. Goodbyes and some last-minute photos, and suddenly, along rides Newfie Bob! As it turns out, my relatives' house was en route to the cemetery holding the famous stone angel that titled local author Margaret Laurence's book the same. We hopped on the road back to the highway in the company of Doctor Bob. Again...fabulous tailwinds. We charged southeast at over 30 km/h to our first...

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