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Jul 10, 2013 - West Hawk Lake (MB) to Sioux Narrows (ON)

Last night I went to bed before 7:00 pm, but I still slept until 4:30 am. I must have been more tired than I realized! We are now in a region that is familiar to me, as my family and I have driven to Winnipeg on several occasions and we rented a houseboat in Lake-of-the-Woods a few years ago. John and I left West Hawk Lake at 6:30 am and crossed the Ontario border by 6:45 am. We proceeded Eastbound along Highway 17 to Kenora, where we stopped at a McDonald's for a second breakfast. Once past Kenora, we turned South onto Highway 71, which...

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Aug 24, 2012 - Husky Muskie

Kenora, ON. Husky the Muskie is a 40’ tall statue that has received national recognition in part due to its size and position alongside the Trans-Canada highway. Husky appears in many movies as a sign of travel across the country. They actually had a contest to name the statue and the best suggestion was Husky. Wonder what the other suggestions were? Husky is not Kenora’s only claim to fame. Kenora was founded in 1878 as the town of Rat Portage. Sensing a PR disaster they soon changed it to Kenora, a made up name which has no meaning. To...

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Aug 23, 2012 - Bison Buggy

Kenora, ON. Before we left Winnipeg, we took on 3 activities. First we invested a number of hours in Fort Whyte Alive, a 640-acre environmental and education center. There we admired their exhibits, enjoyed watching the Burrowing Owls and Prairie Dogs, walked the floating boardwalk through the swamps, and strolled through the forest past Indian tepees. We also rented a Bison Buggy so that we could go out to view the 30-head herd. The Bison Buggy held 6 so, when we came across 2 little girls and their grandparents, we invited them to join...

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Aug 19, 2012 - Manitoba and Ontario

Sunday, August 19 This morning we both got showers (clean clothes and clean bodies!) and ate breakfast at the table. The tent was mostly dry when we packed it, too. We bought ice--ice seems to come in 6 lb. bags. We could probably use 10 lbs, but 12 would be too much. So we are buying 6 lbs about every 2 days or so. We got on the road about 9:30. Entering Manitoba, we stopped for a map and campground information. We also lost an hour to the time change--Central time now. More Nebraska-type country. Listened to the radio, but didn't snack as...

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2012 Alaska Roadtrip

Aug 12, 2012 - Dragonboat Race

After leaving Banff the terrain flattened out. We were able to see straight road ahead for miles. Really missed the mountains. Southern Saskatchewan was flat prairie with the Canadian Badlands. The road wandered thru farm and ranch land and sometimes we were next to the badlands and sometimes they were in the distance. Saskatchewan reminded me of Montana and they even refer to their area as Big Sky. The farmers in Saskatchewan raised a big fuss so the Province does not observe daylight savings time. Crossing into Manitoba, we encountered a...

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Aug 2, 2012 - Day 18 - Brandon to Kenora

Well on the road again. We have Sandra & Lyle with us now. We were on the road by 8:00am but ran into trouble when we stopped to fuel up in Winnipeg. Garry & Lyle spotted a leak of pink fluid new the back of the bus. We stopped at an RV place and they gave us directions to the Kenworth shop in Winnipeg. There we found two helpful mechanics who said that the leak was from the hydraulic leveling jack and driving would not damage anything. The alarm noise was irritating though. We were not far past Winnipeg when the terrain became wooded with...

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The Wandering Nunns

Jul 19, 2012 - Caliper Lake

Day Twenty-nine – July 19 Caliper Lake 127k Today would be are first riding in the Canadian Shield. Got a taste of it the other day when we went through Whiteshell Park. Today would be the initiation. I was up at 6am. Breakfast was in swing; I had porridge, scrambled eggs, a banana and a Via coffee. My tent was struck and carted over to the truck. Made sure my water bottles were filled and doctored with an electrolyte and then I was ready to go. I had to cycle past the Tim Horton’s as our route took us south. It was too soon for a second...

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Checking the ditches

Jul 18, 2012 - Kenora rest day

Day twenty eight – rest day-July 18 Kenora I woke up after 7am. It felt good to lie in the tent; not worrying about getting to breakfast, about striking tent, about being on the road within the next hour. This was rest day and well earned. I got up and made myself a Via coffee. Some of the TdC group were early risers even on rest days and had hot water going, cereal and fruit out, and getting on with their day. My day started with a twenty minute walk to Tim Horton’s for breakfast. This was a solo walk; usually Obo would be along. The...

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Checking the ditches

Jul 17, 2012 - Kenora

Day Twenty-seven – July 17 Kenora 177k I got up at 5am to start breakfast. At 6am Adam showed up. He is support crew. Last night he drove Chris in to Winnipeg for Chris to be with Bob when Obo woke up in hospital. Obo didn’t wake up. The report that Adam had was Obo was not stable enough to do anything at this point. There were massive injuries to his body. A CAT scan had shown normal brain activity. He was unconscious and would stay that way. Thankfully no one tried to console me as I was cooking. I was holding myself together as long as...

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Checking the ditches

Jul 31, 2011 - Through Manitoba in one day

Woke up to a great breakfast made by Yvonne of sausage, pancakes, toast and eggs before we headed for Kenora. The kids were fascinated with a chocolate bar they found at Foam Lake called 'whatchamacallit'. I think DJ kept the wrapper actually . . . We stopped in Russell, Manitoba for fuel and ended up having lunch too near the world's largest bicycle. Managed to stop in briefly at Riel House in Winnipeg before it closed for the day. But we didn't get to see the fireworks in Kenora (campground was a bit too far away) and we had to wait till...

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Jul 28, 2011 - Elena arrives

The Kenora regatta went incredibly well, I expected it to be more painful than it was. The drive took roughly 12 hours, in which Larissa and I drove entirely up with Tyson and Morgan. I can safely say that it was the most entertaining long drive I have ever been on. Once we arrived we basically ate dinner and went to bed in preparation for the big day following. The next morning we woke up and the Saskatoon and Regina teams both drove down to the boathouse. My first race was with Natasha and it was likely the worst race I have ever endured....

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Jul 20, 2011 - Kenora - Rest day

July 20 – Day 28 – Kenora – Rest day Sure good to give the legs and butte a rest after biking close to 950 k from Regina to Kenora. Seems a little unbelievable that we rode entirely across Manitoba with no rest days. Rest day mean the usual bike cleaning and maintenance, especially important now with over 3000 total k’s, when we include the Victoria mile zero segment. A close watch must kept on the brakes, tires and other components that can start to show wear. The tires on Terri’s and my bike look like we can make Thunder Bay before we...

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