Category Archives: Winnipeg and Back 2011

Day 11: Long range riders

Today we headed out early from Jana and Paul’s. Our plan was to head to Barriere because the long weekend made it impossible to book a room anywhere else and we weren’t confident enough in the weather to camp. That’s … Continue reading

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Day 10: Against the wind (with apologies to Bob Seeger).

Yes, the lyrics from Bob Seeger’s “Against the Wind” ran through my head many times today. Sometimes it’s a bit hard to determine exactly where the wind is but when you’re looking at the sunflowers’ faces along the side of … Continue reading

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Day 9. Westering in Saskatchewan

Last night was interesting. First an engine and rescue headed east on 16 as well as two ambulances and an RCMP unit. From our work experience we were pretty certain it was a serious MVA. We were right because they didn’t … Continue reading

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Day 8. Heading west again.

We got an early start this morning but when Arlene started her bike the starter kept engaging intermittently. After some fiddling around I figured she could start the bike and then remove the starter relay to prevent the starter kicking … Continue reading

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Day 6 and 7. Winnipeg. Our destination and turn-around point

After such a crappy day on the road yesterday we were looking forward to some decent weather. The day dawned bright and sunny so we were pretty pumped about that. Betty made us a great breakfast and then we hit … Continue reading

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Day 5: Rain!? We don’t need no stinkin’ rain!

Today we were supposed to have an easy day – about 375 km or so. “Should be a cake walk”, we said. “Let’s not bust our butts to hit the road. We can slide into Souris in no time”, we … Continue reading

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Day 4: Prairie schoonin’

Well, mares’ tails never lie. We woke to a drizzle and left in flat out rain. We’ve ridden in worse but it wasn’t all that much fun. The only good thing: the wind was still at our backs. The road … Continue reading

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Day 3: Going-to-the-sun road and beyond

We left Kalispell about 0800 following #2 then connected to the Going-to-the-sun road at West Glacier, the western entrance to Glacier National Park. We were treated to about 10k of virtual virgin pavement. That degraded to average surface but nevertheless … Continue reading

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Day 2. Grand Forks, BC to Kalispell, Montana

Today started out looking good weather-wise and it held all day, a bit cool at times, but no rain. Washed the bikes last night, hoping that didn’t jinx us and it didn’t. Whew! Unusually for us we had breakfast before leaving … Continue reading

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On the road again!

Left this AM about 0800. It’s July 19 and the weather still hasn’t turned into summer yet. Our ultimate objective is Winnipeg but as always, we’ll take the long cut. East bound we hope to ride the Going to the … Continue reading

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