Hopefully the worst day of the trip

Trip Start Jul 07, 2008
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Trip End Aug 09, 2008


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The Garden Path Bed and Breakfast

Flag of Canada  , Manitoba,
Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Well, again I missed the time I planned to leave. Luckily I was awaken at 6am by the person in the next room banging on my wall for an unknown reason (thank you mysterious wallbanger, I shall call you Harvey). The first couple of hours on the road were great: fantastic scenery and nice twisty roads. It was pretty cold (14C - sounds okay but sit out in the wind for hours and you'll know what I mean). And then the worm turned..

I thought the construction yesterday was bad - today was hell. I spent at least an hour of my day staring at stop signs and red lights. And then the rains came - not a good heavy rain, but that constant drizzle that makes you want to reach for the rusty razor and bare a wrist. It drizzled for the next 5 hours.

It was after getting stuck behind 4 tractor trailers, 3 RVs and a slew of cars that I met the first person with a name in my adventure:Officer McDougall. This section of western Ontario is just 2 lane highway with not a lot of passing opportunities so when one comes along you make the most of it. I made the most of it by passing all 11 or so vehicles, hitting a top speed of 146km/h. Unfortunately, one of the vehicles was the unmarked truck of Officer McDougall. He was alright though, he followed my for about 10 minutes and then pulled me over and ticketed me for my average speed (see ticket).

Speaking of passing, has anyone else noticed Murphy's Law of Passing? You will not encounter oncoming traffic until to get to the only passing zone for 10km. What's up with that??

The rest of Ontario was depressing - cold and wet with slow traffic. The most excitement I had was nearly running out of gas; I drafted behind a semi for awhile and that allowed me to coast into a town on fumes; no lives lost. Finally I made into Manitoba and (I'm not kidding) the sun suddenly came out and a rainbow appeared. How's that for a sign?

The rest of the day rocked - Manitoba is really beautiful - the rolling fields, miles of brilliant canola waving in the breeze, nice divided highways with reasonable speed limits. And I got to pull over and watch a plane crop dusting! I didn't know they still did that - very cool! Even shot a video of it.

I finally stopped for the night in a small town called Neepawa (the Lily capital of the WORLD!) in a beautiful B&B called The Garden Path run by a lovely couple, George and Susan Phillips. I highly recommend it if you are traveling through the area.

So, spent most of the day wet and freezing, cursing road work and sow traffic, and a ticket to boot. Hopefully the days get better from here.

Total mileage today: 1251km!
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