Hopefully the worst day of the trip
Trip Start Jul 07, 2008
22Trip End Aug 09, 2008
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Where I stayed
The Garden Path Bed and Breakfast
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
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!