Cycling

Winnipeg

June 11, 2005

Gladstone to Winnipeg. DAY: 159.12km. ODO: 3,239km. AVS: 23.1km/h. MXS: 38.5km/h. ATM: 6:51:35. [Text pending]

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West Nile Tour, 2005

June 10, 2005

Wasagaming to Gladstone. DAY: 128.58km. ODO: 3,080km. AVS: 21.4km/h. MXS: 47.0km/h. ATM: 6:00:04. Tired after a night of audible woodcutting, I set out once again. I travelled south to Minnedosa, passing through the valley of the Little Saskatchewan River (labelled on the CAA map as the “Minnedosa River”, for some reason). It was a tough…

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Bears!

June 9, 2005

Roblin to Wasagaming (Riding Mountain National Park). DAY: 173.17km. ODO: 2,951km. AVS: 22.7km/h. MXS: 51.5km/h. ATM: 7:37:42. When I woke up, I looked out the window, turned on the television weather station, and then packed and left (after a hearty breakfast!). It was overcast (mostly cloudy), and the wind was out of the south-west. This…

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A day off to dry out

June 8, 2005

Roblin (Sightseeing). DAY: 00.0km. ODO: 2,778km. AVS: 0.0km/h. MXS: 0.0km/h. ATM: 0:00:00. I decided to take a rest, and stay in Roblin another day, as it doesn’t really seem like that bad a place. I slept in a bit, stocked up on groceries, bought some nice environmentally-friendly Scotch Guard for my panniers, and read a…

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At least it’s not snowing

June 7, 2005

Yorkton to Roblin, MB. DAY: 95.26km. ODO: 2,778km. AVS: 14.8km/h. MXS: 42.0km/h. ATM: 6:24:01. If every day was like today, I’d have packed it in and flown to Costa Rica by now. When I got up this morning, it was quite cool, and fully overcast (it had been clear and mild when I went to…

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Attack of the Ticks!

June 6, 2005

B-Say Tah to Yorkton. DAY: 134.32km. ODO: 2,683km. AVS: 19.6km/h. MXS: 37.50km/h. ATM: 6:51:06. A tough day. I was travelling nroth-east on highway 10, and I had a headwind the whole way, though at least it was mainly sunny-overcast. I’m not so good, so far, at identifying birds of prey (unless they have a white…

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Back on the road

June 5, 2005

Regina to B-Say Tah (Echo Valley Provincial Park). DAY: 89.50km. ODO: 2,548km. AVS: 20.3km/h. MXS: 54.5km/h. ATM: 4:23:30. I left Regina at 10:00, but wasted a whole hour trying to find a store that sells white gas, to no avail, so I didn’t actually leave the city limits until 11:00. I headed north-east, headed toward…

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Still Regina…

June 4, 2005

Regina (Sightseeing). DAY: 00.00km. ODO: 2,459km. AVS: 00.0km/h. MXS: 00.0km/h. ATM: 0:00. After a leisurely morning eating breakfast, drinking tea and reading the Globe and Mail, I wandered over to the library to do a little research on central Manitoba, in preparation for the next leg of my trip. After that, I went to two…

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More Regina…

June 3, 2005

Regina (Sightseeing). DAY: 00.00km. ODO: 2,459km. AVS: 00.0km/h. MXS: 00.0km/h. ATM: 0:00. I decided to walk out to the RCMP Museum, which is located at the site of Canada’s only RCMP Training facility. It turned out to be a little further than I thought – 10km. Most of my thinking in terms of calculating distances…

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More Regina…

June 2, 2005

Regina (Sightseeing). DAY: 00.00km. ODO: 2,459km. AVS: 00.0km/h. MXS: 00.0km/h. ATM: 0:00. The weather here is more erratic than I have been accustomed to lately. There have been a couple of thundershowers, and last night there was a tornado warning. Just my luck to be sleeping in the top of the house, right under the…

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Regina’s not so bad…

June 1, 2005

Regina (Sightseeing). DAY: 00.00km. ODO: 2,459km. AVS: 00.0km/h. MXS: 00.0km/h. ATM: 0:00. I am sticking arond Regina for a few days, to give the foot a little rest and to reflect on the state of this adventure so far, and whether I am likely to continue to enjoy travelling this way. Assuming that I do,…

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Some days I just have to bitch

May 31, 2005

Tuxford to Regina. DAY: 89.04km. ODO: 2,459km. AVS: 17.6km/h. MXS: 38.0km/h. ATM: 5:03. I woke up at 5:00am, as all of those lovely birds that I am so fond of were all chattering up a storm. However, as I was awake, I did notice two White-tailed Deer standing twelve feet away from my tent. They…

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Hitchcock’s squirrels

May 30, 2005

Tuxford (Sightseeing). DAY: 37.26km. ODO: 2,370km. AVS: 22.0km/h. MXS: 51.0km/h. ATM: 1:41. Since I’ve been here, I have seen: White Pelicans, Common Loon, Western Grebe, American Wigeon, Franklin’s Gull, Spruce Grouse, Grey Catbird, Rufous-sided Towhee (spotted western) and a Chipping Sparrow. As I am staying another night, I wanted a little more food. The small…

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Finally… Sex!

May 29, 2005

Cutbank to Tuxford (Buffalo Pound Provincial Park). DAY: 152.00km. ODO: 2,332km. AVS: 21.9km/h. MXS: 47.0km/h. ATM: 6:56. As I was packing up, an American Goldfinch dropped in to feed on the dandelions. They were much higher than he, a problem he solved by walking up the stem until the top tipped to the ground and…

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Dief the Lake

May 28, 2005

Saskatoon to Cutbank (Danielson Provincial Park): DAY: 108.57km. ODO: 2,180km. AVS: 24.6km/h. MXS: 42.5km/h. ATM: 4:24. I left Saskatoon at the bright and early hour of 12:00 noon today. I followed highway 291, a little-used southbound route that follows, roughly, the South Saskatchewan River. I passed a great little marsh where I saw a Horned…

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Let’s just make this more difficult

May 27, 2005

Saskatoon (Sightseeing). DAY: 0.0km. ODO: 2,072km. AVS: 0.0km. MXS: 0.0km. ATM: 0:00. Well, while I was immersing myself in popular culture last evening, my wallet un-immersed itself from my back pocket. Losing my wallet is traumatic for me, rather like the prospect of castration. In some ways, I feel like my identity is packaged within…

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Roughing it in Saskatoon

May 26, 2005

Biggar to Saskatoon. DAY: 109.23km. ODO: 2,072km. AVS: 21.4km. MXS: 47.0km. ATM: 5:05. Saskatoon. It has a melodic sound to it, like it should be the subject of a Gordon Lightfoot song. Maybe I should write one for him. I was on the road by 8:00 this morning, as it was too bloody cold to…

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More wind…

May 25, 2005

Kerrobert to Biggar. DAY: 96.34km. ODO: 1,963km. AVS: 23.3km/h. MXS: 73.0km/h. ATM: 4:08. For the most part, I had a tail wind, but it was from an angle, so it was partly a cross-wind too. The highway generally goes east, but once in a while it will dogleg to the north, to pass around old…

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