I don’t know why they call this place Moose Jaw but they do. I haven’t asked though. Maybe I should ask the waitress the next time she comes to refill my coffee – I’m on the third cup now.
Just got to Regina, Saskatchewan and picked up the repaired laptop from the bus depot here. It’s great to have it back. I’m going to update this blog with some notes I’ve been making in my notebook over the past few weeks, so scroll down…
I saw some horses. On one side of the road three horses in a small field – small enough that you could see the fences around it. They were gazing across the road. At first I thought they were looking at me but then I saw behind me a larger group of horses (10 or 15) in a much larger field – a field whose boundaries I couldn’t see, but I guess it must have had boundaries. I don’t think they were wild horses. They showed no interest in the three across the road who were staring at them as they walked in single file up to and then along the fence by the road.
Still waiting on the laptop. I just phoned but the guy I needed to speak to wasn’t there so waiting for him to call back.
Sitting in the common room of the hostel as people chat, eat breakfast, prepare sandwiches, decide what they’re doing today, talk about the differences between their countries – when there’s snow in Britain children are sent home from school.
Stiiiilllll in Winnipeg (but definitely leaving tomorrow morning).
Still in Winnipeg. Still don’t have the laptop fixed so it’s going to be posted on to me and I’ll pick it up in Regina, Saskatchewan, about a week’s cycle away.
See the LegJoints Cycling Canada page for previous comments since I wasn’t able to post here.
I’m in Winnipeg. More than halfway across now. Not been able to post much recently due to a broken laptop – so no pictures and no video unitl it’s fixed. I’ll give the laptop fixers a call tomorrow but it probably won’t be ready and I can’t hang around here for weeks waiting for them to do it.
The bike’s ok though and heading off across the praries tomorrow. 1700km to Calgary, so if I can average 100km a day I should be going over the Rockies early October. Bought a warm sleeping bag recently and some warm cycling clothes, including tights, which look stupid but will probably be essential.
Went to a bar yesterday evening and met some Fort Frances locals. I was given a painted turtle by Don & Jamie, a native couple. Don is from a place called Serpent River, a place between Sudbury and Sault Sainte Marie which I must have gone through – the name sounds familiar and I think I can picture the place but I might be thinking of somewhere else.
Beers last night with Ken, a guy from Alaska who is cycling to Rhode Island, USA to see his family. It was a good night. Good to socialize, good to relax. I’d only done 60km when I decided to stop there (Gravel River) for the night, but it was a hard 60km, and the next campsite, the next place where I’d be able to get food and water, even the next picnic area where I’d just be able to pitch my tent, were all a long way off, at least another 25 to 30km. And it was 6 o’clock.
Today was much easier. I’m told I’ve now gone over the worst hills of this stretch. I did 80km today and I’m now just 80km from Thunder Bay, a big town where I’ll stop for a break. Should make that tomorrow, hopefully by mid-afternoon then I’ll have a chance to find somewhere to stay.