Two turkeys, Two Clowns, and into the 'Peg

Trip Start Jul 26, 2009
Trip End Aug 05, 2009

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Flag of Canada  , Manitoba,
Saturday, August 1, 2009

Yesterday was a fine day, but certainly not the most impressive riding. It is very flat and straight and boring riding. We started in Rugby, North Dakota, and grabbed a bite to eat there at the "Rockin' Relics" diner. The girl at the counter, Alyssa, was friendly and talkative, and about the same age as my oldest daughter Melissa. There were three sassy ladies at a nearby table, and they started chatting with us too...good times :-)

Out of Rugby, north on highway 3, and into the Turtle Mountain region. I was amused by the enormous turtle constructed entirely out of wheel rims. Strange, but true...we have the photos to prove it. Shawn climbed right onto its head, about 15 feet off the ground, and the whole thing started to shake and sway. I don't think it was meant to be a climbing structure!

Lunch was at a little diner on the road. I parked next to an old El Dorado, roughly the size of a battleship. That thing was enormous! I spoke to the owner, who claimed he bought it for less than $100 a few years ago. It was quite a "flash-back" moment to the days of huge highway cars rolling down the road and chewing through gasoline without regard to the environment. The roads here are straight and suited to that kind of car. There are beautiful fields of mustard, and the yellow is brilliant in the sun.

The International Peace Park sits on the border between North Dakota in the US and Manitoba in Canada. It actually exists BETWEEN the customs points of the two countries. Within the park there are hiking trails and memorials and the border is clearly marked, so you can stand with one foot in each country if you wish. We rode around the 3 mile long loop in the park. Coming around one curve, I spotted four little fox cubs rough-housing playfully. Very cute! We stopped, and 3 ran away but one little cub stayed and we got some photos. We stopped for souvenirs, and in the shop, along with the ubiquitous T-shirts and coffee mugs, they had little toy wooden rifles and handguns. In the PEACE park ... um, excuse me, isn't that just wrong?

Shawn's NAV finally led us astray for the first time yesterday. I guess he changed an option to ask for the shortest possible route into Winnipeg. The thing led us down increasingly questionable roads until, at one point, we were on dirt and gravel single lane country road which it said we should follow for 15km! Shawn stopped, and I pulled up beside him laughing my ass off! Nice choice of route! We spotted the highway off in the distance, to our right, and made an executive decision to ignore the NAV, get back to the highway, and travel the paved roads once again.

We rolled into Winnipeg and it was strange to be back in a *city* once again. We splurged on the Fairmont Hotel, and as Shawn described our crazy motorcycle adventure to Catherine at the front desk, she decided to upgrade us to the "Gold" floor. Sweet! She also gave good recommendations, and we went to The Forks and later to The Windsor Hotel for some live blues.

We're tired, and won't make Thunder Bay today...probably International Falls.

Be Good :-)
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