Trip Start Aug 25, 2008
31Trip End Sep 2008
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Riding Mountain National Park
After going south out of the park, I head east on Highway 3. This starts out as a small country road, passing through more farming communities, and shrinks to a tiny country road. It's Sunday so there's probably less traffic than there would normally be on a weekday, but I'm going through little villages where I don't see a living soul and I'm only meeting about one other vehicle per hour on the road. It occurs to me that if I were to go off the road and into one of the weed filled ditches it would be a very long time before I was discovered. The way the weather is going it might not even be until after the spring thaw.
The Canadian geese all seem to be responding to the weather, too. I see many heading south. There was one flock, however, that seemed somewhat confused. It was a flock of maybe 75 birds or so, in two of their classic "V" formations, but they were flying north. I watched them as long as I could and they never veered off their course which was due north. I know what you're thinking and, yes, it really was north. I even checked my sense of direction against my GPS. They were flying north. Every other flock I saw was going south, except for this one. Maybe they didn't get the memo.
Another puzzle (for me) is, many of the fields have evenly spaced structures, mostly in a beehive shape, frequently painted red. They're maybe 5 or 6 feet tall and 4 or 5 feet in diameter. They all have a fairly large opening in one side and the opening always faces the southeast. I can't see that there's anything inside any of them so their purpose remains a puzzle for me.
From Highway 3 I go south on Highway 10 through heavily wooded areas to Riding Mountain National Park. Based on the signs, a primary use of the park is for cross country skiing in the winter. There are lots of signs for skiing trails. There are also lots of signs to watch for Moose. If running into a deer can kill a motorcyclist I can't even imagine what hitting a Moose would be like. Maybe I could duck and just go under its belly.
I camp in a campground next to Clear Lake but all the tent sites are closed. All the campsites here are closing for the winter and they're almost deserted. Most places I have the pick of the sites. Here I have to set up my tent in a pull-through for RV's because that's all that's open. I guess they don't figure that anybody's going to be dumb enough to camp in a tent in this weather.