Trip Start Aug 25, 2008
Trip End Sep 2008

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Flag of Canada  , Ontario,
Monday, September 8, 2008

As I enter a restaurant for breakfast this morning a man comments on my bike and we have a brief conversation before he invites me to join him and his wife at their table.  I've said it before but I love the way riding a bike facilitates connections with people.  That would absolutely never have happened if I drove up in a car.
It turns out that he's also a rider and a local pastor.  We have a great conversation over breakfast and he suggests some great local roads for me to ride on my way.  I see the roads but don't have time to take them.  I need to cover more kilometers today than a leisurely, zigzag ride will allow.
I'm back on Highway 16, which merges into the TransCanada, Highway 1 in about the middle of Manitoba.  Although it's a four lane, well-maintained road it isn't a freeway and goes through towns, with all their stop lights and traffic so I'm slowing to the official limit of 60 kph or less with every town.  Before I get out of Manitoba I stop to take a picture of another common sight.  Many fields have little run-down ramshackle shacks, whose purpose I can't imagine.  While the bike is parked and I'm taking a picture a man in a pickup stops to make sure I'm not broken down, and there's nothing wrong.  It turns out he's a motorcyclist, too so he wanted to check on my welfare when he saw the bike parked by the side of the road.
The terrain changes noticeably as I cross into Ontario from Manitoba.  (Unfortunately, the weather doesn't change much.)  There are lakes galore.  Many of the lakes have numerous little islands, all of them covered with trees.  Frequently I'm riding on what seems to be a causeway, with a lake on either side of me.
With all the camping I've been doing I've gotten way behind on blog entries, so I decide to come in out of the rain and get a motel room where I can plug in the laptop and type up these entries.  The internet connection is sporadic so I don't know exactly when I'll be able to upload but at least everything's typed up.  I'll try from the lobby in the morning.  My cousin Laura's husband, Lynn, is from Michigan and he's given me the number for his mother and brother, both of whom I've met at family events that bring them out from Michigan.  Since I'll be passing through their neighborhood (well... their state) I give Roger a call and he invites me to spend the night when I come through.  I'm grateful for the offer and will take him up on it in a couple of days.
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chapobrien on

Wow...beautiful pic
Hey Graybeard!

Great picture of the house in the field. You could enter that in a contest. This is a great site. I am traveling right with ya. Let me know when you reach Europe!!! (chuckle)

Your Friend,


graybeard on

Re: Wow...beautiful pic
Hey, Steve! Great to hear from you. Glad you're enjoying it and thanks for the comment on the pic. That means something coming from you. That picture is one of my favorites, too.

graybeard on

Thanks Gene & Kathy. I'm doing this so people can kind of keep up with me so I'm glad to know it's working out. I also appreciate the thoughts and prayers!

graybeard on

Re: Doc
HA! You know me, Doc. No matter how much time I have I'm always trying to squeeze more in than there is time available! Glad you're enjoying the pictures.

graybeard on

Re: melbox
Thanks, Mel. I'm glad you're enjoying this and you've done this before... with Bill if I recall... You can't know how you'd enjoy riding in the rain until you've tried it. Just let me know when you're ready. ;->

Sean on

where was this church i have seen it before

graybeard on

I can't give you a specific location, Sean. I just saw it by the side of Hwy 16 in western Manitoba. Sorry I can't be more specific.

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