Across two states (provinces)
Feb 05, 2010
. Wednesday morning, heading in a north easterly direction through Neepawa, got bored with the scenery so deviated somewhat onto a parallel secondary road, till we got to Russell, just near the border. Well we did Manitoba, nice farm country but being the prairie, flat and absolutely dead boring with lots of evident groundwater from the storms but we knew this was going to be so and just had to drive through it. Crossed into Saskatchewan, and the scenery hasn't changed much, still flat but there is more trees. The information centre at Langerburg was excellent with a wealth of information, so on still to Yorkton and we stayed at a City run RV park, not bad at all. Did I mention before that the mosquitos in Canada are the size of chickens and really should come with their own flight crew they are that big, good old mossie coils keep them at bay. We also had a small disaster with the "sustenance drawer" as there was to much weight and the bottom fell out, redistributed some content into the fridge and subsequently down the hatch, solved that little problem. Well Saskatchewan is as we thought, as boring as Manitoba, plus it rained and rained and maybe it is not as flat (?). Arrived in Saskatoon, nice surprise, built on a river so there is more trees around and hoping the sun will shine tomorrow, and as I am typing this another big storm is arriving with tremendous thunder and lighning - Yee Haa. PS - Apologies for the lack of quality in the photos - nothing happened.
Still travelling north, this area is called Lake of the Woods is is extremely beautiful till Kenora and stayed for a couple of hours for a look around and resupply the groceries. This is another tired looking town with a rather large and evident indigenous community, just like home. After yesterday's nature extranaganza today was a bit of a downer, yes we saw two deer and a bald eagle but that was about it. West now and leaving Ontario and into Manitoba, quick visit to the Information Centre gave us the bad news that Winnipeg had had its worst storm in 75 years and a large portion of the city was declared a disaster area with many of the streets under water, so we heeded the warning, skirted north on the old number one and were somewhat dismayed at the reality of the storm and to cap it off the RV Camp we picked looked a bit worse for wear as well, it may have been OK 25 years ago, not now. Quick turnaround, off on some rather dubious backroads until we had crossed virtually half the state and stayed overnight at Portage La Prairie, still very wet underfoot as well