The land of graveled shoulders and another time zone.
After a night of loud trucks passing the campground in Manor (but it's free) and a bit of thunder, lightning and rain Dan and I set off down the road under sunny skies. There was a slight breeze which cut down on the impact of high humidity.
The shoulders gradually deteriorated as we got closer to Manitoba where, right at the border, the shoulder is all gravel and not a place to ride a loaded touring bike. So we rode close to the shoulder. Having very courteous truck drivers made this okay to do.
We stopped at the Redvers tourist info centre where there is the largest North West Mounted Policeman upon his trusty steed. What's even better than seeing this statue is the saskatoon berry pie and ice-cream that you can get inside. Who cares if it's only 10 in the morning. I'm on a high calorie diet.
We picked up some food in downtown Redvers and got going down the road with a snack break along the way on the side of the road.
My plan today was maybe to ride to Pipestone but when Dan wanted a break at the Reston Golf Club and Campground I got very tired and seeing that the water tasted good, there were showers and a shaded campsite I decided to stay. That 140 km yesterday and last night's lack of sleep were the perfect formula for helping me make this decision.
Dan thought otherwise. He lost a day of travel with his "wallet episode" and some time he spent in Regina so he decided to get some more time in the saddle. Maybe I'll see him again.
So here I am at my picnic table at the very quiet Reston Golf Club and Campground ($10) posting this.
Tomorrow onward into the hinterland of Manitoba.
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