The roads have been pretty good so far, just don't ride on the shoulder. There were a couple of short gravel sections in the road probably as temporary repair sections caused by flooding earlier in the year. I've seen a lot of flooded farmland and the birds that are enjoying their new watery environment.
I stopped at the Main Street Market in Pipestone where the store owner was quite informative about highways and their conditions. He informed me that the only way through to Souris this far south is Hwy 2 which is the one I was on. Good thing I didn't turn South earlier.
I got to Souris for a late lunch and a suprise phone call from Val. It's nice to hear her voice and what is happening at home.
Souris looks like a very nice small town with many tree lined streets and tidy houses.
My plan was to camp here but Souris was hit by devastating floods which wiped out their Victoria Park. The bridge to the park is still underwater. The photo I've posted along with is along the Souris River where many of the local residents helped lay sandbags to prevent further flooding. One house I saw was surrounded by a six foot high wall of sandbags as is the water treatment facility across the street.
My next possible camping spot was near Elgin only another 21 km away. I got the last spot. This campground has no drinking water so be prepared if you come here.
The people who were just having dinner next to me left 3 litres of water for me and the campground keeper, Doug, said I can get water from him.
Like their license plates say "Friendly Manitoba".
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