MacGregor to Winnipeg

Now that I have left highway 2 for the Trans-Canada, I realize that I hadn’t mentioned anything about the route I was on. The route runs from Winnipeg, Manitoba, across Saskatchewan and into Alberta. The highway (2 in Manitoba and 13 in Saskatchewan roughly follows the route the Northwest Mounted Police used in 1876 to march from Winnipeg to Fort MacLeod. It is known as the Red Coat Trail.

Today is yet another example of wait 24 hours and everything will change. Yesterday I cycled into the wind pretty well all day struggling to maintain 10-11 mph. Today the wind is at my back and I’m flying along 25+ mph. It is also a beautiful sunny day and the temperature is ideal for cycling. The ride into Winnipeg is almost effortless. As I cross into Winnipeg Deb picks me up and we head off to a recommended local bike shop, Olympia Cycle and Ski, for a much needed bike tune up and cleaning.

Our next stop is the Winnipeg Art Gallery known for its collection of Inuit Art. The art gallery recently completed a new addition to feature their Inuit Art collection and we have been looking forward to getting to see it. After the Art gallery we take a drive around the legislature before heading off to the only campground we could find located within the city boundaries. Turns out it is on the east side of Winnipeg ideally located to jump back on the Trans-Canada tomorrow morning.

The plan tonight is to meet our friend David Lavender for dinner. David is an architect. He lived in Sarnia before moving to Winnipeg and was a member of the Rotary Club of Sarnia. It turns out that there is a nice restaurant, The Block & Blade, located close to where we are camping. We arrange to meet at 6 p.m. We have a great visit, the dinner is excellent and the price is reasonable. The only issue with the evening comes as we are finishing dessert. David looks up to see a tow truck hooking up to his vehicle out front. He manages to get out before the driver takes his vehicle and somehow manages to convince him not to take his car. Crisis averted. We say our goodbyes and head back to the campground. It seems that yet another stage of our journey has just ended.

The Red Coat Trail
Now officially 1/2 way across Canada
Carving by one of my favorite Inuit artists Manasie Akpaliapik

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