Leaving on the 16th for a ride from British Columbia to Ontario

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  1. oldgrizz

    oldgrizz Long timer Supporter

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    The second pic is of a typical rain that played tag with me all the way.
    The average temp was 13 deg C and when it finally hit 20 for a short while I thought WOW summer has finally arrived.
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  2. oldgrizz

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    Day 2 Vegreville to Saskatoon 425 Km.
    Once again playing tag with the thunderstorms
    In and out of the rain and again I didn't bother to put on the rain gear as the rain would only last for 6 or 8 km.
    The temp ran from 11 deg C to a high of 20 when I arrived in Saskatoon
    When I stopped to top up the fuel in Saskatoon the sun was shinning and then it started to rain.
    Standing in bright sunshine and getting wet....I think mother nature doesn't like me sometime.
    The good thing is being able to spend a few days with my sister here in Saskatoon.
    She has shown me around the city and Saskatoon sure is a pretty city with the river and all the trees.
    The crops are in bloom and the sites and smells are very nice.
    In talking to the locals they tell me the weather has been so wet that it has stunted the growth of the crops.
    I sure hope I get out of this rain.
    Tomorrow I have a long day as I head to my reserved campsite just a bit north of Winnipeg.

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    borderlinebob Been here awhile

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    Just so you know and will sound like an “ex”
    it’s Fort Frances with an “e”
    They just announced this morning that tent camping opened this morning at the local Point Park on Rainy Lake. Very nice location right on the lake shore.
    You are about 5 hours from north of Winnipeg to here.
    If I see you posting that you end up staying here, I’ll try come by to say howdy.
    Safe travels eh.
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  5. oldgrizz

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    I hope you know I was trying vainly to toss in a little humor.
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  6. oldgrizz

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    I may just try to head up there.
    With the time I have available it will either be head north or south from Souix Lookout.
    I won't have time for both unfortunately.
    Also my cousin that I will be seeing in Souix Lookout has some family history in Red Lake going way back to the mini gold rush that happened there.
    It might be interesting to visit there.
    Also northern Ontario is beautiful country.
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    If you need anything while in the Kenora area feel free to hit me up. I am just north of town about 10 min with tools and a camping spot.
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    Thanks for the heads up. It is appreciated.
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  9. oldgrizz

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    Here is where I camped at Birds Hill Provincial Park outside Winnipeg Manitoba

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    Another pic of my camping spot and my freeze dried dinner that was actually pretty good.

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  11. oldgrizz

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    Today I have some great accommodations at my cousins lodge.
    Moose horn Lodge in Sioux
    My cousin took me for a tour of the town.
    When I left there I was knee high to a frog so it has been a very long time since I was here.

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    The first picture is of the house that my mom and dad built.
    That would have been 60 years ago.
    It was not in its original location as it had been moved.
    The second house is where my mom was born.
    It is a small house and they had 10 kids.
    The house is well over 100 years old today.

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    I will post some videos of the beautiful roads here as soon as I get a chance to clean them up a bit with my editing program.
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  14. Lanis

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    Hey Old Grizz

    Glad to see the trip is going well. How are you liking the SW-Motech dry bag? I've had mine now for 3 years and it still performs as new. The welded seams are still in excellent shape and I've never had a water ingress problem, even in a torrential downpour through Scotland. I like the way it clips on to the bike, and I usually have a retractable cable lock around it so you can feel a little better leaving it on the bike when you go into a restaurant. Once a year, I hit it with dish soap and water to clean the grime off it, whether it needs it or not. It's a great product and I am surprised I don't see more of them on the road.

    Keep the updates coming !!!!

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    So far I think it is one of the best pieces of kit I have purchased for the bike.
    I have ridden through some major thunder storms with the water bouncing back up a foot off the road. So far not a drop of water in the bag.
    I also like the attachment system to the bike.
    Far better than using bungy cords.
    I must admit I am hauling around more gear than I really need.
    I should have used the system of....
    Write down everything you want to take.
    Write down how much money you will carry.
    Rip the list in half.
    Take twice as much money.
    You would think an old fart like me would have known better..
    I did have to carry some nice clothes because my sister wanted to take me out to a nice place.
    I will really revamp my list for the next trip.
    The guys in the.
    Packing light section would poop themselves if they saw what I am hauling around.
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  16. oldgrizz

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    The morning view. 4:45 am 20200724_041133.jpg
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    Just some random thoughts along the way.
    Heading east the gas stations can be fairly far apart.
    Leaving Saskatoon I had planned to stop in Foam Lake.
    However somehow I buzzed right past the Co-op station.
    As I kept riding I was watching the bars on the fuel gauge dropping.
    The next thing I knew the reserve bar was flashing and as far as I could see it was just fields of grain.
    I finally came across another Co-Op station.
    I had 296 km on the tank.
    I was sure glad to see that station.
    My cap. Is suppose to be 25 lit and I only took 19.6 so I guess I could have gone further if needed, but it is an uncomfortable feeling when you think you may run out.
    Looking at the roadmap there are lots of names on the map, however most are no more than 2 houses and a grain elevator.
    Then when I got into Ontario I was following my little buddy WAZ the GPS on my phone.
    As I approached some major towns the program took me around and not through them.
    Again since I was on Highway 1 the main East West highway I thought there would be lots of places to get fuel.
    And once again I was down to 1 bar on the fuel gauge when a station finally came into view.
    So my lesson to myself is that once I pass 160 km on a tank stop at the next station I come across.
    I may also see if I can find a 1 gallon or 4 lit container that I can carry with extra fuel. Just in case.
    I have found the folks on my travels very friendly, even with this virus problem.
    Every stop I make I have 3 or 4 folks approach me (With proper spacing) and ask, where are you going, where are you from, how do you like the area?
    I don't mind spending the time to answer the questions.
    One old farmer and I had a conversation that went on for 45 minutes until I said, I would love to continue this but I have 580 more Km. To ride today.
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    Hey Old Grizz !!!!! You should have stopped in Foam Lake. The Co-op there is amazing. I have an uncle that farms 10 miles from Foam Lake, just south on the road to Kelliher (my old stomping grounds!!!) I have explored most every road around there, BTW, if you ever have fuel trouble in rural SK, pretty much any farmer will help. The same goes with flat tires/water/food/medical/directions... Anything..... Just stop and ask. Just knock on the door, then back away a few feet as not to pose a threat.

    I picked up a nail just out of Lethbridge last year. I floated into the closest farm yard on my rim. A newly transplanted Newfoundlander answered the door, invited me in for lunch, then drove me into Lethbridge to buy a new tube !!!! He, too, would have talked my ear off if I let him!

    Good to hear you are making friends !!!!

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    In Souix Lookout I have some pretty nice accommodations on my cousins houseboat. 20200723_130334.jpg
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    Hi Ray. I just found this trip report. If you make it to the eastern end of the province I think I owe you lunch. PM me if you're heading this way.

    Have fun. Ride safely.

    Nick
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