The Canada/US Border Tour - I'm one of those guys, easily entertained I guess, that really enjoys riding across the prairies. Once you get off the Trans-Canada Highway (TC-1), and take secondary roads and gravel, rural life begins. I love the country, rural people and the pioneer history. Over the winter I read a couple of great books that vividly painted a picture of life on the prairies in the early days of settlement, with a very frank portrayal of the Indian - White colonist interactions and situation. Wolf Willow (by Wallace Stegner) & A Geography of Blood (by Candace Savage) are entertaining reading if you're a history buff. These books, mainly about life around the Cypress Hills region in Saskatchewan & Alberta, both really tell a much bigger story - the story of how the Great Plains were settled. Join me as we journey along the 49th Parallel to the Rockies, following the path of the surveyors that carved up this land, and the North West Mounted Police that followed in their tracks. Enough talk, the journey starts here... Can you see the border marker in the middle of the pic? A nice border guard was kind enough to walk me there (to where I was permitted to take the picture from). This is at the Sprague border crossing in south-east Manitoba across the line from Warroad Minnesota. This is right adjacent to Lake of the Woods. Note the marshy bog - the surveyors had their work cut out for themselves right from the get go... there is another marker or two in the swamp to the east, but you can't walk there in summer, especially without getting someone excited!