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Old 02-19-2013, 04:40 PM   #16
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Montreal, Sunday, 17 June 2012, Day 13

stripes are slimming![/caption]

Supposed to be a rest day but did not actually turn out that way did have a bit of a kip in but as stated this quite difficult in a 10 man dorm. Had a leisurely breakfast and first destination was to go up the mountain/hill Mont Real to see the view. Gorgeous hot day but I am a bit burnt from my day wandering around Quebec city and my aversion to Sun tan cream so I am trying to keep in the shade as much as possible but proving difficult as it mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun so very little shade to be had. Long trek up the Hill but worth it, as the views are great.

Views from Mont Real[/caption]



Finding my way down proved a bit more difficult as I got lost and went of the beaten track and found myself scrabbling down a very steep incline basically on my arse. Found my way down and ended up enjoying a tam-tams session (Drums) was not difficult to miss.

Timtams![/caption]

Went for another wonder and found another festival where they had shit of whole street for block and there was an impromptu party going on with all the cafes shops and restaurant taking over the street. Seem to be going from one festival to another here, which is great. Wonder through China town and finally reach the old city and quay side part of Montreal have walked miles again and so decide to walk some more around this area.



Finally get back to the hostel about 8 so have been walking on off for 9 hours so a tired little boy. To top it of was looking for a food hall in some of the halls to get some dinner as I had not eaten since this morning but they where all closed as it was a Sunday so found this that did burger and chicken and ordered some chicken wings the guy was really chatty from and was surprised when I knew where Dhaka (Bangladesh) was so he gave me a double order of wings a huge amount of chips which there was no way I could eat on my own so found some Irish folks outside the hostel to share my food booty with. Sitting here just updating this blog all in all a very pleasant day indeed even though me footy pegs are a bit sore. Short run to Ottawa tomorrow and will probably do a lot more walking there as well but after that it back to the bike and time to start putting some kilometres on the clock


Montreal Sculpture[/caption]
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Old 02-19-2013, 04:43 PM   #17
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Montreal to Ottawa, Monday, 18 June 2012, Day 14

I loved this monument in Ottowa[/caption]

Its hot short day ride today from Montreal to Ottawa not very interesting run only 200km arrived at about 3 pm at a hostel, which used to be a prison very interesting place. Got out of me bike gear as was sweating a bit and headed out to discover Ottawa. At first I was not to impressed as I have been spoiled with Quebec City and Montreal but the more I looked the more I found some great little parts in this town as well. Had a real cultural day and went the Canadian Parliament where there were free guided tours and today both lower house and the senate where in session and was allowed in the public gallery for both which was great not just from a building perspective but to watch democracy work form close quarters was very enjoyable especially as they went from English to French all in one debate made it more intriguing. Beautiful building and views not sure we have this kind of access to government in the UK and or NL or maybe as a local I have never tried but thoroughly enjoyed myself.

Ottawa[/caption]



After culture went to the main shopping mall as theyíre where you normally find the cheapest nicest Asian food in the food courts and pigged out a lekker Chinese. My jeans had ripped open round the crouch and was getting embarrassing every time I sat down as my crown jewels where on full display great for me in this heat but I am not sure Canada is ready for them yet so went to get some new jeans. The reason the other ones split methinks is all them Tim Hortonís I have been eating and I have finally have to admit I can no longer fit in a 34 inch waist so had to buy a bigger size so it seem I grown 2 inches in the waist and shrunk an inch in height old age can be such a bitch. Other bad news today was I found out that Apple are introducing a new OS Operating system which is quicker better cooler faster etc. the old one however downside is that it will not support I Web and guess what tis blog is on! So need to find a new platform to keep you lot informed with what I am up to. So a mini project as I go off the radar into the middle of Canada have no idea which way to go but that is half the fun!



Ottawa by night[/caption]

Scary things come out![/caption]

 

 
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Old 02-19-2013, 04:44 PM   #18
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Ottawa to Temagami, Tuesday, 19 June 2012, Day 15

nice sunset[/caption]

Hot day in the saddle reached 31 degrees centigrade at one stage sweaty hot. Plan was to try and do some km today but as usual did not hit the road till 10.30 after my free breakfast at the hostel did not sleep much as it was very hot and sweaty in the room as well. Spent all day driving until about 17.30 when I had ran out of steam so grabbed some food and went to look for a campsite I seen on the free map I got from the info desk in North bay. In answer to yesterday question I have decided to take the 11 not the 17 to Thunder Bay as it is 1.5 hrs. Shorter! And is more scenic. The roads have been pretty boring most of the day with the odd glimpse of interesting scenery every now and again does not bode to well if it is going to be like this for the next x thousand clicks. When I got to the campsite it was closed or so it seemed talked to some folks and the they told me just to set up camp and sort it the morning so it a huge site with only about 3 other groups on it. Seemingly the season here does not start till the 1st of July so I seem to be ahead of the season here as well. Sitting on a bench outside typing this fighting of the flyís and the mossiesí will later so I am wrapped in my inner sheet which has allegedly been treated with DEAT so hope that will keep them away. Someone from Ontario Parks popped round and informed me that camping was 37 CAD a night jeepers could have got a hotel for that I thought camping was supposed to be the cheap option! He told me that Ontario was one of the most expensive provinces in Canada going to have to check prices before setting up camp, as I was not expecting it to be this expensive. Going to watch the sunset over lake Temagami and probably have an early night and see if I can hit the road at reasonable time and gets some km under my belt

Temagami Under Canvas[/caption]
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Old 02-19-2013, 04:46 PM   #19
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Temagami to Hearst, Wednesday, 20 June 2012, Day 16

what is the difference between a buffalo and a bison?[/caption]

Even though I went to bed at 10.30 I still not did get up till 9 the following day must be more tired than I thought. Sun was up going to be another hot one. Packed up slowly enjoying the sun and went to pay my camping fees turned out that the 37 CAD included tax which took a bit of the pain of the price. Hit the road with first stop you guessed it Tim Hortonís for breakfast the usual. Planned to do a long day in the saddle but turned out shorter than planned. Stopped in Cochrane where I had heard about a polar bear sanctuary where you could swim with them (comment same pool but thick glass wall dividing humans (dinner) from the polar bears) Unfortunately it was closed as all the old polar bears had died and they had just got one new one who was being acclimatised to its new surroundings. Was chatting to the girl on reception when she says there he is so got a glimpse and few photos from a distance tried to persuade her to let me and have a look around but couldnít swing it.



Polar Bear![/caption]

Went to the library to use the free Internet to scope out this eveningís accommodation and check mail. When I hit the road again the weather had changed and in no time it was pissing down quick pit stop to get wet weather gear on but was well soaked by the time I could pull over and get kit out. Temperature also dropped significantly. I hit Hearst at around 5 pm and I had heard from here it was about 200km to next bit of civilisations so decide to call it quits for the night (Moose on the road at dusk) as I was cold and wet and had spotted a sign for a special offer at Howard Johnson motel so I am having an evening of reasonable luxury why because I can ;-). One horse town but found a local cafe and huge dinner of souvlaki glad of the extra inches on me new jeans they are going to be filled very quickly at this rate.

The driving scenery is not so interesting but still having a giggle as I have a big smile for the huge American trucks, the school buses and when I see huge freight train going past all of this is fascinating for me and the fact that even though mundane it all different for me so having a chuckle to myself as I tootle along.
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Old 02-19-2013, 04:52 PM   #20
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Hearst to Thunder Bay, Thursday, 21 June 2012, Day 17



Quite a strange day got up at about 8.30ish and did a Skype call to the folks back home who are also looking after my affairs so they are holding up bank statements with me saying file keep through away archive got myself a great little secretary (me Mum :-)) So that business at home sorted now for business here. Finally looked out the window and it is pissing down so going to be a damp day today. Slowly sorted my kit out as I was in no hurry to get wet and when loading the bike I noticed that one on the main screws holding my panniers on had worked it self loose so out with the toolkit to remedy. Should have been easy but did not have the right tool needed a large screwdriver which I did not have so tried tightening with Canadian $ coin with a set of pliers for some extra mechanical advantage only end up bending the coin so looks like I am going to jail for treason as I have defaced her majesty coinage I thought it would be stronger. So I packed the back and rode round the corner where there was a workshop that dealt with huge American trucks should have some proper kit there. Asked to burrow a screwdriver which they let me have no problem even asked one of the mechanics if he could have a go at the screw as I was not strong enough to turn it as it was sort of jammed he managed to get it seated probably and I was ready to hit the road in the wet. First breakfast no need to ask where (Tim H) and then to fuel up, as it was 200km to the next petrol station so did not want to be caught short. The road was also straight with no corners for that amount as well and I thought I would be bored shitless but it was quite interesting going for miles with no one around with only the odd truck to overtake. It rained for the first hour and then stopped and started all day so wet dry wet dry etc. was the order of that day. Scenery improved later and the road even had a few turns in it as well. Stopped in a place called Geraldton where I saw an interesting building on hill, which turned out, to be a glorified tourist info spot called a Discovery Centre a very chatty girl working that gave the grand tour, which was great as it was raining again outside.

Geraldton[/caption]



Go to Thunder Bay at about 5.30 ish and found a great little hostel just outside town which is cheap as chips and run by an old couple who have set up the hosteling backpackers guide to Canada so very interesting eclectic place.

Thunder Bay Inter Hostel[/caption]



Going to be another early night and the decision is weather or not to do Winnipeg tomorrow 700km about 9 hours driving of to break it into 2 parts but not much in between and I do not fancy riding late at night as there often moose on the road and talking about moose I saw my 1st one today and they are enormous think I would loose out if I hit one of those luckily this one was at the side of the road and not wondering in the middle. All in all a nice day even through kept getting rained on but that added to the interest I guess a bit.

Remote Petrol Station[/caption]

Worlds largest Snowman Allegedly[/caption]

 
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Old 02-19-2013, 04:59 PM   #21
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Thunder Bay to Winnipeg, Friday, 22 June 2012, Day 18



Seriously long day in the saddle think I did more than 700 km today and it was hard going. Got out reasonably on time and started heading out of Thunder bay where it went from quite well built up to nothing within miles and before I knew it I was in the middle of know where with very little petrol and when I typed fuel into my GPS is kept pointing me backwards 60km in the direction I had just come from dilemma do turn round and go back and refill or do I push on and I needed to make the decision fast or I was going to run out anyhow. After a while I bottled it and did a U turn and started heading back there was no one around to ask until I saw someone had broke down on the side of the road and asked him. It turned out that there where 3 petrol stations in Uppsala (Not Sweden), which was about 40 km in the direction, I wanted to go so after another quick calculations decided to go for it. (Bloody GPS not one of these stations showed up on it but all fully functional they probably have to pay to show on the GPS, which is not much use to me!

Waterfall somewhere[/caption]

Found and Esso station in the middle of no where so filled up the bike and had breakfast as I had not passed a Tim Hortonís and was not expecting one for a while on the route I was taking. Long ride between forest and lakes interesting enough but me bum ainít half sore. Later in the day in Dryden talking to a chap outside Tim Hortonís (afternoon snack of a cinnamon roll and French vanilla drink) and as you do we were talking about sore bums and he mentioned a place up the road that sell sheep skins which are good for long distance riders. Now I have always thought they looked a bit silly and served no purpose but 30 minutes up the road I saw the place and I stopped to have a butchers. Well to cut a long story short I am now the proud owner of a black sheepskin tied to me saddle. It only cost 60 buck so worth a try. Does it work well difficult to tell as I had already done 400km today so was already stiff but I think it did make a difference so maybe there is something to this?

Crossed the border (feels like and looks like a border to me) from Ontario to Manitoba and dived into the tourist info to swop me Ontario tourist blurb for Manitoba tourist blurb and maps and then dived on to a fantastic little back road on my to Winnipeg and thought if the roads are going to be like this when then it all good however this was short lived as the last 80km to Winnipeg the road was straight with not one corner for mile after mile and considering how many clicks I had done today very hard to concentrate. Spotted a bear, which mad me focus a bit more for the final run to Winnipeg. I had also crossed a time zone today so gained and extra hour. Booked into the hostel and had a vegetarian burger for me dinner (Tim Horton Offset) and wonder into town as there was free techno electric music festival so plonked myself down there and chilled to the music. Tough but another good day. Rest day tomorrow and there is another festival this time aboriginals at the forks as well as electric festival at the old exchange square (talking like a local already) went to bed a tired little bear.

Winnipeg Festival[/caption]



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Old 02-19-2013, 05:01 PM   #22
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Winnipeg, Saturday, 23 June 2012, Day 19

Winnipeg[/caption]

Supposed to be a rest day but I do not seem to be very good at these so was up and out looking for you guessed the nearest Tim Hortonís for breakfast (Should ask them to sponsor me as the number of mention they are getting in this blog) and spent the rest of the day wandering around Winnipeg it was another gorgeous day weather wise.

Winnipeg[/caption]

Headed down to the forks for an aboriginal festival but as I was up an out so early for a Saturday this had not really started so crossed the bridge St Boniface and admired the ruined cathedral (burnt down in the 60ís) and they have left part of the ruins and built another not so grandiose as the old one (guess not so much money around for cathedrals these days) interesting enough.



Went to the Louis Riel museum traitor or hero you decide talked to a very informative young guide in the museum who told me her version of the story and it one of those things on what side of the river or fence French or Brits on what your view is on this very interesting though she was half French and half Anglo so I presumed her tale was unbiased :-)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louis_Riel for those of you like me originally have no idea on what I am whitering on about. Wonder about the Forks for awhile and bumped into French girl who was also staying at the hostel in Thunder Bay and took a nice walk along the river to the legislative building where we where also allowed just to wonder in and about with no escort or controls. I do like the way the Canadian give total access to the public building should be like this everywhere. Been on my feet all day so went back to the hostel for some dinner and then hit the town again back to the aboriginal festival as that should be getting going by now and spent a pleasant evening watching various bands and people watching and just updating this before I go to bed. Have decided to stay another night and go to Lower Fort Garry a historical type museum just out of town and also sorted a route out for Monday which looks interesting to the Saskatchewan border fair old drive but takes in a national park and another Park Canada historical site thanks to the very helpful and friendly people in the Manitoba information centre these place have bee a wealth of information.



And the best buy of the trip a sheepskin for me Bot! love it :-)[/caption]
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Old 02-19-2013, 05:03 PM   #23
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Winnipeg Lower Fort Garry, Sunday, 24 June 2012, Day 20

Lower Fort Gary[/caption]

Looks like I have lost my ability to sleep in or maybe that just living in a shared room environment only 3 of is in a 6 man dorm so you think it would be quite but the first bloke was up at 6 and I final got up at around 8 ish even though I am still tired. Sunny day again and the plan is to go to Canada parks lower fort Garry one of the national historical sites here in Canada about 30km from Winnipeg. Spent a good couple of hours in there as I love these kind of places interactive historic places can tootle around them for ages and this one was especially good.

Lower Fort Garry[/caption]



Headed back into Winnipeg with the intention of grabbing a few art galleries which I thought was free but turned out not to be so wondered round a department store and watched England loose to Italy in the penalty shootout in the television department so England true to form glad I have not been following this as it is not so big over here. Went back to the hostel for a little lie down which was nice as had the place to myself and then cooked myself some dinner Thai Chicken and prawns (I say cooked nuked (microwaved)) and am mucking around with the computer debating on whether or not to go see if I can find another festival or just chill out here. Back on the bike tomorrow.

Winnipeg[/caption]

Went to the electronic music festival which was still going strong great just to chill and watch the folks look like hula hoops are all the range again as that what the in accessory to have along with flashing lights cool :-)

Winnipeg Sculpture[/caption]
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Old 02-19-2013, 05:06 PM   #24
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Winnipeg to Russell, Monday, 25 June 2012, Day 21

More dead straight roads with only grain elevators for interest[/caption]

Up and away and on the road by 9 and back in the saddle again. Most of the journey was dead straight boring roads with not very much with regard to interesting scenery but it was hot and the sun was shining so not all bad. Had the usual run out of petrol scare as usual thought I had more than I actually did and whizzed pass the last petrol thinking there will be one along soon guess what nope so the standard creeping along waiting to see when the engine will cut out I do not know why I keep doing this will be less stressful just to fill up in a timely manner and stop more often but I always seem to screw myself somehow. One short part was vaguely interesting through Riding Mountain National park but that was only 60km out of 600km, which was straight flat, rough roads for the most part and looks like it will be like this till I get across the Prairies.

Grain Escalator[/caption]

Riding Mountain Nat. Park[/caption]

 



Todayís culture was a stop at Elgin grain escalators. In the middle of nowhere 4 old grain escalators and the lad there me a grand tour of the place, as I was one of only 3 visitors that day. Nice break from the bike.

Elgin Grain Elevators[/caption]



Back under canvas tonight a girl in Winnipeg VIC told me about her home town Russell that has a free campsite right in the middle of town (town? one street!) and that is where I am no typing this and watching the sun go down was only me and a Czech bloke called Tad but has filled up with some RVís This is better than some of the paid campsites I have stayed at only problem no showers so may be a bit pongy tomorrow. Think I will head to Saskatoon tomorrow or maybe further and get this dull bit of countryside done and dusted. No hostels or cheap motels that I can find between here and Edmonton so may mean more camping yuk and was looking for places for new tyres and service for the bike and it looks like the last place to do this in Canada is Edmonton cannot find anything further north than this so will have to figure how to do all this and will I need a new set of tyres then it is difficult to guess will definitely need a service as considering the distances I am planning to do what to look after the kit that is going to get me there.

Camping Russell[/caption]
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Old 02-19-2013, 05:08 PM   #25
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Russell to Saskatoon, Tuesday, 26 June 2012, Day 22

the prairies[/caption]

Good night kip got up and it was a bit overcast but still warm slowly broke down my campsite and packed the bike no one around so quite peaceful. Headed to get some breakfast the usual at Timís was a bit hot and sweaty as there was no showers at the free camping so looked a bit worse for wear hit the road was interesting for a short while saw some dear nearly squashed a snake that was crossing the road yuk and the road turned into a straight flat with very little traffic big yawn hard to focus and sticky hot to add to me woes.

Old car for Sale[/caption]

So instead of looking at the scenery start looking at the sky which is excellent and pretty however it is getting darker and darker and then before I know it I am watching a great electrical storm in the distance and the wind is picking me up blowing me all over the road mmmm should I be out in this chap did mention tornado warnings around Saskatoon this morning mmm so what did I do I nailed it trying to stay ahead of the rain its was at the fine line if I was going fast enough then I would not get wet as the speed will dry the rain if it not raining to hard eventually decided to pull over and get the wet weather kit out and continue at a more reasonable rate to Saskatoon no point in taking any unnecessary risk and it was raining that roads had turned greasy and a lot of debris on the road so doodled into town for the last hour.

Dull scenery except for these every now and again[/caption]

Least the weather made the dull route a bit livelier. Headed straight to the tourist info to find some cheap digs was debating on pushing through as weather was crap and I was wet already but they told me of place which was reasonable and as I had a free night last night was feeling a bit more generous with the budget. So headed there booked and had a shower as I was a bit pongy and headed into town as there was yet another festival this time it was a Jazz festival Tuesday so a bit quite. Was there 5 minutes when they shut the place down due to lightning threats in the area so head to the mall to see if I could find a food court for some cheap nosh but this shut at 5.30 so found a small Vietnamese restaurant and had the days special fried beef and prawn with noodles which was good as I had not eaten since breakfast. It was now pissing down outside so not ideal for sightseeing so I headed back to the lodge and got soaked to the skin. Had to get across the river on a bridge that had a footpath on it but as the cars went past you got sprayed and there was no escape as the was no shelter and only way home so was well pissed of but not a lot I could do but laugh like an idiot much to the surprise and amusement of a passer by who was also getting soaked by every passing car. Am now dry and the plan is to go to Edmonton check out a couple of Suzuki dealers to see if they can service my bike and put a couple new tyres on for me not sure if they will need some lead time but I want to check them out before letting them do any work and just looking on the internet does not always give confidence. If they need some lead for the booking the plan is to go and play between Jasper, Banff and Calgary until they are ready for me so plenty of nice countryside to rediscover as I have been here before and liked it.

Sound of Music Saskatoon[/caption]

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Saskatoon to Edmonton, Wednesday, 27 June 2012, Day 23

after the storm[/caption]

Its official I am a bloody idiot what a day feels like I have done 10 rounds with Mike Tyson. Toughest day since I began this trip and this is why. Got up looked out of the window and it looked like it had been raining and was damp so slowly pulled my kit together glad I had not been in the tent last night and went outside to load the bike chatting to a guy about the wind as it was a bit blustery. Me telling him I come from Holland and I used to riding in strong winds blah blah etc. Finally hit the road and have to cross the river same bridge as I had fun with last night and it not just blustery but the wind is quite strong and difficult to stay in my lane oh well onward and forward stop to fill up with petrol have to be careful bike does not blow over and decide to skip breakfast for a bit and see what the weather is going to do still dry but strong winds. Hit the road out of town and within 5 minutes regretting the fact that I had left the safety of Saskatoon and was being blown all over the highway fortunately a 2 lane highway and very little traffic to contend with but the wind was horrendous decide to keep going struggling to get up to 100km an hour and the limit is 110km so for once on this trip on the right side of the law speed wise sanity wise I should not have been out at all. Kept going just trying to get as many km under my belt as possible fighting the bike and the wind all the way stopped looking at my instruments as it was depressing 530km still to go and not reducing at any speed. Then it started to rain so tried to find shelter from the wind so that I could manage the bike and pulled out all my wet weather gear batten downed the hatches and kept moving forward. After about 140km in North Battle ford decided to stop for some food, as I needed some comfort food as I was not a happy bunny as I had been scared shitless for the last couple of hours. So Tim Hortonís for some nourishment. I took some comfort that maybe I not totally mad as I had seen 2 other motorbikes on the road today. Time to hit the road again it was cold wet and windy and I was already knackered but I think the wind had let up a bit or I had just got used to it or I was getting it from an another angle it seem easier not altogether pleasant but doable. Next incident was the usual never a petrol station around when you wanted and I was busting for a pee and a poo (to much info I know but the next bit you will laugh at as it is relevant) did a 10km detour to a 1 horse village and rushed in and asked for the loos and then had a hilarious struggle trying to get my waterproofs, boots and leathers off while trying not to piss and shit myself it was a close call loo covered in bits of wet motorcycle gear which I had to get back into afters. Walk out god knows how long I had been in there that there was a different girl on the till than when I first went in which was a relieve as I had really dashed in like a mad man. Filled up the bike and hit the road again it was now dry and bit warmer and the wind had dropped or maybe I had come oblivious to it. Got to Edmonton just at rush hour, which was quite difficult as there where still strong gust of wind but this time with traffic to contend with. Went straight to Alberta Cycle to see about a service and new tyres for the bike and they told me to come back at 10 tomorrow and he will see if he can fit me in during the day which is excellent if this works as I was expecting not to be able to get anything done so fast. Next to the hostel, which unlike all the others I have been to remarkably, full all they had was a space in a 2-man dorm still reasonable though. Went to get some food and I am know writing this and reflecting on the day just looked at the internet and it says that it was gusting with winds of 25km/hr. currently but had been as high as 50-75 km/hr. bloody hell and there where allegedly a couple of confirmed tornadoes today in the region should have stayed in bed getting to old for this ;-0

No photos today to busy fighting the weather and for the stats guys amongst you on average I am getting 21km per litre of fuel today it dropped to 15km per litre of fuel so not only me that was suffering but the bike had a tough day fighting into the wind as well so some TLC for her tomorrow.
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Old 02-19-2013, 05:12 PM   #27
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Edmonton TLC for the bike, Thursday, 28 June 2012, Day 24

serious TLC for me bike[/caption]

Very domestic day first thing I did was get the bike to Alberta Cycle Edmonton that opened at 10 bit of queue but the guy had spoken to yesterday said I could be served first. Cool. They where not able to do a full service at such short notice and in such a small timeframe but they where able to do a an oil change fix a the tube from my chain lubricator and put on 2 new tyres and it would be ready by 4pm this afternoon so you cannot get much better than that at reasonable prices as well which was a nice surprise. Got the bus back to the hostel which is always exciting in a strange town as you have no idea of the route and only a vague idea of where your stop is missed my by one so a bit extra walk for me. Did my washing and while I was doing this researching routes to Alaska and yet I still do not have a clue. After all my domestics wonder back into town hot sunny day and a big hills to climb found yet another festival but before I could get into this it was nearly 4 so had to go and pick my bike up. The question I need to double check is there anything vitally important needed doing for the bike at the 12,000km service interval the only thing that needs replacing are the plugs but I think I can live with that for a while but need to a double check on the internet for certain.



Picked the bike up and headed back to the hostel for me tea tonight I nuked a lasagne and it 7.30 and I am debating whether or not to drag myself back to the free festival in town or veg in the hostel as I am still very cream crackered. Got itchy feet so will be hitting the road again tomorrow so could be last chance to see Edmonton. Decisions decisions?

Big Thank you today for Mike at Alberta Cycles Edmonton for looking after my bike and me so well at such short notice much appreciated.

Ended up staying and trying to get blogger to work with a dodgy Internet connection, which was a pain. Shame that I did not get to see more of Edmonton but I also need some down time so cannot be out and about all of the time and was good to have a night doing nothing much.

Edmonton[/caption]

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Edmonton to Grande Prairie, Friday, 29 June 2012, Day 25

Camping Grand Prairie[/caption]

Back in the saddle again great day and I have finally reached the Rockies. Got on the road at a reasonable time shame I had not seen more of Edmonton but you cannot do everything and choices need to be made. Had breakfast at Tim Hortonís and hit the road pleasant rolling countryside so looks like I have left the prairies behind and later just coming into Hinton my first sight of the Rockies and I knew I got across the prairies. Hit the road to Grande Cache and it was wonderful winding roads with interesting scenery and finally ended up in Grande Prairie camping again which sounds wonderful except the place is crawling with mosquitoes and the campsite for tents in miles from the loos complex watching the sun going down but not sure how much longer I can stand this as the mossiesí are driving me nuts its only 10 o clock but I may be diving in my tent to escape them!!!

Couldnít stand in any longer so hiding in my tent doing a Sudoku what an exiting life I am leading
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Grande Prairie to Fort Nelson, Saturday, 30 June 2012, Day 26



Surprising thing about sleeping in the tent is how well I actually sleep so did not wake till 9.30 and slepped the miles to the shower complex. It had been raining and was still drizzling a bit so thought I would be packing a wet tent but dried pretty quickly. Showers need a dollar to work which I had but only one as I thought one should be more than enough but halfway through the water switched of and I was still covered in Soap normally you are left with cold water but this one stopped completely and it was miles back to the tent so was well pissed of by now. By the time I hit the road it was 11.30 after I had some breakfast my usual first Tim Hortonís that I hit. The roads where straight and long as I had come out of the Rockies and was in the prairies again I guess the clue is the name of the place I was leaving but soon I hit the British Colombia border and Dawson Creek Milestone 0 of the Alaska Highway the scenery vastly improved.

Right Road ?[/caption]

Got some maps and info at the visitor center so have a better idea on where I am going and I am all existed and cannot wait to hit the road. Cackling and giggling to myself in my helmet Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and now British Colombia at milestone 0 of the Alaska highway have done about 9,000km already and yet it feels like this is just the beginning of the trip. Somebody at the campsite last night said the run from Grande Prairie to Fort Nelson was dull well if that was dull I canít wait for the rest as I was well impressed even when it started to rain about could not dampen my spirits. Gained another hour coming into BC so got to Nelson at about 7pm hard day of more than 600km so first port of call to see if there was any affordable (my budget) non camping options, unfortunately not bugger so found a campsite in town and I am swamped with mossiesí yet again I hate the little feckerís. Brought a little yellow bracelet today, which is supposed to keep them away for 200hrs! Did not work me thinks but what do you expect for 2 bucks. I have just finished a huge Prime Rib dinner with a bake potato that was just what I needed and I charging my computer and updating this. Will go for bit of a walk and see if I can get on the Internet to publish this back at the campsite and see if I can avoid the mosquitos but I think that is doubtful. It is Canada day tomorrow and there is a parade so may hang around for that and then back on the road as the next town is only 600km away!

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