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Old 07-23-2014, 01:39 PM   #196
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I just noticed......You still have your stitched wind screen!
Yep! I love my Frankenshield!!
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Old 07-23-2014, 02:12 PM   #197
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I just spend two blissful days at a beautiful and free campground half hour north of Mafeking on the lake.
It was just gorgeous and peaceful!

My ride from The Pas was uneventful, and I rode for quite a while. Funny how thoughts pop up in your head if there is nothing to do other than riding, especially if the scenery is really not that captivating.
I've even had total strangers talking to me, and suggesting I write a book about my travels. To me it would just seem like a boring book, but it seems many disagree. Maybe I should take a go at it and see if I can even write anything logical

It was getting late as I had spent way too much time in The Pas, and again I started going down little roads, but nothing felt right to me.
I almost pitched my tent in an acceptable spot, but the mosquitos were bad. I had to pee, and my butt looks horrendous now! I envy guys!!
Somehow I felt that I needed to keep going, that I shouldn't settle for something less than I found so far.
The road all of a sudden got really bad, they were redoing the tar, and had made the sand wet. It was now thick almost hard mud with lots of groves. No fun! Glad it was only a short while.
On the map there was a small icon of a tent way north of Mafeking, and I thought I'd just pay for a campsite and take a shower. When I finally got there I was stunned. It was awesome!!




Not a soul in sight


No idea what flowers these will become


Had a dragonfly land on my sleeve and stayed there for a long time, until I accidentally dropped my camera on him, oops! Was trying to take a really close shot and it slipped out of my hands.

I spend the day dong nothings, like knitting, Finished Spanky's hat, drawing, reading, eating and relaxing. Even though I love riding and seeing beautiful things and surroundings, I love pitching my tent and doing nothing the most.
LOL, probably not something a lot of people do when traveling. Everybody seems to be on the go all the time, it sounds exhausting!

I was debating staying another day at the campground when the crew came to clean the bathroom and mow the yard. I decided that maybe I should just mosey on. One of the crewmen was also a rider, and he gave me some info on routes to take. He shared his cherries with me, which was really sweet. He said he was jeoulous and would love to find himself a girlfriend just like me. I didn't quite know what to say to that!
I told him that he would one day, seemed to be the only thing appropriate.

I took my sweet time and must have gotten another 20 or so mosquito bites. I look like I have contracted the chickenpox!!
Trying not to scratch is quite a challenge!

After having packed up and saying but to the crew i headed for Swan River.
Along the road were tents,


I am guessing these are the beehive tents too, even though they look way different than the other ones in Alberta.



The only bummer right now is the there is no Telus service here in Manitoba!! I looked for one of those cheap go phones at a gas station or supermarket, but I guess it's not as common as in the US.
Looks like I wil be able to have reception once I am north of Winnipeg.

Well, this is all for today folks, till later, I am heading to Duck Mountain….
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You mean "Its Alive"?
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Old 07-26-2014, 12:41 PM   #199
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Of course!!
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I'm in Gimli now, and no, I did not just get eaten by the dwarf! (I think only Lord of the Rings fans will get this joke!)

Anyways, after posting my last RR, I walked back outside to find the heat just blasting me!


Just to show how warm it was, the asphalt was melting!

I headed to Duck Mountain, and hit the dirt fairly soon


It was real easy riding though, nice and solid with not much gravel.
All in all I found the road not too impressive, I had hoped to see more hills and such, but other than a slow incline at times I did not realize I was on a mountain.
The area definitely draws a lot of locals in the summer. There was a huge campground with swimming area in the lake, a playground and such, even a boat ramp.



I didn't stay long as I just wasn't feeling it.
The road through Duck Mountain PP was rather short, and before I knew it I had gone through it.
The last 10 miles or so were freshly grated! I discovered that a certain speed lets you go through that stuff without too much wobble, so I kept plowing on. I've got to get better at riding it!!
One of these days I'd like to ride the Himalayas, and that's really gnarly roads, so I'd better toughen up!!

I stopped at a small gas station on my way east (I think it was in Dauphin) where I got some gas and batteries. I got a shock to find out that in Manitoba the tax is 13% The owner of the gas station, and Indian feller, felt sorry for me, and gave me the batteries for free! Awwwww. We had been talking for a while about my trip and where I was going, and he figured I had to be low on funds.

I kept riding for a while but it was getting darker.
All of a sudden in the corner of my eye, I saw a little gravel road going up and disappearing. I made a quick U-ey and rode up it. It was a gravel pit, or should I say gravel mountain!
I kept riding on the grass around the mountain of gravel and behind it was the perfect camping spot!!



There was a little broken down storage shed or so behind it, with some odds and ends furniture strewn all over the place.
Left and right of the grassy field where barbed wire fences with cows behind them. I felt really safe there so I pitched my tent in the high grass, which is quite a feat really!
I loved my little spot!

I fell asleep in no time and slept really well.
The nice thing about having no time frame is that I can do whatever I want to do, and I didn't want to pack up and move again, so I stayed. Not having shade is a bit of a drag, but that day was really windy, so I sat outside most of the day (and got sunburned) and relaxed.

As I am rather trigger-happy as far as the camera is concerned and decided to snoop around and see what I could find that might be picture worthy.
It's amazing the wealth of beauty one can find in a wild grassy field!















It's funny how I am so used to seeing things at large, but really looking into the little things in life, the things not seen unless really looking, those things are just as amazing as the highest mountain tops and the biggest lakes.
There is so much beauty in the small things, not only that, but every little thing, be it a bug or a small flower, it feels as if I've discovered something never seen by anyone else. Which is both true and silly. Of course people have seen a grasshopper or a nettle flower, but it is also true that nobody will have seen that particular one!
So I really enjoy looking at the world up close, as well as from far away.

I spend a really blissful day there and was ready for another day on the road the next morning when I woke up.
It was drizzling a little so I took my time packing. After a little while the tent dried (there was lots of wind) and the sun came out.
Once back on the road I headed East again. I needed a shower (baby wipes help, but not where your hair is concerned).


As I was riding through Manitoba Narrows, I saw a touristy spot with a store and a huge camping area.
I stopped in the store and asked the guy there if there was a laundromat, and the owner of the store let me use the one in the camp ground.
The washing machine was only a loony and a half!!! Awesome, but best of all, there was a shower in the ladies bathroom!!
And not a coin one, just a normal shower. Yippee!!! I tossed my dirty clothes in the machine and took a nice leisurely shower!! Once clean I scrubbed my jacket, as it was no longer high vis yellow!!!
I spent a long time there, as the dryer did not work too del, and required more coins than the washing machine did.
Still at around 5 my jacket, mu clothes and I were clean!
I had also purchased a bunch of snacks at the store while waiting, so that way I felt I gave them at least some of my money
I hit the road again and was aiming for lake Winnepeg.

As I got to the lake I realized that this might not have been a bright idea. This was a very touristy and populated area!
I wnt on some dirt roads leading to the lake, but there were no camping signs everywhere!
At one spot I stopped to take a picture, it was beautiful there



I walked through the grass to take another shot, and got assaulted by bugs!!!

I closed my helmet really quickly as I didn't want them in my face.
You can imagine how fast I got out of there!!

I stopped at one camp ground, but it was expensive and too crowded. I didn't realize that it was Friday…..
As I kept going south on 222 toward Gimli I noticed another sign saying Camp Morton Provincial park.
Turns out that the office was back 2 km, and already closed as it was late.
I stopped to ask someone how much the camp ground was, and was told $17. I decided to just stay there.
But now I faced the question where to stay, as the list of sites still available was from the day before.

I got really lucky then, as campsites 9-12 were already taken by a big family gathering, but 9 was still empty as those friends never made it. I was offered to take their spot!
That was so sweet.
Kate made a run to Sobeys and asked if anyone needed something.
I asked if she could pick me up some tofu, and handed her some money.


I pitched my tent and made some dinner.


Fran is the gal who offered the spot to me (in orange shirt), and Kate is the young girl to the left.
Later on we all played a dominoes game (involving trains) It was cool, and I won the second game (beginners luck I guess).


Thousands of dragon flies hovering in the night sky


close up of a bug, the same kind that were on my helmet earlier. Fran told me they only live 24 hrs and don't have a mouth!
Now what would the purpose of their lives be? To live and not eat? Are they only some other bugs food? Very odd!

I went to bed around 11 but had a tough time ring to sleep as a girl started screaming at the top of her lungs, and her dad was cussing at her telling her to stop.
Then he hopped in the truck and left!!!! She screamed even louder for about half an hour. I felt like calling the cops, but had no cell phone reception. She fell asleep after a while, and the dad returned.
I think she was mentally challenged, as her sounds were high pitched and didn't sound like a language at all, as if she couldn't talk.
Still, what a way for a dad to react to a situation like that! (I am guessing it was a dad, if it was a nurse or so, or camp leader, well, I'd have his ass fired!!!)
After she quieted down (it was midnight by then, some campers showed up and pitched their tent next to mine, making a lot of noise and then decided to make a fire and drink.
I put some earplugs in and went to sleep!

Today I decided to go into town and find some internet.
I headed to Gimli (which is really a touristy place) and took a bunch of pictures.






This one was definitely my favorite!

There was a little tent site with booths selling all kinds of stuff
This one made me laugh!!!



Hopefully tonight will be quieter, and tomorrow I'm heading to Sellkirk, as I have been told it has a health food store.
Afterward Ontario!!
Yep I am getting closer to Labrador!!

Before I end, I want to say (again) to John S (Arrghhh can't remember who you are on here ) thank you soooo much for another donation. You are spoiling me!! Glad to know that I'll definitely make it to Labrador now, it will fill my tank quite a few times!
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Old 07-26-2014, 02:28 PM   #201
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Your little short-lived bugs are mayflies, Esther, and they're fish food, generally. See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mayfly

Apparently, there are a lot of 'em this year.

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This July 20, 2014 photo provided by the National Weather Service in LaCrosse, Wis., shows a massive swarm of mayflies captured on radar as they emerge from the Mississippi River and drift north with the wind. A NOAA spokesman says they know the images show insects when the swarm appears over the river with no warning, but they don’t know what kind of bug it is until people start calling _ mayflies in this case. (AP Photo/National Weather Service)The Associated Press
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Your little short-lived bugs are mayflies, Esther, and they're fish food, generally.
Thanks Garfey! Fran had told me what they were, but I'd forgotten their name.
Still, to live and only be fish food, seems rather strange.
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Old 07-27-2014, 06:39 PM   #204
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I didn't get very far today
Fran and Rick invited me to stay at their place for a night and get a shower etc.
I figured as I still have a ways before it's mid August (trying to meet up with Jettn Jim in Quebec at some point) I would be able to just take my time.


There was a little trail to the beach from the campground


The beach itself was very pretty and the sand soft. In Hawaii the beach is more grainy because of all the small coral pieces.

The gang was having fun while cooking dinner, one of the things was making little animals


I made the giraffe!! It's like lego's, but the legs and neck are little plastic strips you fold into a triangle lengthways

The clouds turned very dark, and before I knew it rain came down hard!!! We all huddled under the motorhome awning, but that didn't do much good.
I crawled back into my tent as soon as it eased off a bit and grabbed my Nook to read.
It was a stormy night, and the lake sounded like a rough ocean with the waves crashing on the shore.
I have to admit that I missed that sound!!! It was so soothing to hear, but the wind on top of that was pretty deafening.
I slept like a log!! (always do when it's stormy) and woke up fairly early.

Was packed up and out of there by 10
The ride to their house was short but it was a nice ride along the coast line



I got myself situated in the camper, which is awesome ( a little home to myself) and went to the local market with Fran.
There were little craft, and produce booths. It wasn't a large market and we didn't spend much time there, but it was neat meeting some local folks.
When we got back to the house Fran took me for a walk around the yard


I can't help it, I just love Lilies!!






Doesn't that look like a little bitty cauliflower in the center??

Then Fran and I went for a short ATV ride around the property.


A genetically correct tin man hanging from a tree, I think his name was Wilson?? LOL


I loved this old stove. I bet cooking on this thing was pretty easy, but I'm guessing your legs would get pretty hot while standing there stirring away.


You can't tell by the photo, but the little pansy is not bigger than your thumbnail!!

I can take my time tomorrow, as I will be visiting an Earth house at noon.
Rick and I got to talking about houses and I told him I really wanted a Hobbit home. He then mentioned there being one only a few miles away, where he did the Electrical wiring.
The home is off the grid, and only has solar for electric and windows for heating in the winter.
Can't wait to see it!!
After that I'm heading toward Sellkirk, where there is a health food store. Running low on Tasty Bites again!
I can't believe how close I am getting to Quebec and Labrador!!
Still, Ontario and Quebec are pretty huge!!
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Old 07-27-2014, 11:06 PM   #205
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Thanks Garfey! Fran had told me what they were, but I'd forgotten their name.
Still, to live and only be fish food, seems rather strange.
They are a lesson to us... their lives are only 24hrs... to us.

To a tree or rock our lives... probably seem about the same.







LIVE IN THE NOW!!! WoooHooo
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They are a lesson to us... their lives are only 24hrs... to us.
To a tree or rock our lives... probably seem about the same.

LIVE IN THE NOW!!! WoooHooo
Love that analogy JJ

Esther Hope we will be home by the time you drive through Dryden Ontario. We are on our own trip and expect to be home by Thursday or Friday. If you come through after that you have a place to crash for the night.

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Love that analogy JJ

Esther Hope we will be home by the time you drive through Dryden Ontario. We are on our own trip and expect to be home by Thursday or Friday. If you come through after that you have a place to crash for the night.

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LIVE IN THE NOW!!! WoooHooo
Yep, if my travels have taught me anything it is the ability (albeit only occasionally) to live in the now.
I'm getting better at it though
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I'm in Kenora Ontario right now after an eventful yesterday

Slept in as I had some trouble with mosquitos during the night, LOL, pesky little buggers!
Fran had made some fried green tomatoes in the morning, I had to think of that movie. She cooks outside in the summer so the house doesn't heat up so much. Quite clever! It tasted really good!
Around noon we left to go see the earth house.
It was really close by, which makes it double so funny that I had even mentioned what my future house would look like.
As we turned into their driveway other than their sheds, you could only see a big grassy hill, and an antenna



As we walked around the other side the front of the building came into view


As you can see, it is still a work in progress as they are doing everything their selves (other than the electric) That's Rick in the foreground
The dogs heard us coming and we hoped that we hadn't woken up the baby.


Once you walked into the covered "porch" area, you could feel how hot is was in there. In the winter that would be wonderful!

If it got too hot, there were vents in the ceiling you could open up


A very huge Hibiscus

I didn't take too many pics as I felt it was a little too intrusive. The house was very nice, but there were things I would not do in my place, like a concrete floor.
I'm sticking with my dome plan so far, and other than the dome being built out of three layers of brick with tar in between the layers, and the 4 support walls out of brick, everything else in the house will be out of wood.
It's good to dream right???

I said goodbye to the young woman who showed us the place, to Fran and Rick, and rode toward Selkirk.
As I arrived I happened to see a Safeway there, I decided to stop (gut feeling) and see if by any chance they sold Tasty Bites. The health food store Grandma Carol's didn't.
They didn't have Tasty Bite, but they did have lots of other similar meals


I was in heaven!!

They also had a RedBox, and after a quick google, Yep I had reception again, I found out that Kenora also had a RedBox.
I got two movies, one of them "Winter's Tale" and looked forward to a nice movie night in my tent

I bumped into Fran and Rick again, and told them I had found what I had been looking for.
Finally I hit the road again.
The scenery changed, and no longer was I only on straight roads, there were actually some curves here and there!!


I found an awesome spot at the lake and I had just finished pitching my tent, when an official looking truck appeared……

Crap! I walked up to the rangers and said, it's okay to camp here right??
Both their heads shook no. LOL
We got to talking and asked them where a good legal spot would be. Of course they mentioned the obnoxiously loud and full campground in town, but I told them that there was no way I would ever be able to fall asleep there, and that I was looking for some wilderness camping.
The guy told me that for a "more personalized experience" I could continue for another 14 kilometers and be out of the park, where there were dirt roads that I could go on and camp. LOL, I had to laugh about his phrasing.
I told them I'd be finished in half an hour and they said okay.

It took me indeed half an hour to pack back up, and I was soaked through by that time as it was really hot, in the nineties!


Once back on the road it was only a few kilometers to get into Ontario!! 14 km??? The guy was a tad off.
I kept riding for a while until a dirt road beckoned me. I swung on it and in no time got to a nice cozy spot


There was a sandy track that looked like some ATVs had been riding on.

I had my tent up in a jiffy, eager to try out my new meals and kicking back watching a movie.


Looked like I had parked myself smack-dab in the middle of a huge blueberry field!!
Hmmmm, bears might definitely be around!!

The new food was very spicy!! Had to add a few raisins in the meal and eat some chocolate afterward to quench the burning!! LOL
I packed up all my food, and crawled in the tent to watch my movies. It was heavenly!!
I slept great and woke up around 8.
It's weird, years ago I was a bit of a Keanu Reeves fan, and for some odd reason the last week or so he's been in my dreams.
Then it dawned on me this morning that he grew in Ontario. LOL, what the subconscious mind doesn't drag up in ones dreams!!!

A shot from the other side

I was out of there by 10 and headed to Kenora to return the movies to RedBox.


I was really enjoying the few curves here and there




As I rode into Kenora I noticed a huge white tent in the distance, not sure what it was.
I found the tourist info and got myself a map of Ontario.
Ha, Dryden was like a stone's throw away. Oh well, I guess I won't be meeting DrydenRider54, as he is out of town till Thursday, unless I find some awesome spot to hang out for a couple of days.
I found Safeway and returned the DVDs. I also found aMcD and used their internet. Too bad hardly any of them have electric plugs, so I hope it will be sunny so I can charge my laptop again.
It's almost three and I'm going to hit the road again, but not before saying Thank you sooooo much Geoffrey for putting quite a few full tanks into my Paypal account!!
I'm pretty sure that now I'll actually make it to Newfoundland!!
I'm so glad for everyone's help, you are all making my dream come true!
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As I arrived I happened to see a Safeway there, I decided to stop (gut feeling) and see if by any chance they sold Tasty Bites. The health food store Grandma Carol's didn't.
They didn't have Tasty Bite, but they did have lots of other similar meals

They look delicious! I'm already drooling
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