Thunder Bay, ON to Winnipeg, ON
Early start and I think I was one of the first out the door. Fairly cool so I left on my warm weather gear from yesterday. I saw a one-man tent set up with a bicycle leaning against it in a ditch just as I exited the city.
Right away out of Thunder Bay I didn't stop for gas so I had to cross my fingers that I could find something. Found it at Upsala a kind of an out of the way place that caters to fisherman and people looking for a quiet place to bury bodies.
Two fisherman approached me in the parking lot. I'm going to assume that they were fisherman as they were carrying live bait and asked a few questions about the scooter. They were from Wisconsin and it was then I realized that I hadn't seen a US place for 2-3 days now. Even though the border isn't that far away.
Got my first pilot car to day outside of Ignace. It only looks like a small section of the road needs to be repaired but the amount of equipment and material that is there looks like there going to be there all summer.
Pulled into Kenora for gas and a quick bite to eat. As I was following traffic in I noticed that the mini van in front of me was from Florida! Kenora in the middle of nowhere has a 3-D theater. Playing 'San Andreas' this week
There were quite a few cross country bicyclists out on the road going both directions.
I got quite by surprise at the Manitoba border for two reasons; I thought the border was further down the road and I though that Saskatchewan was next! My bad.
The wind started to pick up closer to Winnipeg that you get. At times it was pretty brutal. Closer and closer and the land becomes flatter and flatter reminding me of the West in the US.
I pulled over to the side of the road take off my inner liner for the jacket outside of Winnipeg as it was so hot. As I was on the side of the road a van pulled over. It ended up being Len Telewiak from Winnipeg. We talked about the trip I was on, the trips he had made, etc. Great guy for stopping. In the end he gave me his email address and phone number. If I had any issues while in the area give him a call. Fantastic!
In Winnipeg I pulled over to look at something off the road and when I got back on the road the GPS wanted to take me to a different route. Again, I let technology take me down the rabbit hole. Eventually after a fight I ended up on 1 West. My next turn was a left in 545 miles!
I was in the city center and it was stop and go traffic. Most of the lights are camera monitored so I'm probably going to have to give up my license at the Alaskan border.
Finally I gave up and pulled into a Motel 6. Just a little bit less than $150 for the room. I caved and stayed.