Day 22, June 25: Brandon to Portage la Prairie, MB

Our mornings are pretty routine by now… the only uncertainty being the weather, which since mid-Alberta has been pretty constant with its overcast skies and wind.  The big decision is should I wear or should I not wear rain gear…  Well today we are breaking from our routine, change is coming with Jon leaving today.   I am dedicating this blog and a heartfelt thanks and good bye to Jon.

Jon

Jon

First thank you Jon for driving out the vehicle (thanks Mike and Larry) and the trailer (thanks Can-Am, Andy) to Vancouver without incident over a seven day schedule. We commenced our ride 0n June 4th and Jon has made everything that Hugh and myself have accomplished to date possible.  He scouts out our campsites, good natured to change depending whether we want to ride further, maintains the SUV, does the shopping each day, all errands, cooks, plays music!  and helps with basically everything that we could ask for and always with a smile. In addition to the ‘teaser’ showcase from yesterday, I am attaching several pieces of art Jon has created from various landmarks and scenic views from our journey.  Not only is it an amazing keepsake to remind us of our ride, the work highlights his skills as an unbelievably accomplished artist.  Jon, the most sincerest thanks from Hugh and myself, it’s been an absolute pleasure journeying with you!

Prairie Barn

Prairie Barn

Salmon Arm

Salmon Arm

Alberta

Alberta

Saskatchewan

Saskatchewan

Lake Superior

Lake Superior

Today’s ride of  126 km seemed more like 162 km, again the result of wind and very difficult road conditions. The bicycle lane today was similar to a newly tarred and graveled road, which has not matured into a smooth surface.  To make things worse, the lane was totally ripped up and had been scraped with gravel…tricky…tricky!  But we made it!

Day22PortagePrairieI am now heading (in SUV, not bike!) to the Winnipeg airport, about 60 km from here, to pick up our good friend Bill Dagneau who has generously offered along with Bill Stensson to drive and help us, through to the middle of July, as we ride our way towards home. We are looking forward to their arrival and I hope they will enjoy taking part in their own journey alongside our ride.

Catch up tomorrow,

Cheers, Sid!

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