We have had to make some compromises on this trip. The first one was not to follow the Transcanada Trail. The Trail, in BC, is cobbled together from 120 existing trails, which you can download (and get an extra trailer for the paperwork). The distance is also about twice that of following the major highways. The Trail has a nasty reputation in terms of the lack of services and was not an option early as the overnight temps were below zero.So we did what we did, up the Fraser Canyon, across to Revelstoke, down the Kootenay valley to the nr. 3, across the Crow and joined the TransCanada Highway in Swift Current. We just made it out of Saskatchewan before renewed rains made many roads, including the TCan, impassable. Another compromise was made a few days ago. Cross- and headwinds, in addition to rain, have been the story thusfar and averages then drop to about 17 km per hour, making for long days and lots of effort. We made the decision, once we arrived in Winnipeg after another Easterly windy day, and after the forecast called for 50 km easterlies the next day, to explore other options and decided to board the VIA train to Sudbury. We arrived last night at 02:00, put the bikes back together, rode to the nearest Tim Hortons in the pitchdark and waited there until we could reasonably expect to be let into a motel room. That happened at 09:30 this morning, a little past Sudbury. Slept 4 hours, did some shopping and will start for Huntsville and Ottawa tomorrow. The other consideration for taking the train was safety. The TCan past Kenora is single lane with a small shoulder and we have spoken to two people who have been hit by trucks. These are the ones who lived to tell. There are also long stretches without services and the prospect of spending ten hours+ in the saddle for days on end was a little much. Yes, it's cheating, but it ceased being fun. We could have taken the US route, but prefer to leave our money in Canada, until the paranoia in the US subsides a little. We have no stomach for the 3rd degree at the border.
Brigitte purchased a brace in Moose Jaw for what was suspected to be carpal tunnel syndrome and now her wrist feels a lot better. Met up with bikers John (trailer) and later Alain (saddle bags), from France, and a chap in the W'peg train station who had given up beating his brains out against the winds just underneath Saskatoon.
|Someone who did not make it!!!|