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Day 2 - Cross Canada Ride - Hannah, Ab. to Birch Hills, Sask

sunny 23 °C

I left Hannah at 6:45 a.m. MDT and headed east towards the Saskatchewan border. Another day of blue skies and most importantly, no prairie wind to speak of. I had a typical motel breakfast at the Super 8 which tasted prettly good considering the lousy dinner last night.

Thanks to on-line highway reports, I have been able to avoid a lot of construction zones. The weather here on the prairies has been very wet this year. There is standing water almost everywhere you look. The forecast is for horrific infestations of mosquitos when the high water recedes and the sun starts to shine.

I stopped in Kindersley, Saskatchewan for gas and phoned my buddy Bruce in Birch Hills. He rode out to meet me in Saskatoon. After lunch at Denny's we headed north to Prince Albert then about 32 kms east to his old home town of Birch Hills. As I mentioned, Bruce in visiting Birch Hills to help his brother, Lyall, build a house there. Lyall is retiring and moving back to Birch Hills. Bruce's older brother, Dwayne lives in Birch Hills with his wife Mary.

I slept the night at a house that Lyall has bought for an investment and is in the process of renovating for renting. Dwayne has a home on a quarter-section of land about 5 kms east of town. The house sits on a hillside overlooking the prairie below. In a word, it is beautiful. Dwayne and Mary are gracious hosts and in true Saskatchewan style, they make you feel right at home. Apparently the sunsets are spectacular from their patio but tonight's was a "dud".

Tomorrow (Friday, June 24) Bruce is going to give me a tour of his old boyhood home. I can certainly see how Bruce remains attached to Birch Hills.

Milage today 647 kms.

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From Kelowna to Newfoundland and Back

sunny 25 °C

Day One - Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

Well..... the big day has finally arrived. After months of planning, I departed Kelowna this morning at 6:05 am, under crystal clear skies. Perfect weather for this long-desired ride across our great country. I plan to be away for 5 to 6 weeks, hitting every province in Canada. The goal is to ride to Cape Spear in Newfoundland, which is the most easterly point of land in North America. Along the way I will be spending Canada Day in Ottawa then on the Quebec City for a couple of days. After Q.C., there will be no definite plan other than the goal of Cape Spear. I will "make-it-up" as I go along.

For those who aren't familiar with my bike, I'm riding a 2008 Honda Goldwing which I purchased new in December 2008.. The engine size in 1800+CC. It's equipped with all the creature comforts that make it one of the best touring bikes made. Features include, AM/FM Radio, I-Pod connection, cruise control, heated seats, heated grips, CB Radio (although I'm riding alone most of the time and won't have anyone to communicate with.)

The ride up the Okanagan Valley on Hwy 97 this morning was beautiful. Cool at that time of the morning but very refreshing. I don't like riding the Trans Canada Highway when I go east but this morning was a surprise. There was very little traffic, although it seemed like one big construction zone all the way from Sicamous to Banff. I left the TCH just east of Canmore and rode the Bow Valley Parkway through Cochrane and then east to Airdrie. I'm overnighting in the Super 8 in beautiful downtown Hanna, Alberta.

I had probably the worst meal of my life in the restaurant in front of the hotel. It was so bad I couldn't eat a third of it. When the waitress asked if I wanted a doggie bag, I told her that my dog wouldn't eat it. So.... they let me go without paying. Hey...... I think I've found a way to minimize the budget on this trip!! Honest.... I don't think I've ever done that before. My old friend Brian Tuckey would be proud of me tonight. I filled the garbage pail from my hotel room with water and washed the bugs off the Wing. Man they grow bugs big here !!

I had hoped to add some photos to this blog but the WIFI in my room isn't strong enough. I'm using the computer in the lobby to create this page. So it will just be text tonight.

Tomorrow, I will leave Hanna and head into Saskatchewan. I'm hoping I don't run into any of the flooding that's been plaguing the prairies. The road reports don't mention any problems in the direction I'm going. I'm going to meet-up with my good friend, Bruce Mohn (from Maple Ridge, B.C.), who is in his old home town of Birch Hills, helping his brother build a house. I'll spent Friday there then head further east on Saturday.

I hope you enjoy following me on my journey.

Mileage today - 843 km. The bikes running beautifully.


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