Winnipeg to Russell, Monday, 25 June 2012, Day 21

More dead straight roads with only grain elevators for interest

Up and away and on the road by 9am and back in the saddle again. Most of the journey was on dead straight boring roads with not very much with regard to interesting scenery but it was hot and the sun was shining so not all bad. I had the usual run out of petrol scare as usual I thought I had more than I actually did and I whizzed pass the last petrol thinking there will be one along soon guess what nope so back to the standard creeping along and waiting to see when the engine will cut out I do not know why I keep doing this as it would be less stressful just to fill up in a timely manner and stop more often but I always seem to screw myself somehow. One short part was vaguely interesting through Riding Mountain National park but that was only 60km out of 600km, the rest of which was straight flat, rough roads for the most part and it looks like it will be like this until I get across the Prairies 😦

Grain Escalator

Riding Mountain Nat. Park

Today’s culture was a stop at Elgin grain escalators. In the middle of nowhere 4 old grain escalators and the lad there gave me a grand tour of the place, as I was one of only 3 visitors that day. Nice break from the bike.

Elgin Grain Elevators



I am back under canvas again tonight a girl in Winnipeg VIC told me about her home town Russell that has a free campsite right in the middle of town (town? one street!) and that is where I am now typing this and watching the sun go down as it is only me and a Czech bloke called Tad here but it has slowly filled up with some RV’s This is better than some of the paid campsites I have stayed at only problem no showers so I may be a bit pongy tomorrow. I think I will head to Saskatoon tomorrow or maybe further and get this dull bit of countryside done and dusted. No hostels or cheap motels that I can find between here and Edmonton so this may mean more camping yuk and I was looking for places to buy new tyres and a service for the bike and it looks like the last place to do this in Canada is Edmonton as I cannot find anything further north than this so I will have to figure how to do all this and will I need a new set of tyres then it is difficult to judge I will definitely need a service as considering the distances I am planning to do I need to look after the kit that is going to get me there.

Camping Russell


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