Wednesday June 15, 2011 Day 6: woke up early again, packed up the bike and headed over to the showers in the camp ground. Took a quick shower then hit the road.....but not far...I remembered that I left my soap in the shower and went back. This was the morning sunrise:
I bundled up again, it was around 55 degrees this morning. And of course it started raining, not a lot, but just enough:) At my first stop, after about 100 miles, I grabbed a quick coffee and then hit the road again.
I entered Manitoba and stopped at the first rest stop, which was about 175 miles from the last gas station.
Actually it was an information center with a couple of nice ladies working it. I grabbed a few maps and asked about my route. They said that there was major flooding in the area I was going to travel, but I should be fine. I was going to connect with route 44 to route 6 then route 60. It was supposed to be a scenic route. After a quick lunch of MRE chicken pesto (by the way, was really good), I hit the road again.
As I started up route 44, I began to think about the trip, my time schedule and funds. Back at the camp site I worked out that I was about 2500 miles from Fairbanks and could do it in 4.1 days if I did 600 miles per day. That said I made the decision to stay on the major roads and not take the scenic route. My goal is Prudhoe Bay.......with scenery in canada a far second.
So I turned around and headed for West Trans Canada 1 to Yellow Head Highway (Trans Canada 16 North). Driving through Manitoba I saw a bunch of beaver dams, they are a industrious bunch of animals. Their den’s (if thats what they are called) are pretty big and they can back up streams flooding the area. It was really neat to see.
As I made my way across Manitoba, it was mostly farm land, and very flat. My speed was around 70 or 80 mph. I passed several cars and didn’t see any police the entire length of Trans Canada 16. The gas prices also started to come down. The first stop in Manitoba the price was 1.189 compared to $1.499 at my last stop in Ontario.
I stopped two more times for gas on Route 16 and kept the miles up. Very boring driving, but I had my satellite radio:)
I made it to Saskatchewan
I started looking for camp sites and came to one run by a church. But the sites were all flooded out and I didn’t think it would be a good idea to put up my tent in a puddle.
At my last gas stop, I talked to the kid behind the counter working the register. He pointed me in the right direction to the campsite I am staying at tonight. It’s run by the city of Yorkton.....nice lady in charge of it and only $15 for the night.
I also did a quick walk around of the bike and saw that the tires were begining to “cup” on one side. I checked the tire pressure and saw that they were both at 28 pounds. which is way to low. When I changed the tires I must have mis-read the air gauge and put in too little. I would like them at 40 front and rear. I’ll stop at a gas station tomorrow morning and add air. Hopefully it will correct the tires back to round. The bike did feel a bit wobbly today. I have a tire pump but didn’t feel like digging it out tonight to fill them up.
Tomorrow the plan is another big day of miles, 3 or 4 gas stops, I want over 600 miles.