Thursday, June 20, 2019

Thunder Bay Ontario to Winnipeg Manitoba

We were only looking at 450 miles to Winnipeg today and we would gain an hour as we crossed into the Central Time Zone, so there was no big rush to hit the road. We had breakfast at the hotel (just continental this time) and then Sandy and Jan walked a few laps around the parking lot. Fitness was on Sandy's agenda after Maggie Valley. It should have been on mine, too.

The sky was blue with no clouds and the temperature was in the mid 50's as we got away about 9:00 AM. After fueling up, we followed Highway 102 to Highway 17 West. The Trans Canada had a whole lot of nothing, even by Northern Ontario standards.

Upsala Ontario

The General Store was the only establishment in Upsala other than the gas station

The cell tower appeared to be Rogers since I only had emergency service

Empty Road

More almost empty road

The turnoff to Pickle Lake in the distance

Traffic was light at first but things got busier around Ignace. There were a lot of semi's and then we started to encounter construction zones. Single lane bridges and roads were quite frequent as it seemed the province was working hard to improve the infrastructure. Along the way, the clocks in the car and GPS automatically moved themselves back an hour as we crossed into the Central Time Zone.

The thriving community of Ignace Ontario

The hook on this slow moving crane was not secured

The OPP caught a car that had blown by us

Lots of log trucks

Major construction

A tower on the move

More road work

And still more

This was probably a peaceful place before they built the highway

Sandy's camera batteries died. Her Nikon uses four AA cells but we had forgotten the battery box (the container we carry spare batteries of various sizes in) at home. She used my Canon Rebel for a while but complained it was too heavy so we decided to stop at the first opportunity and buy some new batteries for her. The first opportunity was Dryden, a surprisingly busy place.

Sandy had some gift cards for Home Hardware and, sure enough, there was one right there on the main drag. We bought both AA and AAA batteries since I expected my voice recorder would need some soon. Then we went next door to the Patricia Inn Restaurant for lunch. Sandy and I each had a BLT on whole wheat and beef noodle soup while Jan had a veggie quesadilla. Then the three of us split a hot apple crumble with ice cream.

Welcome to Dryden

Home Hardware is everywhere

The Patricia Inn - Dryden Ontario

The food at the Patricia Inn was good

Highway 17 - The Trans Canada - Dryden Ontario

We fueled at a Mobil before leaving Dryden just after 1:00 PM Central Time. Traffic picked up and construction still went on all the way to the Manitoba border. We bypassed Kenora on Highway 17 A.

Traffic got busier even if this does not show it

The Winnipeg River flowing from Lake of the Woods to Lake Winnipeg

Sandy missed getting a picture of the Welcome to Manitoba sign. The biggest changes were a four lane highway, a 100 KPH speed limit and a $1.099 per liter gas sign ($1.30 minimum in Ontario). There was a large stretch of highway being shaved and paved on the westbound side and I hoped the eastbound would be better next week.

We stopped at a rest area and I spoke to a biker who said the riding was hot (it was 82 F) and the dirt stretches were rugged. He left Winnipeg this morning and rode south into Minnesota before swinging around through Kenora to return home. His day would be about 500 miles. I didn't get a good look at his bike until after he passed me further down the road. Then I realized he was riding a Kawasaki Vulcan Nomad and kicked myself because he might have been VROC.

This might be an interesting stop

I need to bring my golf sticks once in  a while

After paving

We were bypassing Winnipeg to the south when some dark clouds started to spit rain. It was also rush hour and one traffic light had a line backed up for over a kilometer. Still, we made it to the Super 8 Winnipeg West without incident.

Some dark clouds are dotting the sky

Winnipeg bypass

Rush hour lineups

This was quite the atypical Super 8. We thought it must have been something else before because it had a hot tub, an elevator, a hot breakfast and 24 hour manned front desk. It even had special motorcycle parking. We took our things up to the room and, as some raindrops fell, we set out looking for supper.

Motorcycle parking - how cool is that?

The Hat Trick Sports Bar was right next door. It also had a lot of VLT machines, sort of like an almost casino. We found a table in the corner, one of three, and a young lady brought us menus. Jan had a glass of wine and, because we were walking, I had a Jim Beam that turned into two. I had a Reuben sandwich and Caesar salad that hit the spot while Sandy and Jan split a Beyond Meat burger and a salad.

Toasting a successful trip so far

After supper, Jan decided to try her hand at a VLT machine because she had never tried one before. She fed it $10.00 and, after some ups and downs, it said she had $10.25 to her credit. She took that as a win and cashed out pocketing the two bits profit.

How does this work???

We returned to the hotel where I did the usual jobs while the ladies watched TV. Then we turned out the lights. Tomorrow, we will get to Jan's Place on Fishing Lake, Saskatchewan.

Is this legal?

Today's Route (449 Equinox miles):

1 comment:

Linda G. said...

Have you ever used rechargeable AA or AAA batteries? I use rechargeable AA batteries for my external camera flashes.