Day 95: Plunkett to Foam Lake

After a rest day in Plunkett spent relaxing in the healing waters of Lake Manitou in the spa pool, and visiting the town of Watrous we were ready for the day. We got bit of a head start today when our ride off the dirt road from the farm was extended a bit farther and Lidna and Gary took us farther down the road. We were able to enjoy a bit more time together and grab a drink before we set off for the day.

The ride was easy to Foam Lake and the wind was strong enough to keep us cool in the sun. We arrived to the campsite fairly early, setup while being chased by mosquitoes, then returned to the visitor check in area to sit in a more mosquito free area. The camp and information center host let us know where was good for food in town, so we went to Willy’s Pub on his recommendation where we spent a few hours of the evening.

Day 93: Saskatoon to Plunkett

When Jesse checked his email this morning he read one from his cousin Carmen saying we were welcome to use her apartment for the afternoon and she could drive us to her parents farm in the evening – which was where we going to stay the night. We quickly accepted which gave us much more time to finish all the chores we had to do (which was quite a few, as often is the case in the larger cities).

We rode around the city visiting outdoor stores, grocery stores, pharmacies and the university to meet Carmen. Carmen gave us her apartment keys so we were able to relax a bit before she got off work and we all went to the farm. It was a very hot day, the hottest one we’ve experienced so far, so we were happy to not have a strenuous ride ahead of us.

With Gary, Linda and Carmen
With Gary, Linda and Carmen
At the farm we met with Carmen’s parents. Linda (Jesse’s dad’s cousin) was waiting for us and after a chatting and a great dinner we went to retrieve Gary from the field who was busy spraying the crops and avoiding the hot afternoon sun. After a late evening of chatting and going through photo albums we were happy to sleep in the cool basement.

Day 92: Rosetown to Saskatoon

A clear blue and hot sky greeted us this morning. We had a full days ride to Saskatoon so there was no escaping the heat. With full water bottles we started the ride. We passed a few towns but they had no services so it wasn’t for 75km that we were able to stop and have a cold drink. In Deslile at the gas station there was also a barbecue raising money for the charity. Jesse had a burger and we spent the next hour or so talking to some of the people there. We were able to hide in some shade and relax for a bit.

In Saskatoon we found the Gordon Howe campground which also had a decent grocery in it, so we bought perogies and were able to make dinner and have an early night – listening to the Canada Day fireworks not too far away but still across the river from the campground.