Art and Sue offered to let us stay another night if we wanted, so as we often do, we took them up on their offer. Jesse did some work, we saw some more of Winnipeg, and in the evening Art took us for a tour of the Canadian NORAD headquarters. Since Art is in the Air Force he was able to take us through all those high security doors to show us that room just like you see on TV – you know with all the huge screens on the wall, many desks in a large circle with the title of who the desk belongs to posted above. We greatly enjoyed the tour and the ice cream afterwards to top it all off.
Leaving Winnipeg the next day, we followed Art’s directions to get us out of the city. There was some riding on busy roads but overall we managed just fine – and far better than if we had tried to get through on our own. We took highway 15 out of the city until Elma where we switched to 44. Highway 15 didn’t have shoulders and was a bit busy, but the farther out of the city we got, and after we passed each junction with other highways, the road became quieter. In Elma we stopped at the Spicy Radish. What a great find! One of the best restaurants on the trip, and certainly the best restaurant attached to a gas station. I had the ‘Not your average grilled cheese’ with the borscht soup and both were just perfect.
While we were in the diner we saw two other touerers pull up. I recognized them from their blogs and Jesse confirmed that yes they looked like the New Zealanders! We were just finishing so they were able to take our table (this little cafe was full). We would have more time to chat at the campground that night.
In Rennie we found the Stony Pine campground and it was free for cyclists! It was more of a permanent RV park so we were told to setup on the small grassy area behind the showers. When Neil and Adi arrived we spent the evening chatting in the dining tent belonging to the man in the RV next door who told us we could use it. After being chased by flies all day it was great to have a bug free place to sit and relax!
After many laughs and stories we all said goodnight near midnight. A long day for us, but even longer for the kiwi’s after their 180km day! We have yet to come close to a day that long.