Wednesday, 31 July 2013
An informative day was had by all and I found my true career as an actor. Daniel Craig eat your heart out.
We have had to wait for many trains on the trip but each one is worth a picture
and so to the Cypress Hills where there was a massacre of a band of local indians by wolf hunters who had come up from the States. This led to the construction of Fort Walsh that was manned by the Canadian Mounted Police to help protect the local indians, re-establish Canadian sovereignty since the yanks were talking about annexing the area and also to try to get local indian tribes to sign the treaty. For this they would receive an annual payment and also get a Treaty Medal (see below).
Fort Walsh has been reconstructed and there are re-enactment events.
One of the mounties
The re-enactment judge
The RCMP constables.
I played Mary Buckley who had been assaulted by that violent woman!!!
and so we crossed into Alberta and proceeded to Bow Island where we spent the night at the municipal campsite. The area has a large Mennonite population.
Tuesday, 30 July 2013
On leaving Kyle the first place we passed was the town of White Bear.
This was the first mud that we came to and I managed to get through without any help despite sinking the back wheel practically up to the axle.
At the next mud Alex had to rescue Crazy the DRZ440s
On the map these are actually shown as roads but most of the time they are overgrown, deep in mud or not there but you do have a right of way.
Another free ferry across the Saskatchewan River
Riding a motorcycle along deep ruts when you have ATV impaired balance can cause a few problems and allow Crazy to show her acrobatic routine. Though it looks staged she actually landed upside down and managed to stay there without falling over.
and this time it was due to sand in the ruts and at the end of a long day when my attention span was significantly shortening.
This is an antelope but why is it that a deer 30m away from the road gets spooked but will always run across the road about 5m in front of you? It is one of the great mysteries of the world.
We camped at Maple Creek at a very friendly campsite.
Monday, 29 July 2013
|Ryder came with us for the morning. I think that he enjoyed it.|
|We spent a lot of time riding beside irrigation ditches.|
|and a number of roads were still washed out|
So we finished to day at a campsite in the middle of Kyle right next and I mean within 20m of a railway track. I think that it is only used during the harvest to transfer grain etc
Sunday, 28 July 2013
Saturday, 27 July 2013
|About half way through the many kilometres of sand and I did not drop the bike.|
|and yet more water|
|but at least the beavers were happy|
we passed and decided to visit a shrine to Or Lady of Lourdes
|apparently you are expected to confess whilst relieving yourself|
|the ferry at St Lawrence across the Saskatchewan River and the best think about it is that it is free|
|we could have done with a ferry here!!!!|
|we had to take a detour through the Rape Seed (Canola) in order to get round the water|
|in many places the path disappeared|
|and led us into impassable areas|