Day 21: Carberry to Portage la Prairie 78km
Monday, May 21 – Victoria Day
Sunny and warm with a south wind. 26C
Our beds at the Robin’s Nest motel were surprisingly comfortable so we didn’t get up as early as we’d planned. Hoping to beat the heat, by the time we ate our cereal and hit the road it was almost 9 o’clock. Like yesterday, the south wind almost seemed like a headwind although it was really another crosswind. We also encountered a few gentle hills on our ride today which broke the otherwise flat monotony.
The kilometres didn’t come easy today and break by break and snack by snack we inched our way across the map. Shade was hard to come by. We contemplated stopping underneath this lonely big tree, however the grave marker and it’s proximity to the busy highway changed our minds.
After almost 4 hours of toiling along we arrived in Portage. Being a holiday today we weren’t sure if the grocery stores would be open but alas they were and we were excited. After hunkering down at the motel restaurant yesterday we were eager to fix one of our juicy jumbo salads for dinner. The walk to the grocery store in the hot sun was the last thing we wanted to do, but it was so worth it once dinner was served.