Arrived here last night and after meet my host and various family members and had a lovely BBQ outside. Then it finally rained but only for a short time. Kaitlin and her sister took me out to the Comedy Club to see 12 finalist competing for 3 slots in Toronto later this year. It was a good night. As I sat at the table I watched at the near table seemed to have what I thought was strawberry or raspberry jam but it turns out it was cocktails served in moonshine jars to you and I it was drinking out of a jam jar but it was really good. As we drove home I was surprised to see so many deer in the city and housing areas and I’m not talking small deer. KaItlin told me she once had a stag head butting her house obviously didn’t like her paint work or something. I also asked why most people have a plug hanging from the grill of their cars. This is to plug in to stop oil etc freezing when it gets -35 in the winter. They have sockets all over the town and at parking bays etc you could plug your hairdryer in if you wanted!!!! Mind you there’s a thought going out in your pjs to dry your hair to save electricity. Also down town they had a pole with evey kind of plug so you can charge your mobile phone neat little idea I thought.
Kaitlin gets up really early to go to work but when I got up she had baked me some home made muffins what a star glorious breakfast with my cuppa tea what a way to start the day.
I had to go shopping for more cycling shorts today as the others are getting washed to death so instead of cycling I decided to investigate the city by bus and foot for a change. Armed with the knowledge that no 66 would take me downtown I was set. The city at the current time is very busy with people in for the women’s Fifa World Cup. I believe it is hosting Germany, USA. Sweden and possible Japan. I know Carsten my German friend is having difficult finding some where to stay but found out there is a backpackers hostel down town but the Youth Hostel has not opened for the season yet. I bumped into some German fans a husband and wife who pointed me in the direction of the Forks beside the river Kaitlin said it was worth checking out.
They have build a new building for Canadian Human Rights and it looked very impressive.
All along the riverside is some great bits of interesting stone work. This place is where the Indians use to gather years ago where the 2 rivers meet. The Assiniboine and The Red River.
Also they had the most amazing food market hall that was like Covent Garden but much large that’s where I had lunch and chatted to lovely old ladies who asked about my trip. Everyone has been so friendly and if you get lost always someone will stop and ask if th eye can help you.
All old railway carriage on display.
The new railway freight running straight through downtown Winnipeg.
I really liked downtown the tower on the building above has a revolving restaurant
This is the new footbridge with restaurant which Kaitlin informs me they decided to build on the the bridge but they realised that the waste and water would have to be run along under the bridge and in the winter as it goes to-35 they had to lay better pipes etc to stop freezing this is now why they call them the million dollar toilets!!!! Oh so someone was thinking in the planning stage. All in all it was a good day in the city, when I was getting my cycling shorts from the MEC I saw this and thought anything that helps ward off bears is good so my 2cdn purchase, needless to say my hubby just laughed I’ll be like tinkerbell going through the woods now…
What every respectable cyclist should have !!!!!!!!!
One thing before I go these mosquito can bite you even through your clothing tomorrow I’m covering myself in Watkins before I venture forth. My body is suffering from many bites in funny places but enough of that peeps.
I hit the road tomorrow and by Wednesday should then be coming into the Canadian Shield and a new Province Ontario the largest and the one that will take the longest so hold on to your hats folks.