I was following along on your IG, happy to see that you posted here with 
details.

Will Ashe

On Wednesday, October 12, 2016 at 9:21:24 AM UTC-7, Mark Reimer wrote:
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> I went on a long s24o this weekend - 108km (about 67 miles) on varying 
> surfaces. 
>
> The route started with a 'Voyageur Start'. This excellent term was new to 
> me. Supposedly the old fur trading voyageurs would paddle out of town for 
> only a few miles before stopping for the first night, with the idea that if 
> they had forgotten anything critical, they were still able to turn back and 
> retrieve forgotten supplies. I can understand the reasoning when you're 
> paddling half way across a country. 
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> So, we rolled out of Elma, Manitoba at 2pm and stopped 10km later in 
> Whitemouth for some burgers, soup, pumpkin pie and beers. I have to say I'm 
> a fan of this voyageur start business..
>
> We hit about 15km of farm roads, which were a mix of gravel roads, mud 
> roads, and double track. I was riding Compass Barlow Pass Extra-Lite 38s on 
> my Atlantis. We connected to a rolling highway that snakes through the 
> Canadian Shield, making for a camp spot at Meditation Lake. Can you think 
> of a better-named destination? 
>
> I had planned the route to include two special off-road diversions. The 
> first was a snowmobile track that ended at an old prison site. The second 
> is part of the trans-canada trail, which is mostly crushed stone, exposed 
> granite and a touch of grassy single track here and there. Being October, 
> all these sections would be done in complete darkness as a result of our 
> long, leisurely lunch.
>
> The temperature dropped to about freezing and we kept warm by maintaining 
> a respectable pace. It has rained for nearly the entire week prior, so full 
> fenders were a must. I was very happy with how the Barlow Pass tires rolled 
> over the varied surfaces and had no flats despite the sharp rocky trails, 
> exposed granite, and rough roads. 
>
> We had all of Meditation Lake to ourselves, save the occasional chorus of 
> coyotes and owls in the night. A few beers, some pad thai and a bonfire 
> later and we were passed out. 
>
> We woke up to the sound of shotguns, which was surprising to say the 
> least.  I guess with camping season officially closed, hunting is allowed 
> near the camp spot. We passed 6 hunters on our 5km ride back to the 
> highway. The ride back was pretty much the same, including a second 
> voyageur start for our second breakfast of the day. A stiff headwind 
> reduced our pace to between 9-15km/h for the final 50km. It was a grind, 
> but still having fun. 
>
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> In the end, we covered 210km, saw several bald eagles, had a fox run along 
> with us for about 30 seconds, were treated to a clear night with bright 
> stars, and sent autumn on its way properly. The next s24o is my annual 
> November Winter Welcomer, which is on the first weekend of November, and 
> marks the beginning of the snowy, sub-freezing camping season :) 
>
> Hope you all had a great weekend.
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