We start the day with an interview at CJOB radio, Winnipeg. Early phone issues are a momentary concern, and some coaching from Larry Gifford pays off. (Why should we expect clean cell service in remote Manitoba?)
Another day of tail winds, at least at the start. Threatening storms are all empty bluster, until they unload a 20 minute barrage of angry rain. Raindrops are fired with the same intensity as water jet cutting machines. We survive, as does the rain gear, which was deemed unnecessary and discarded.
This is an easier 105 km ride and we have the enormous honour of staying either Liz Loewen and her husband Tim. You will rarely meet better people. By the time we arrive, Tim has already repaired Mike’s (suspiciously) broken spoke. The damage was first noticed at camp just after completing his wildly successful but taxing Mike Day ride. You can almost see the bite marks where Mike chewed through the spoke to guarantee consecutive rest days. Turns out that Tim and his daughter, Kathleen, are bicycle fixing magi. Poor Mike.
I know Liz from Parkinson Canada’s Parkinson’s Advisory Council and she is as wonderful a host as she is a PAC asset. [Logicians comment: Liz is an excellent PAC member].
We are invited to dinner and overnight accommodations in the gorgeous home that Tim built and, despite now self assessing that I do not accomplish nearly enough each day, we settle in for a good night’s sleep, and dream of tomorrow’s interview on the Global Network morning show at 7:20 (central time) tomorrow.