Portage la Prairie to Thunder Bay

I was a bit surprised at how pretty it was along the river as I was leaving Portage la Prairie early this morning.

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Portage la Prairie

Just past Portage la Prairie I stopped for gas.  I locked my car because I wanted to not forget to go to pay as I’m so used to using pay at the pump.  I couldn’t get the gas door open and stupidly didn’t connect the locked doors with the problem.  I even had other people trying to help me get it open before we figured out that it just doesn’t open if the doors are locked.  So, I felt pretty stupid after that!  The cashier said they get people there daily that can’t figure out how to use their old-fashioned pumps but knowing that I can do that part without difficulty really didn’t make me feel less stupid.  At least, the gas was only 87.9 cents a litre.

I was asked by an old man at a rest stop in Manitoba if I was running away.  He was quite adamant that I should be moving west rather than east.  I noticed upon leaving that his truck had B.C. plates!

I really tried to be more patient on the undivided highway today.  It helped that there were a fair number of passing zones but there were a couple of cars that still really annoyed me!  I decided that it is definitely better to drive in the winter with its potential ice/snow than the number of annoying summer drivers!

There was an ambulance with its lights flashing parked along the highway in the middle of nowhere.

I was a bit surprised to get a phone call from the manager of the Portage la Prairie Boston Pizza.  He was quite apologetic and said that the girl needed more training.  He said he was perplexed watching the video footage.  Apparently, some sort of gift certificate/card should be forthcoming.

A while before reaching Dryden, I began noticing huge packs of vehicles with considerable space between the packs.  Somehow, it didn’t occur to be that construction was only allowing traffic one way at a time!  They really let a lot of vehicles through at once/made a lot of vehicles wait at once.  Luckily,  this happened not long before Dryden where I had lunch; so, I was able to escape my pack fairly quickly.  After Dryden, the traffic was noticeably lighter.

Just outside of the town of Upsala, I saw an interesting-looking abandoned church.  I actually ended up turning around to have a closer look. There didn’t look to be any road to it and it looked to be on someone’s property so I just took some pictures from afar.

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The church near Upsala.

I’m spending the night in Thunder Bay.

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3 Responses to “Portage la Prairie to Thunder Bay”

  1. what a big day and trip! would love to see pictures of that church etc later when you have better internet! wonderful about the Boston Pizza trying to make it up to you! That’s great! Travel safe, sleep well!

  2. The river along Portage la Prairie is pretty. Thanks for sharing this photo.

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