August 15, 2012
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We woke up after a refreshing sleep at my Aunt and Uncle's house in Lacombe, AB. After a wonderful homemade breakfast, we packed up our overnight bags, loaded them into the truck, hugged goodbye, and headed on our second day of driving. The plan for this day was to drive straight east from Lacombe, eventually angling southward until we joined the Trans-Canada Highway (Hwy 1) in Regina, SK. The day was sunny with big white clouds and blue skies, and the sun shining on the rolling hills and later, the prairie fields, made the day bright and the scenery beautiful.
|The road stretching over hills for miles|
Our one interesting story of the day happened just after crossing the Saskatchewan border. The road quickly became a mucky, bumpy construction zone for quite a few kilometers until we approached a town and could turn onto another road that was paved and not under construction. With all the bumping and jostling, we were just hoping that none of our breakables were ruined. (Because of the great packing job Jonathan and my Dad did, everything survived the trip in great condition!)
|Start of the construction...|
|Canola (yellow) and flax (blue) fields|
We hoped to make it to Winnipeg, MB before stopping for the night, but by the time we reached Brandon, MB, about 40 minutes from Winnipeg, we were beat and decided to stop there to look for a place to sleep. Bad idea... Some kind of horse competition or show was going on and every hotel or motel we could find was totally booked up. Finally someone at one hotel called around and eventually found us a room at a nearby hotel. Phew, we were sure glad we didn't have to sleep in the truck that night!
Daily driving total: 1,158 km (719.5 mi)
Next up: Brandon to Nipigon