Although Bryan didn't make it into Gull Lake today, he did bike 152km to Piapot. By the way, he would like to challenge the myth that the prevailing winds are westerly. He bucked an east wind at 26km with big gusts. The 10km at suppertime without any wind was a Godsend. Then he was hit with pounding rain and wind. He had missed most of the showers during the day though. The locals can't figure out the winds either...maybe it goes along with the cold and snow in June. They had a foot and a half of snow in the Cypress Hills last week and the hills are still white.
But, on the good side, Bryan has again enjoyed local hospitality. In Maple Creek, he met a Dinsmore couple who know Jarl Akre. The helpful people at the Tourism Office recommended that he stay at the saloon in Piapot. Good decision! Bryan says that is is a jewel of an old building with a wrap around veranda on the second floor and footed tubs. The young couple who own it had moved from the rat race in Calgary to raise a family in small town. They offered to set Bryan up with breakfast, something in the fridge that he can pop in the microwave since they'll still be sleeping. They gave him the quietest room too, although Bryan has no trouble sleeping. The $45.00 included the food! Now where can you get that kind of treatment at any price?
Bryan hopes to enjoy this kind of hometown friendliness, along with the hospitality of friends all along his adventure. He says that really makes it interesting and all worth the effort on the road.
Total to date: 1570, just 5000km to go! He thinks he's paid his dues though and would like some west winds and heat.