Canadian Buffoon's Hi Low Vacation - South Central Musings

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  1. orangecats2

    orangecats2 I need a trip to Disney!!!

    May 6, 2008
    Yay for Vegas! I love it there! Can't wait to go in five weeks!!! We're staying downtown at Four Queens. Should I try the $20 trick for an upgraded room? If I don't get one will you send me the $20 I lose when they keep it?
    That's the Heart Attack Grill DH wants to go to. We won't be eating for free though.
    Want to go to the toy store too. We have one like it in Cleveland. There's always something interesting.
    Oscar's was on CSI several times as where they would go after work. So I made a reservation there for our anniversary (the ninth on Sept. 20. It's on the second floor and rounded with all windows so gets a good view of Fremont Street. I'm more than likely getting filet mignon, butterflied, I like my food to be cooked.

    Are you starting a new TR now for DL?
  2. pkondz

    pkondz . . Dis Dad #797 . . Hoping to get lucky

    Mar 9, 2007
    Or a reward...
    depending on your point of view.
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  4. pkondz

    pkondz . . Dis Dad #797 . . Hoping to get lucky

    Mar 9, 2007
    Well, hi there! Where ya been?


    I'm really glad we did it...
    But I don't feel a need to go back.

    I like the strip, so much to look at.
    But I can see how it's not everyone's
    cup of casino chips.

    Possibly... in a few hours good enough for ya?
  5. pkondz

    pkondz . . Dis Dad #797 . . Hoping to get lucky

    Mar 9, 2007

    Won't be long!
    Here before you know it!

    Yes you should try it.
    And if it doesn't work....

    Send me a bill.
    And a SASE.

    And $40 for shipping and handling.

    I should think not!! :eek:

    It was an interesting little store.
    I might pop in again.

    Kinda regretting not getting.... something.

    Oh! I totally forgot about that!
    Used to watch CSI all the time.


    First going to do an IRL update.
    Probably be posted later tonight.
  6. QueenJen

    QueenJen Mouseketeer

    Sep 2, 2012
    Nothing exciting - working way too much.

    Sure - take your time. You should be enjoying the non-snowy weather in Canada now. We will be having fun in DL in a bit - I'll look for your update tomorrow. Is that rubbing it in?
  7. pkondz

    pkondz . . Dis Dad #797 . . Hoping to get lucky

    Mar 9, 2007
    I hear that!

    Actually, I've been working
    a lot less overtime.

    And it's been nice!

    Then again,
    I'm working
    24 out of the next 32 hours... so...

    Yes it is.

    Very much so.

    You're going to be in DL tomorrow!!!!

    Colour me envious!

    Update coming right up.
  8. pkondz

    pkondz . . Dis Dad #797 . . Hoping to get lucky

    Mar 9, 2007
    South Central Musings.

    As many of you know,
    I am hoping to possibly,
    maybe, perhaps...
    do a long bike trip
    (as in motorcycle)
    in a year or two.

    Step one was... getting a bike.
    Except I didn't want a touring bike.
    You know...
    One suited for long bike trips?


    The reason being,
    while I want to do the trip,
    the bulk of my riding is local.

    The next step(s)
    is to see if it's even feasible,
    given the equipment
    (and aging body) at hand.

    The first thing was to see
    how comfortable I was
    on the bike for a short
    highway jaunt.

    A couple of weeks ago,
    I hopped on the bike
    and rode it to
    About a 45 minute drive, one way.
    (southeast of the city on the map, below)

    The first thing I found was:

    I needed a windshield.

    I like my bike without, though.
    But... hanging on with a 65mph
    wind hitting you gets tiring fairly quickly.
    I didn't have a problem with the
    trip there and back...
    but there's no way I'd try that
    for longer distances.

    And if I was going to restrict myself
    to an hour and a half driving per day...

    Well, I wouldn't be getting too far,
    now would I?

    So I ordered a detachable windscreen.
    I can put it on for highway touring
    and remove it for city cruising.


    After a few false starts.
    ("We have the windshield in stock!"
    Yay! <takes it home>...
    <phone rings>
    "It's the wrong one!")
    I got my windshield and installed it.

    Time to take it on the road.

    But where to?

    Thursday the forecast looks good.
    Sunny. Warm.

    So off I went.

    Care to come along
    on a quick trip around
    South Central Manitoba?

    The route I took is plotted
    out on the map below.


    Google lists the travel time as just over 3 hours,
    but it was closer to 5 hours, with stops.

    Now most people who "know" Manitoba
    think of it as relatively flat farmland.
    And, well...


    Yeah. A lot of it is.
    But that's just one part of it.

    But, unfortunately for you,
    that's the part I drove through!

    I headed out with high hopes...
    and stopped about 20 minutes later.
    I was getting an indication that
    my left turn signal was burned out.

    Better check.

    Great. Left rear signal out.
    Not a good thing to have
    when you're on a bike.

    Usually, you want to have a big
    sign on you when you're riding a bike.

    Visibility is key to not dying.
    And not having a turn signal...

    Not good.

    Just have to be extra careful
    until I could get a new bulb.

    My first (non emergency)
    stop was the tiny
    (and I mean tiny!)
    town of Brunkild.
    I like that the sign says
    "Still Growing Strong"

    To me it sounds like
    "Not Quite Dead Yet!"


    I thought about stopping in the town itself,
    but I blinked and missed it.

    You can see a grain elevator
    in the distance in the above photo.
    That's about it.

    Those elevators dot the prairie.
    The come in varying shapes
    and degree of modernity.

    I pulled over and took this snap
    of another elevator
    a short while later.


    My first real stop, however,
    came about an hour later.
    In the town of Carman.


    A cousin of mine had mentioned
    that I should stop here:


    So I did!
    I ordered a burger, rings
    and a chocolate shake.

    Notice on the above sign
    where it says "thick shakes"?


    "Thick" doesn't begin to describe it.
    If you've ever had a Frosty
    at Wendy's, you'll understand.

    They gave me a straw...
    but I used it mostly like a spoon.


    The burger was fine,
    and the rings were okay.

    I wouldn't drive down here
    just to eat there,
    but I would stop in again
    if I was driving through.

    Tummy happy, I continued on
    to the southwest-most point
    of my route.


    Morden. Home of the
    Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre.

    The statue above, is a replica of "Bruce".
    The largest mosasaur on public display in the world.
    It was discovered a short (10 minutes) distance away.

    Hmmm... maybe I should pay Bruce a visit?
    But before I do that,
    maybe I'll take a quick look around
    and see what the town's like.




    Nice little town!
    I liked it.

    But another reason I liked it is:


    There are only two Harley dealerships
    in Manitoba.
    One in Winnipeg,
    and this one in Morden.

    And... even though the population
    of Morden is about a tenth that
    of Winnipeg,
    (8,000 vs 700,000)
    It's Harley dealership is much nicer.


    I really liked the d├ęcor here quite a bit.
    It may be the nicest dealership I've visited.

    And I've been to quite a few.

    The only problem though...
    Is it is less well stocked.

    They didn't have the bulb
    I needed to replace my burned out one.
    But they did have a substitute
    that would at least keep me safe
    until I could get back home.

    After checking out the store,
    I zipped over to a nearby McDonalds
    for a quick drink.
    Then headed up a side street
    to the Museum.

    No pictures of the exterior...
    It's extremely low key.
    Actually, the Museum is located
    in the basement of the Community Centre.

    It's not very big, but I found it fun and interesting.

    I took these next few shots
    to illustrate something that I find
    really interesting.
    The prairie where I grew up
    and currently live,
    was once part of a vast inland sea.
    Which can be seen on this overlay
    of North America.


    And where now you find bison, rabbits and foxes,
    you used to find these:



    I wandered around, not really focusing
    on anything specific,
    and made my way to another room
    where Bruce and his younger "sister"
    Suzy were housed.

    This is Bruce.


    I'm gonna go out on a limb
    and say he looks a little on the
    thin side.
    Then again, he is 80 million years old.

    Roughly 70 percent of the 43 feet of bones
    you see were recovered over two years
    just a few miles west of here.

    A slightly smaller one (30 feet)
    is located right alongside.


    There were a few other fossils located in the museum
    but these two were the stars.

    I'm glad I popped in.

    I decided to head back
    home via an alternate route.

    Spice of life people.

    And, really.
    Who wouldn't want to
    stop in a town called:


    No. Not making it up.
    The town really is called Plum Coulee.

    Don't see too many plums, though...


    Plum Coulee
    (I just like saying that)
    was another
    "blink-and-you-miss-it" town.
    I didn't stop.

    What did stop me
    was construction.
    I pulled up to a line of vehicles
    stopped on the road.


    A friendly girl holding a stop/slow sign
    was walking along, telling everyone
    that stopped. "It'll be 5-10 minutes."


    I took the opportunity to
    get off my bike and stand for a bit.

    About, oh....
    5-10 minutes later,
    the line started to move.

    I passed the slow movers
    and was soon on my way again.

    I passed a windmill farm,
    and wanted to take some photos,
    but couldn't stop.
    Well, I could....
    But I didn't feel like
    having to re-pass
    all the traffic that I'd just
    put behind me.

    I soon reached highway 75
    and turned north,
    passing through the town
    of Morris.


    As the sign says,
    Home of the Manitoba Stampede.

    Bull riding, bronc-busting and steer wrestling!

    And I've never been.

    We keep saying
    "This year, we'll go!"

    And it never happens.

    Maybe next year.


    I drove through the town,
    and about half an hour later,
    I was back in the 'Peg.
    A quick zip up and over
    to Winnipeg Harley Davidson
    where I picked up a bulb and a spare.

    Note to self.
    On your big trip...

    Bring a spare.

    And that, folks,
    is a quick tour of South Central Manitoba.


    So.... just out of curiosity.
    How long did you spend watching that?
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  9. orangecats2

    orangecats2 I need a trip to Disney!!!

    May 6, 2008
    Nice little jaunt for you. So do you think you'll be able to do a longer trip? Where would you go?

    I've seen that video before so not very long this time.
  10. QueenJen

    QueenJen Mouseketeer

    Sep 2, 2012
    Glad to hear you are not working as much.

    There was a period of time where I was working long days, everyday of the week - longest stretch was 26 days in a row. I finally forced myself to stop as it was not healthy. I was amazed at how much it was impacting my life - as in, I had no life. Now, it is tough when I try and pull 12 days in a row. I don't get paid for OT - so it's just work (I never said I was the sharpest tool in the shed). This upcoming week should be the last week of crazy hours through the end of the year.


    Actually, we went for a few hours last night. Had a blast. We got to ride on Big Thunder Mountain during the fireworks - love that.

    You know what you want and that is fantastic.

    A necessity on a long trip.

    I understand why - it is a purdy looking bike without.

    No - but think of all the folks you could meet along the way.

    Look at that - problem solved.

    You live at the Harley Davidson dealership? :rotfl2:

    huh....learn something new everyday.

    Absolutely. I am still baffled by the guy on a bike who insisted on riding in my blind spot checking out my car.

    Are the girls checking out the bike or the motorcycle dude taking a pic of the bike?

    Those things look scary - another reason to not go in the water. Pools/spas/man-made water parks are the extent of my recreational water activities.
  11. Tracy161

    Tracy161 DIS Veteran

    Apr 4, 2006
    They should change their slogan... I like yours better :rotfl:

    We have plenty of those towns down here in upstate New York, too :thumbsup2

    With an enticement like that, what is stopping you?! :confused3

    Loved the tour you took us on. :goodvibes Also loved your strategically placed bike in your photos - she's quite the beauty! ::yes::
  12. pkondz

    pkondz . . Dis Dad #797 . . Hoping to get lucky

    Mar 9, 2007

    I have it narrowed down to...
    North America.


    Really, that's all I've got.
    I do know that I have at least
    two thoughts.
    1. Pacific coast highway.
    2. Route 66.

    But... that can change or morph.

    Well... pbbbttt!
  13. pkondz

    pkondz . . Dis Dad #797 . . Hoping to get lucky

    Mar 9, 2007

    Not counting this weekend.

    I recall that you were working
    well.... as insanely as I was.

    I never said I was the sharpest tool in the shed.

    :faint: :worship:

    I would love to do that!

    Then again...
    I would love to ride it at night...
    And I do really love just watching
    the fireworks from Main St...


    Found that out!

    Thanks! :)

    And they'd all say:
    "You only rode for an hour and a half???"


    Actually, I first put my home address in.

    Whoops! Nope!

    And anyways... sometimes it feels that way.

    I'll do anything I can,
    include risk a speeding ticket
    to stay out of a blind spot.

    I'd rather have to pay a fine
    than be dead.

    I suspect they were wondering
    what I was doing.

    I parked right in front of everyone
    to get that photo. :rolleyes:

    Well, you can relax.
    They're extinct now.
    Nothing to worry about now!

  14. pkondz

    pkondz . . Dis Dad #797 . . Hoping to get lucky

    Mar 9, 2007

    Are you sure? How can you tell???

    I. Don't. Know!!!!

    It's a case of
    "We live here. We can go anytime."

    So you never do.


    Thanks again, Tracy! :)
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  15. Tracy161

    Tracy161 DIS Veteran

    Apr 4, 2006
    It's hard. What with the blinking and all...

    Logical enough for this gal.
  16. pkondz

    pkondz . . Dis Dad #797 . . Hoping to get lucky

    Mar 9, 2007
    Heaven forbid you should sneeze!

    It is?

    I should've thought of something
    more ridiculous!
  17. Tracy161

    Tracy161 DIS Veteran

    Apr 4, 2006
    You really should have. I'm a big fan of ridiculousness. ::yes::
  18. pkondz

    pkondz . . Dis Dad #797 . . Hoping to get lucky

    Mar 9, 2007
    I'll be better next time.
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  19. afwdwfan

    afwdwfan DIS Dad #460

    Apr 23, 2010
    Because why would you want to be comfortable?

    Ok, makes sense.

    That's probably not a bad idea.

    But I'm sure you ate your daily requirement of protein in the form of bugs.

    And this is my dilemma. I've often thought, you know, it would be nice to have a bike. I could ride it to work on like a gallon of gas a month. It would save money and I could enjoy the ride.

    But then I see all the other idiots on the road... yeah, I don't know...

    And that's one that is a little bit behind the on the modernity scale. Love seeing those old wood crib houses in the country. Very, very few and far between around here. Most are falling down or have been demolished by now.

    You don't say!

    Of course not. I mean why would they stock a part that nobody ever needs, right?

    Hmmm... so not the bulb but a substitute? Not OEM? Or a different size that you could just jam in there and get it to light up?

    I'll be honest. I'm disappointed. But then again, I don't know much about mosasaurs. My only reference is the one in Jurassic World. Apparently that great white shark they fed to it was really just a gold fish because based on the frame of reference that movie gave it the mosasaur should have been about 200 feet long.

    Stupid Hollywood... always lying to us.


    Just remember... you're on a bike. You can't pack a spare everything!
  20. Steppesister

    Steppesister DIS Veteran

    Dec 27, 2013

    Nice! DISMeets are fun!

    That sounds delicious.... and fattening.

    Depends on what it is!

    How could you NOT?! If you ever get to Seattle, make sure to visit the Chihuly Museum there near the Space Needle.

    Did your car freshen up nicely?

    I'd imagine that was a spendy ride.

    Those don't look like mermaids to me....

    She should have found her own entertainment.

    I can imagine you did. :rolleyes:

    ... which begs the question...

    But! Can you judge a pod by its pea?


    I think it might take more than a lap sitting to call it "love". Just a hunch.

    So.... see VV

    You basically ate breakfasts for free then.

    I find this strangely NOT surprising.

    Ponzi, thank you for all the work you put into this lovely TR. You put a lot of effort into making it fun for all of us :) Looking forward to your next one!
  21. pkondz

    pkondz . . Dis Dad #797 . . Hoping to get lucky

    Mar 9, 2007
    You can be cool or you can be comfortable.
    I'm mid-life-crisising right now. So it's gotta be cool.

    It does?!?!?!?

    I have one every six
    or seven years.

    Full face shield helmet.

    I don't need my face scraped off
    in the event of a crash.

    The thing is... yes, it takes less gas.
    But the cost of the bike
    combined with the insurance...

    You'll almost certainly never
    break even.

    You get one because you want one.

    And as far as the idiots...

    Just don't be one.
    (Comes with age.)

    Oh... unless of course you get
    a little scooter.
    And then I'm not talking to you. :snooty:

    Yeah, I like the old ones.

    I don't?
    You're right!
    I write it!


    Harleys come with yellow plastic covers
    for the front turn signals and red
    plastic covers for the rears.
    The bulbs are yellow or clear.
    That's stock.

    But I switched out all four for
    smoked lenses, requiring yellow
    bulbs in front... but red bulbs
    in the rear.
    And that's the one they didn't have.

    I wasn't super surprised they didn't.

    Remember when the original came out
    and the Raptors were way too big?

    And then they discovered some
    that were about that size?

    So.... who knows?

    Then what am I going to do with this
    spare tire???

    Oops! Nevermind.
    That's just my gut.

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