This morning Hank made me another one of his awesome coffee's! I thought I was a coffee snob!! Hank has a full blown expresso machine in the corner of his beautifully renovated IKEA kitchen. Lots of ideas there for our next renovation project! With coffee and toast in my belly and gas in my tank I head west... but first I had to navigate Winnipeg construction on the Perimeter Highway! Wow! There are lots of infrastructure dollars at work here!!
Leaving the Perimeter Highway, heading west on the Trans Canada I was not disappointed. Put the throttle lock on and point the bike west. Too easy!! Sit back and enjoy the sights and smells: hawks hunting, Red-Winged Black Birds flying from fence to fence, the smell of creosote rising from the railroad ties and the occasional whiff of sweet grass.
Continuing northwest I stopped at Neepawa and went into the Safeway where I picked up some noodles and jerky and had the clerk at the deli counter fill my water bottle. With food and water for a planned picnic lunch I set off to find the home of Margaret Laurence.
So, if this were indeed my Final Hour, these would be my words to you. I would not claim to pass on any secret of life, for there is none, or any wisdom except the passionate plea of caring ... Try to feel, in your heart's core, the reality of others. This is the most painful thing in the world, probably, and the most necessary. In times of personal adversity, know that you are not alone. Know that although in the eternal scheme of things you are small, you are also unique and irreplaceable, as are all of your fellow humans everywhere in the world. Know that your commitment is above all to life itself.I opted not to take the tour of the house. It was enough to take a picture of the outside of the house and to be reminded in yet a different way that we all have the ability and responsibility to leave our mark on the world - a mark of open hands, hearts and minds for the sharing of love. I also made a commitment to myself to read those of her books I have not already read.
Leaving Neepawa it was not long before I arrived at Minnedosa and got a little turned around in town trying to find the junction with #10 North. A helpful man in a red pickup stopped and pointed me in the right direction. However, as I cam upon the junction there was a flashing sign advising that the Highways was closed through to Dauphin... I turned around and went into the rest station and asked a few folk if they knew what was going on. A group of folk travelling to Brandon on a shopping trip suggested that the road was closed only to large trucks. Sure enough I set out again and went slow by the sign and saw the second screen: "Large trucks".
With lunch eaten and the garbage picked up it was onto Dauphin. Passing through the northern end of the park I was lucky enough to see a Black Bear and a Moose. I didn't stop to get a picture. It was enough to see them in their natural habitat as I passed by drinking it all in.
I am presently in Dauphin at the McDonald's using their WiFi waiting for Dawn to get off work at 4PM. We will spend the evening catching up and tomorrow its on the road to Saskatoon where I have been invited to stay with Linda Westcott and her family. Linda and I served on the Ministry and Vocations Committee of the General Council together for a number of years and it will be good to catch up with her.
Reflecting on the past week I can only sum things up in the words of Dag Hammarskjold, "For all that has been - thanks. For all that shall be - yes!"
...on the Sabbath Road...