Quest For The West part 2
April 20, 2013 Winnipeg, Manitoba
Drivers here are crazy, they just seem to act without awareness of others, the people are the same as they walk about too, they walk outside the lines.
April 21, 2013 Winnipeg, Manitoba
Park was ok, til 1am, then security showed up (even though the park was listed as a 24/7 park). He gave me until 5am to catch up on some sleep. I slept from about 11:45pm to 1am and then 1am to 4:45am at the park in my van. Then I drove over to a nearby shopping centre and slept there from 5:30am until 10:00am.
Fears about sleeping in my van – I’ve found I’m more “afraid” (for lack of a better word) of having to explain why I’m sleeping in my van than the act itself. In six days I’ve only had to explain it three times – two of those were to border patrol. I found it ironic that the only place to boast 24/7 parking was the only place with security. The shopping mall I went to, while busy, still seems to have the best parking. There’s the grocery store lots, as alternatives, but they are not as massive as the mall lots.
Did I make this trip too early? It’s quite cold still but if I had waited two weeks it would have cut my savings by another $400. When I crossed the Maple River, was it, going up to Parry Sound I felt “something” which got buried by the stressful border crossing. In Duluth though I “felt” it again. This morning I woke up in Manitoba and seeing the snow I felt dread for the first time.
I could use another “sign” to tell me this is right. When I wondered if I’d cross into the US I passed a “Pentagon Street” road sign in Ontario. And today I felt a bit homesick I saw an “Ontario” license plate at Chapters. I “feel” I’ve made the right decision, I just need to get over the “flight” instinct.
April 22, 2013 Winnipeg, Manitoba
Winnipeg continues to be a city I would not want to live in, it’s very dirty here. I must really watch my spending from here on in, while $100 per day was budgeted that only covers 19 days and 7 have passed already. I need to get that down to $50 a day. Last night as I was bedding down I asked for a “sign” that it was safe to go to sleep. Suddenly, the street lights down the corridor went off for about two to three minutes til I settled down a bit and then they came back on again. The signs are all out there, I just must watch for them.
I tried to go to the Museum on the 17th but there were no street signs to find it. I stopped and took pictures at Heritage Park of the mounted fighter places. Only to be reported to security as “some guy taking pictures”. Well dug it’s supposed to be a tourist attraction. I wrote a scathing review for TripAdvisor and noted that the park is not tourist friendly. The security guy told me about another museum two blocks away but I stopped for a Timmies first. I didn’t bother trying to find it though, he had directed me to another secured gate with Military Police on patrol – umm hell no. I left the area.
April 22, 2013 Winnipeg, Manitoba
I went to the Manitoba Legislative Building and took lots of pictures outside. Inside I wandered for an hour until Question Period started. I understand it now. Before it was just one person talking and everyone heckling over them. At least that’s what I thought. But now I see that one heckler, while annoying, represents the choice of tens of thousands of people. When they point out something it is the democratic “challenge” of the details being given. While they could be a bit quieter they are a vital part of the democratic assembly. What I find interesting is how the NDP, PC and Liberals appear to agree behind the scenes to remove public discussion from any issues. In todays’ case the desire of the party in power to raise the Provincial Sales Tax without a referendum.
April 23, 2013 Winnipeg, Manitoba
In the back of my mind there’s a voice calling out, telling me that my next adventure lays westward. I’ve had my stay in Winterpeg but now it’s time to continue my quest. I’m spending the night in Headingley. Why am I doing this? I feel that I must. Nights are cold, a travelling companion would be nice. I see the moon, a sliver from full, blue post lamp, light above, trucks idling, dinner was a cordon blue chicken burger with ham on it yuck. The burger at the last museum was better and half the price but no fries. Where will I sleep tomorrow in Regina? Bear sleeps with me and protects me. The vultures, starlings, and ravens guide me on my journey. I saw two eagles while I was driving in the States and deer met me along my path.
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