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    Sakskatchewan/Manitoba

    Does anyone know what the route 106 from just north of Prince Albert to Flin Flon and then south on
    route 10 and on to 60 and finally route 6 down to Winnipeg is like? Any towns where one can buy food?

    What's the scenery like ?

    Any info appreciated

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    My roadway information is VERY old, but basically, expect relatively flat ondulating terrain, with lots of small lakes, swamps, trees and bugs. And if you thought you had bugs in Northern Saskatchewan, wait until you get near Cedar lake, lake Winnipeg, Winnipegosis... The stretch near these lakes has some great vistas, but on bike, I wonder if it's not too much of the same... Definitely not for people who want to ride amongst people.

    Services? What's that? These are very isolated roads with very little traffic, so the Alaska highway seems busy and well serviced compared to that one. Apart from Flin Flon, the Pas, I doubt you'll find any real food from 50 km East of Prince Albert until you are 60-80 km North-West of Winnipeg. Even in Indian Reserves, you are likely to find at most a smallish convenience store.
    Michel Gagnon
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    What he said.

    If you can carry enough food you can cover some good distances. There isn't much reason to stop and the bugs will not encourage you to do so.

    Still, you will get a feeling of isolation you won't get anywhere else, and you won't have to put up with a lot of annoying tourists.

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    Hwy 6 is very, very boring with nothing worth seeing! Better to take 10 south through Duck Mountain to Dauphin and through Riding Mountain National Park on to Neepawa, Portage la Prairie along 26 to Winnipeg. Alternatively 10 to Swan River, 83 to Roblin, Grandview to Dauphin etc. If you plan to continue west from Winnipeg, Whiteshell is great. A great ride would be north to Selkirk along River Road, up to Grand Beach, Belair, Pine Falls, McArther Falls, Lac du Bonnet, Pinawa, Rennie to West Hawk Lake. If you do take 6 take 68 over to Hnausa over to Hecla Island and down to Gimli over to Selkirk stay on the west side and follow River Road to Winnipeg.

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    I'm not all that familiar with the northern parts of Manitoba, but if I were you, I'd come straight down Hwy 10 all the way through Riding Mountain National Park. It's pretty in there - trees, lakes, camping areas. If you do that, you can fuel up in The Pas, Swan River and Dauphin before you get to Riding Mountain, and at Wasagaming when you are in the town. Wasagaming is a little tourist town - small shops, cafes, cabins, campground, etc.

    From there I'd come out of the park and hang a left at Hwy 357 (Mountain Road), and then south on Hwy 5 to Neepawa. Be sure to stock up on stuff in either Wasagaming or Onanole before you do this stretch though because you won't find services again till Neepawa.

    From Neepawa, I would either head straight south on Hwy 5 through Spruce Woods (nice campground there!) to Glenboro, and keep going south to Hwy 3, then follow Hwy 3 along to Morden, and up to Carmen and into Winnipeg from the south ...

    OR ...

    From Neepawa, head east to Gladstone (check out the Happy Rock) on 16, then either continue east to Portage La Prairie, and onto Hwy 26 into Winnipeg, or maybe south to Hwy 3 and in that way as suggested above.

    If you do head quite far south after Neepawa, Hwy 23 isn't too bad either.

    I would avoid Hwy 1 and Hwy 2. Hwy 1 for the traffic and lack of a shoulder, and Hwy 2 for the boredom factor. With the others you've got the occasional little hill and bit of scenery.

    Oh and as you get closer to Winnipeg, brace yourself for a flatter terrain than you ever thought possible ... and wind. Lots of wind.

    Once you get to Winnipeg, make your way to Bird's Hill Park just north of Winnipeg. It's nice in there and you can camp.

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    You asked about scenery ...

    http://ca.pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/mac...=/1917&.src=ph

    Photos 1 & 2 were taken on Hwy 26 (between Winnipeg and Portage La Prairie)
    Photos 3-6 were taken on Hwy 200 (south of Winnipeg)
    Photo 7 was taken on Hwy 34 near Swan Lake
    Photos 8 & 9 were taken on the Perimeter around Winnipeg
    Photos 10-13 were taken on Hwy 241 (west of Winnipeg)

    http://ca.pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/mac...cb.jpg&.src=ph
    This photo was taken on Hwy 1 between Brandon and Portage La Prairie

    http://ca.pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/mac...65.jpg&.src=ph
    This one was on Hwy 12 just north of Beausejour (north of Winnipeg)

    http://ca.pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/mac...=/cf5e&.src=ph
    There are a few here of the Dauphin and Riding Mountain area

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    Great photos Machka, makes me homesick for the flatlands. Hey is that Neil G. in photo 3?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gordon P
    Great photos Machka, makes me homesick for the flatlands. Hey is that Neil G. in photo 3?
    Yes, it is ... I take it you know him? Do I know you? I did a lot of riding (Randonneuring) with Neil.

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