We broke camp early driving along a misty Hwy 11 in and out of rain. We expect to find coffee just outside the park but the north stretches long between towns. Stopped 150 km later at a busy gas bar/restaurant in Nigigoonsiminikaaning First Nation and bought breakfast sandwich made with bannock. We have breakfast and coffee to make in our car-kitchen, with us but we are finding the need to get on the road efficiently to make our timing marks.
Lake of the Woods is gorgeous and we saw a large doe meander near the A&W in Kenora. On CBC, we’d heard all about resident’s love/hate relationship with the new traffic roundabout in Kenora. Strange familiarity made us laugh as Karen took us around it twice. In Manitoba, cool rain was traded for warm open fields. We left stern northern Ontario — with its jagged rock, hulking army of pine, and giant lake — for Manitoba, scruffy and open, like a laid back cousin’s living room where inviting comfort and quiet discovery reside.