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August 11 - Beautiful Wolseley!

11 August 2009 No Comment

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Stage 42
Manitoba Border, MB to Wolseley, SK.

The run started in the small town of Whitewood at a old building that was built in 1884. It also serves as the information center for Whitewood. From there, the teams ran toward Wolseley where we stayed the night at the Banbury House Inn. The scenery was beautiful and the weather - blue skies and sunshine high above - was wonderful to look at but made it more difficult to run as it was much warmer and the runners struggled to keep themselves hydrated. Not much differed from days past on the endless TransCanada Highway other than a couple trains that passed alongside parallel to the highway. A local reporter from the Grenfell Sun also showed up on the roadside to snap a few pictures and briefly speak to some of the runners. The reporter wanted to let the town know what was going on who we were and what we were up to.

Unfortunately, a few of the runners were not feeling to well so they took the day off. One had to visit the local hospital and having received some medicine was feeling better by the time the runners had returned from their long and tiresome day. The inn was interesting as it was a century old European style mansion that had been converted into an inn for honeymooners and couples travelling. Each room was styled different with antiques and there was a beautiful garden of flowers outside. Speaking to some of the locals, the runners learned that Wolseley was actually called Wolf Creek as it used to have a large population of wolves; the name changed to the name of a Canadian General who served during the late 1800s. Later on in the evening, some individuals went to see the swinging bridge in the town while others found a small beach with a volleyball net and played for several hours, some getting quite competitive. When the players started to get bitten by mosquitoes, they returned to hear the blow horn of the CN trains passing by, making lots of noise as it passed by the old grain elevator and through the middle of the town. The small town had lots of character and our inn had so much history it was like going into the past.

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