MUERTO Challenge – June 15, 2013 – Dan Lockery
Friday came quickly this week and I wasn’t ready for it. Packing was last minute, dinner was picked up en route to Hal’s place. Dallas kindly agreed to drive us out (thanks, you’re awesome!), we set off just before 8pm.
Skipping sleep, we left Virden just before midnight on our chosen route that was adjusted earlier that afternoon in case of bad weather. Hoping for the best we rode off into the darkness. The estimated route would cover about 500km of Manitoba gravel, what could possibly go wrong?
After a minor hiccup escaping the town of Virden, we found the planned route and set off in search of new
Winds were shifting to the west and getting strong enough that heading north-south became challenging.
By this point, closing in on 12 hours, we started getting into a groove of heading east. Time for a challenge…
The bridge was out and the new one not complete enough to take advantage of so we hopped the electric fence, stared down a stampeding herd of cattle, waded through the nice cool stream and pressed on
We stopped in Brunkild to re-supply. The rain cleared up and the roads dried quickly so we kept movingPic
The baseball diamond was a good place to camp (firm, smooth ground). The bugs were hungry but unable to bite through bivy sacks. They quit in the wee hours and then the alarm went off, we were rolling again around 4am.
Leaving Richer we headed into the Sandilands area, the bugs were fierce. That was all the incentive I needed to keep moving. The water in the previous picture was axle deep and slow going so one-handed and swatting bugs
was the only way
We had a little re-route near the end due to a missing bridge where the maps insisted there was one. My stats included a total distance of 522km, elevation gain of 6255ft, total time of 39h 51m including stops and sleeping in the outfield.
What a good time (minus bugs)! Thanks to all that helped us out (Dallas and Ed with rides to/from Virden/Falcon) and Pete for riding out to meet up and chat and to all those that followed along. Good times indeed, I’ll look forward to reading about your attempt soon?