Finally got off for a decent little ride. My better half has been having back problems so we nixed the ride together this summer. Now that schools in and she's at work, I've taken off for a ride. Original plan was to head to Pembina, ND , then go west towards Havre, Montana and go up to Westlock, Alberta. Returning home by the Yellowhead Hwy. Hasn't turned out that way. Left Monday after lunch (got off nightshift that morn so had to sleep). When I got to the Emerson/Pembina border crossing, the lineup was over a mile long and road construction was really slowing it up. After 15 min and a 1/4 mile, I got to where I could turn around and headed to the Gretna/Neche crossing a little more than 1/2 hour further west. Had to double back to Pembina and pick up some packages. By then it was past 5 and getting colder so I headed to Grand Forks for the night instead. Tuesday morn was a balmy 32F when I got up so I took my time getting ready. It was 38 when left and headed to Minot. Glad I had the heated jacket and rainsuit to stave off the chills. On the way passed a couple school buses loaded with kids. One young fella in the back flashed me the peace sign so I flashed it back. He did a fist pump and I could see the smile a mile wide. Weather really improved by the time I hit Minot; I was sweating in my cold weather gear in the 70+ temp. Loved the scenerey and the temperature. Decided at Minot to head north to Estevan, Sask and on to Moose Jaw for the night. Made for a shorter ride to Westlock. Got waved through Canada customs even tho I'm pretty sure I was over my duty free limit. Oh well who am I to argue. Well, changed my mind again and headed north to Saskatoon, then on to The Battlefords. Blasted wind was getting colder so I turned south on hwy 4 and headed south to Swift Current where I'm at for the night. Not going to make it to Westlock this trip. Nice ride down from The Battlefords past grain fields, lots of duck ponds and rolling hills with the occassional valley thrown in the path. I'll see where tomorrow takes me.