Thank you to Lynne Mitchell-Pedersen for sending us a few words about her adventure! Hope it gets a few more people out there this year!
Sept. 28, 2012: South to north – Green Ridge to St. Malo Grotto: 20.14 miles = 32.22 km: A warm, gorgeous autumn day! We popped in to St. Pierre Jolys to meet Murielle Burgera, my trail friend. So good to meet her. She helped us to map out the trail over the Senkiw Suspension Bridge. Arne dropped me at Green Ridge and I set out to complete this ‘almost’ last bit of the Crow Wing Trail. Headed east on Roseau Rd. South and rode past the Roseau Reserve. Started in to the trail there – but looked like VERY bumpy grass so returned to the road. Road soon turned into grassy lane trail – easier than the gravel, really. Bumpy, but fine. Trail turned north – pretty bumpy there. Wish I had a mountain bike. Walked bike down very steep twisty, loose dirt road to the bottom. Lovely lazy river view. Soon following the bank of the Roseau River – now very low, almost dry in spots. Surprisingly high banks. Very beautiful. Stunning autumn colours! Got to bridge via Cable Bridge Road – trail impeccably ‘signed’ all the way. A thousand thanks to all volunteers. They must know what it means to have those guiding signs! A good gravel road then – to the bridge, passing through darling little grass path through a tiny gate. I bumped my bike down a lot of steps, took a wee ride to the bridge. Oh, oh! Eight steep steps to get my bike up and over. Took all my strength actually, to do so. But, a stunning view. Worth the trip! A rough path led out and up quite a steep hill. This bridge was first built as a crossing for children to get to Senkiw School. Was re-built in 2004.
On to grassy road again, then between two farmer’s ploughed fields. All very stony. Poor immigrants who came here and had to deal with all those stones! Then lane through bit of bush and on to Senkiw School plaque at the roadside. On gravel now – heading west – past old church – St. Mary of the Nativity, and past what looks like a community hall. Then north on a gravel road, then one mile on a very bumpy bush road. Still in bush – trail turned west again on a very sandy, stony, dirt road. Sand is sometimes too deep to ride through. Good old ‘hike-a-bike’ here. The hardest bit, I think, for today. Finally on to gravel again, although sometimes gravel is not an easy ride, either. Followed trail in to St. Malo. Visited the Grotto and had our picnic there.
Oh, I send a thousand thanks to all those who have done the ‘signing’. Wonderful job and absolutely necessary.