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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 24-Nov-2017, 07:37 AM (567) Thread Starter
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Best Overnight in an 11,000 mile ride

My neighbor in the islands is of Norwegian decent. His mother who died when he was very young, hailed from a place in Saskatchewan, Yellow Grass. Don got in touch with me and, "if convenient", could I visit Yellow Grass and take photos of the grave stones of his Mother's side of the family. I looked at the map and realized it would only require a short detour.

Late afternoon I rolled into Yellow Grass. It is a small place indeed. I knocked on a door asking if there was a place to camp. The guy says, well yes and gave me directions, one turn off. When I followed the wrong directions I ended up at the cemetery, on the edge of the village. There was a mown section across the dirt road from the cemetery and well before dusk, I pitched camp. A few cars and trucks passed by and all gave me a good once over. Finally a truck passed, turned around and stopped near my camp. As he rolled his window down I smiled and asked, "you going to run me off"? Naw he said, I'm just curious. I explained my mission and we talked for a while about Yellow Grass when his phone rang, the dinner bell. I received and accepted a dinner invitation with he and his wife and had a wonderful evening.

After dark I rode back to my camp and low and behold, the cemetery was full of twinkling lights. I walked across the road to investigate and it turns out that instead of silk flowers or other tokens, every grave was marked with a solar path light. I went to sleep never feeling better about a cemetery. The next morning I located the family plot, took my photos and rode off into Western Saskatchewan
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That is a very cool story! What a memory!
have pictures?
I often visit cemeteries on my rides as they are often very sobering moments and an opportunity for time travel in a way.
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Yes, I do have pictures but at the moment with only a temp roof, small gen set power and no internet I'm on cell data and walking all over my limit, as it is. Soon come.
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