Okay. I’m back. I haven’t been blogging – but I have been running. And it’s getting close to the end of the year, so I figured I’d take a look at where my yearly mileage has me in my virtual cross-Canada run. Last time, I was really close to the Manitoba border after an endless time in Ontario. So have I finally made it out of the big O and into the first prairie province?
Well, my total after today’s recovery run along the Dartmouth waterfront was 4110.5km. Yes, I’ve broken 4000km! I’m over 2500 miles. That’s a fair bit of distance – but is it enough?
Yes! Not only am I in Manitoba – I’ve almost run clear across it already!
My total has brought me to Griswold, Manitoba. Here’s how the village’s website describes the place: “The village of Griswold is located in Southwestern Manitoba, approximately 25 miles west of Brandon at the junction of highways #1 and #21. Griswold has approximately 30 people. The village has a post office, garage, curling rink and the school is now used as a community center.”
With a population of only 30 – my condo building has more! – it’s easy to forgive the fact that nothing much is going on there. Apparently, there were five grain elevators back in the early 1900s, but they’re all gone. There is, however, a mini one to show the tourists – as they zoom through on their way to Brandon or Regina.
I did find this pic of a Sioux encampment in the area back in the day. The Sioux sought refuge here following the Minnesota Massacres of 1861 and the Indian War of 1876. Griswold was a temporary sanctuary.
I must admit, though, grain elevators and tepees weren’t my first thoughts when I saw the name Griswold. All I could think was, how appropriate to end up in a place named Griswold just before Christmas. I’m sure Clark and family won’t mind another guest!
Happy running – and happy holidays!!