Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Gravel du Jour: Manitoba White

I call this stuff Manitoba White, a kind of pale, chalky gravel common in southern Manitoba, where I visit each summer. I’m guessing it consists of some kind of post-glacial limestone mixed with a dash of petrified Mososaur bones. (You can’t hardly stick a shovel in the ground there without hitting dinosaur detritus.) I`m adding this one to the Gravel Glossary, likely the first of a bunch of regional gravels.

Regardless of what it's made of, I can tell you this stuff is soft, almost powdery, and dusty as all get out. After a week of riding these white gravel roads, my bike—not to mention its rider—was covered in a film of white-grey dust, like a Mount. St. Helens bystander.

The best feature of this gravel, though, has to be the startling contrast it affords, set against the green and yellow fields tucked under a prairie sky.

Poor Manitoba, my father-in-law says, can`t afford much these days, and that means few paved roads aside from cities and major routes. Therefore, gravel abounds there. So much the better, I say.


  1. There's nothing like a prairie road! I've just returned from a BC holiday and it was amazing to be in the mountains. But in the long term, I'd pick the prairies every time.


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