The killing of Tim McLean occurred on the evening of July 30, 2008. McLean, a 22-year-old Canadian man, was stabbed, beheaded and canibalized while riding a Greyhound Canada bus traveling the Trans Canada Highway. McLeans killer was found not to be criminally responsible for murder and was remanded to a high-security mental health facility, Manitoba. He was detained until his release on May 8, 2015.

DSC01494-1024x683We learnt this true story on a stretch of road (of all places) between Maple Creek and the Trans Canada Highway turn off from none other than our biking accomplice Marcus Udokang. We blogged about catching up with him in Medicine Hat. We had pushed forward with him in tow except he camped where as we hotelled. It was just coincidental we crossed paths going in opposite directions today.

How the story came about was us sharing with him a possible destination we were going to be passing through when we hit Manitoba. The ex-killer now resides there apparently and as long as he takes his med’s, we should be as safe as houses! Marcus is a cycling wikipedia on wheels that knows how to keep others on the edge of their bike seat grinning as much as grimacing!

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DSC01516-1024x683The banter about us Kiwi’s being soft and needing a security remote at the end of each days ride was motivation for us to arrive at Gull Lake with a blustery west wind keeping our bums on the front of the seats naturally. And then deciding to harden up and camp it versus stay at a motel.

He who smiles last, smiles the largest.

Except there was no remote. And no pillow!

That caused grimaces!