Awoke early this am at 5:30 am, or 6:30 am… very confusing part of this part of the country is figuring out what time zone you are living in. At random people in the area pick what they want, many go with Thunder Bay time as it is just 60 km from Upsala, though the true boundary line for Eastern time is 25 km from the village. It would have been great as a teenager for an excuse when you were late in getting home. So we have lost another hour but the good news is we are now on the same place on the clock face.
I loved the stillness of the site early this morning, the photos give you a glimpse. This small resort and campsite is the base for fishing trips along the 38 km river leading to a reservation where a lot of the tribal celebrations take place. This is a big attraction for many Americans who come here to fish for walleye, not pickeral as I and many others would call the fish. I am not sure what happens here in the winter but it is a thriving area during the summer months.
We started our ride, 91 km, to Kakabeka a little after 8:00 am, enjoying this perfect day with a helping wind. Well, almost perfect day. Here is a photo of the road which takes a little bit of the ‘perfect’ away as the bike lane varies from two feet to zero, taking lots of concentration and no room for error with trucks and other vehicles very close. I have gained a lot of respect for the truck drivers, who have been very courteous and always giving us space when they can, the exception being when traffic is coming towards them. It would be nice if Ontario would provide the same safety to the trucks and cyclists as the other provinces that we have visited.
After settling into the site we prepared for the trip to Thunder Bay by car. Our first stop was at Petries bicycle shop to pick up Hugh’s bike and to drop off mine for a tune and a new front tire. It has done well, taking me over 4000 km, when I count in training rides and our 3000 km to date. While we waited I found a barber shop, $18 later, I have a great haircut, and will be much cooler now.
Arrived back to the sight around 6:00 pm and enjoyed a relaxing dinner of hamburgers and extras. Off to bed to rest for the 120 km+ ride planned for tomorrow.
Good night, Sid.