Still Alive and Peddling

OK, it’s been some time since my last post, apparently we get no reception in Northern Ontario. We are alive and still moving. OK where did I leave off…

Well we had another Hammock hang in a pine plantation. I tried to capture the stars through the bugnet, didn’t work that well.

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Since it has been so long this will be a even less detailed than normal. After the hang we made it to Serpent River and slept in a rest area, we even had a quick dip before bed.

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The next day we met these two in Blind River at the grocery store.

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Eva and Paul started biking on the west coast in March! They are keeping a blog of their journeys (http://paulandeva.wix.com). We chatted with them for a bit and then we continued on our way.

We started to run into a lot more cyclists. We met Sunny in Bruce Mines. He had come up from the US, this was far from his first tour.

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We spent the night in a rest area just outside of town. The next day we decided to get off the highway because it was torn up for resurfacing. This detour took us to a Mennonite farm. We bought some eggs and boiled them up in the driveway. While we were doing this a couple of people came to talk to us. In the end Ezra came out and gave us two bottles of maple syrup!

This is a giant loonie in Echo Bay, just because.

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Along the way we met Bill, another fellow cyclist. Still no one going the same way as us. We took a break with him and had some eggs.

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Finally we made it to Sault Ste Marie on Canada day. We stayed at an awesome bike shop called Velorutution, which had a campsite in the back for cyclists. Andre even had beers waiting for us, since we couldn’t make it in time to hit the LCBO.

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We went downtown for food and to meet some new people. Unfortunately it rained and rained, so we went back to camp and had an early night.

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We decided to take advantage of Andre’s hospitality and spend another day in town. We met two cyclists heading to Montreal, Sebastian and Philip. We also shared a fire with Sylvano and his friend (sorry can’t remember her name). They were heading to the west coast to pick fruit for a while before continuing their adventures.

The next day we had to leave, we are trying to get across the country after all. Andre had given us some great advice for the next few days.

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We met some really nice people today. We stopped for a meal at a chip truck and met an awesome couple John and Jenn. We chatted with them and they helped boost our morale. They were heading from Calgary to Toronto.

We ended up camping here, just before Lake Superior Provincial Park. We also enjoyed some wine and a sunset.

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Eventually we made it to the park. There was this creepy abandoned garage just inside, so of course we stopped to snoop around.

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We got to the visitor centre and decided that we couldn’t make it through the rest of the park that day. So we decided to fork over the ridiculously high fees that Ontario Parks charge. We went in to see which site we wanted. As luck would have it we met two cyclists. Fern said we could setup on his site. Roger came over for a visit and we all made dinner.

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Afterwards we went to Rogers site for a fire. Rogers is keeping a blog of his adventures ( http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/Canada2014). The best part of this trip is all the great people we meet!

I think we made it to Wawa the next day. A local let us know about an abandoned RV park where we could camp, but first we needed to grab a couple caesars. A guy from Florida, Jim, came out to talk to us. He invited us to his table and we chatted with him and his wife. In the end he paid for our caesars!

Finally we got to our campsite.

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The next day we decided to go on a bike ride.

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Not many pictures today, the tinman is all you get. We made it to White River and slept in a Winnie the Pooh park. The next morning we met this guy.

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He said the hair and beard started as a lost bet that turned into a dotcom (http://lemonadeforkids.com/).

Next stop Marathon. We foolishly listened to google and ended up heading in via the worst sandy trail imaginable. Eventually we made it to Jillian’s place. She put us up for the night and fed us some delicious home cooking. We played some Yahtzee. Her son Asa showed us how to roll the dice and plant orange seeds.

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Well fed and rested we got some groceries and made ready to leave Marathon. We ran into Carol Lynne (hope I spelled it right) and chatted with her. She offered to let us setup in her backyard in Terrace Bay. Of course we had to get there first.

Ontario has some big hills, lots of them. Luckily the views make it worth the effort. I didn’t take many pictures because I was either panting up a hill or flying down the other side.

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We stopped at a restaurant/campground for some lunch and met Anne.

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Like most cyclists we meet she covers much more ground in a day than us. After some conversation it was time for us to continue.

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We made it to Terrace Bay and made some dinner. Afterwards we biked over to Carol Lynne’s place and met her husband Gary. They also had a pack of dogs! They offered us a cold beer and started a fire. Gary even gave us some of his fresh smoked trout! We chatted with them for a bit and then it was time for bed. Did I mention the view from their backyard?

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After I had a shower the next morning we were on our way. We ran into a cyclist, Charles, whose bike had broke and he had to hitchhike to Thunder Bay to get it fixed (we ran into these guys before, but I forgot to mention it).

We met some other cyclists along the way.

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Kevin is doing his ride to raise money and awareness about a rare genetic disorder that his niece has.

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Later that day we ran into the rest of the group that Charles is biking with, Wyatt and Jacob. We biked the last 50 or so km to Nipigon with them.

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We got there, relatively late, and shared a campsite and fire down by the water. These are the first people we have seen going the same way as us.

The next day we decided to bike together to Thunder Bay. We met Ed on the road and stopped to chat with him.

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He has cycled a lot of places in his time. Eventually we met up with Charles, he had biked out from Thunder Bay since his bike was fixed in record time. So we continued onward.

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Eventually we parted ways, but it is likely we will meet on the road again, and probably tomorrow for some beers.

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So we made it to Thunder Bay! My friend Emily set us up with a place to stay with her awesome family. They fed us great food and some booze. They really spoiled us.

Now I am lying in their basement writing this blog, all I want to do is sleep. It was really hard to remember what has happened in the last few weeks. For us time is measured more in km, but really we are barely aware of the days.

DISCLAIMER I am too tired to proofread this, so hopefully there aren’t any really bad errors. I am sure I forgot to mention a few events and people.

I can’t remember when it happened but one day a torrential rain started and a nice lady named Brenda called us over to her garage before we got soaked. Just wanted to say thanks again for that!

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6 thoughts on “Still Alive and Peddling

  1. Wow that is so sweet that you remembered me. You guys are difficult to forget. Just happy that you got out of the rain. Too bad we didn’t take any photos. Did you make it to Sauld Ste Marie for Canada day and did you get you get rained on after leaving here? You two were so sweet and it was wonderful meeting you. Take care and have fun, Brenda Skibinsky

  2. I really enjoy following your journey with this blog that comes in my email guys. I feel like I’m right along with you, great writing and wonderful photos. Excited to read and see more! Safe and happy trip! BTW Brenda the nice lady who called you under her carport out of the rain is my friend and she sure is a wonderful lady…bless her heart.

  3. You Guys are the Tits! Getting a little Gaunt there, but lookin’ good. I especially enjoy how large Pete’s beard is getting. Like, could you give me an avarage length per KM on that thing? Anyway, glad to see you’re still alive. I thought you were done for sure after such a long stint between Posts. Guess we’ll see you next in Manitoba? At least it will get a little flatter for the easy ridin’. It’ll be good to catch up with you guys when you get home…. If you ever do 🙂 Take care fellers.

    ~ Gregster

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