Tales of Ontario Past

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Better late than never. So we left off in Thunder Bay.

On our second day in Thunder Bay, we were treated to a fantastic breakfast. After that Alex gave us a tour of the area. She showed us notable spots around Thunder Bay, unfortunately it was foggy so we couldn’t see Sleeping Giant. We did get to see the Terry Fox memorial, which is on a road that you can’t bike or walk on… Kinda ironic for a memorial dedicated to a guy that was on foot.

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Alex also took us to see Kakabeka Falls.

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We were told it was a good time to see it, as it is not always as epic. We spent another night in Thunder Bay and decided to check out The Sovereign, on Emily’s recommendation.

We got some local brew and had the best burger we have had on this trip!

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The next day was a late start, we didn’t leave Thunder Bay until about 3pm. I had to get a new tire, since mine was pretty bald.

We had stopped to get a cold drink and who should we run into but the dynamic trio: Wyatt, Charles, and Jacob (remember them from before?)! Turns out they had a late start as well.

So we decided to bike together again. In the evening we ran into the only other cyclist heading west, other than the three we were biking with. His name was Francois, he started in Ottawa. So we headed out together, after grabbing  a couple bottles of wine of course!

We planned on staying in a rest area on the map, but it turns out that rest areas on the map don’t always exist. So after chasing a couple of these we decided to just sleep on the side of a road just off the highway. Unfortunately the bugs forced us to drink our wine quickly and hop in our tents.

Francois got a much earlier start than the rest of us. Eventually the rest of us got on the road. The wind and rain that day got the better of Pete and I, so we called a halfday in Upsala, grabbed a campsite, and had a shower. The other guys went on and managed a 150km day!

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The issue with Upsala is that the mosquitoes are big enough to carry you away!

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The next day was a big day, not in that we covered a lot of ground, but because we met lots of interesting people. First we encountered this waterfall.

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Shortly after the falls we met Boyd. Boyd is walking across Canada (and back!) for mental health awareness. Here is his blog: http://canforrest.blogspot.ca

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We stayed and chatted with Boyd for a long time. Good luck on your journey! Let us know if you will be near Peterborough anytime after September, we will put you up and feed you!

Later that day we ran into Frank and Shiela.

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Yes, he is biking towing that huge trailer and his hundred pound sheppard. He is raising money for abused and homeless pets (shielas.blogspot.ca). Shiela was a sweetheart.

A couple days came and went as we continued biking and camping…

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One day we stopped at a rest area and met a guy from Italy named Andrea (spelling?). He is hitching around Canada and came over to strike up a conversation. I hope his travels continue to be interesting.

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At the same rest area we also met Martin.

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He is biking across Canada to raise money and awareness about mental health resources for veterans. He is also talking and reaching out to veterans along the way. We had a great chat with him. His blog is: http://www.yourlifecounts.org/
Best of luck on your journey!

That day we made Kenora, and grabbed a campsite near downtown. After that we went to the local brew pub, Lake of the Woods.

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We enjoyed the pub so much, we decided to stay a second day… The next day we went for breakfast and met another cyclist named Mark.

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Mark was great and we spent a long time with him chatting and talking about routes and whatnot. It was partly because of him that we decided to change the route we were taking through the Rockies, but I am getting ahead of myself.

Kenora was a pretty cool town. We spent our second night at a rest area in town.

The next day we said goodbye to Ontario and hello to Manitoba!

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We went through Whiteshell provincial park and arrived at Rennie. Here we stayed with Pete’s friend Lee, who is a fire fighter.

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Lee took us to his friends place in the park for some wakeboarding. I failed to get it up, but Pete was up for a bit. Sorry no pictures, I didn’t want to drop my phone overboard. Lee was great and he really knows how to handle that grasshopper!

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The next day we continued on our way. At one point I stopped to ask for some cold water and they were really nice. They even gave me some orange juice. We stayed and chatted with them and cooled down. Sadly we had to get back on the road.

The following day we stopped to get a cold drink.  While we were making some sandwiches outside one of the waitresses at the restaurant invited us into the air conditioning. We decided we might as well grab a coffee, but when we went to pay she insisted it was on the house! People continue to be amazing.

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Finally we made it to Winnipeg. We hit up the MEC, since we needed to resupply. Unfortunately my helmet was falling apart; a few accidents and some trips down the stairs will do that in 7 years I guess. So I had to get a new one.

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This trip is becoming more expensive than I expected.

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Afterwards we hit up the King’s Head; we had to get our local brew for Manitoba after all.

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Sooo many taps!

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Turns out I am a natural at urinal soccer!

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We stayed with some great guys (David, David, Caleb, Marcus).

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They put us up and David is a brewer, so we got to sample some of the homebrew! We enjoyed some great conversation and David gave us some route tips.

The next day we were off. We are really in the prairies now, so flat. We made it almost to Portage La Prairie that day.

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We camped just beside the Trans Canada.

The next morning we continued on our way. We made it past Portage La Prairie and decided not to take highway 16 to the north… Of course we decided this after we had went 8km before we decided this. So we went back to the wide shoulder of highway 1. We made excellent time today. We are currently camping in a rest area beside the highway. I have to start writing these blogs more frequently, these long ones are annoying to write. It is hard to remember what has happened, I have probably left some stuff out. The important point to take home is that people are awesome.

And now for no reason other than it is awesome, here is a picture of my friend Bloy and his daughter Cambria.

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Too tired to proofread, hopefully I didn’t make too many mistakes.

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