Thunder Bay

We arrived in Thunder Bay late Thursday, we were pretty stoked to finally reach our destination and to see our beautiful baby. We were treated very well by our wonderful hosts, we had a delightful time as we reconnected with family and explored this beautiful city.

Some things we did:

  • Visited Grand Marais, Minnesota
  • Chartered a Fishing Boat, came home with fish.
  • Saw the Aurora Borealis, what an incredible light show!
  • Saw 2 shooting stars
  • Went to see the beautiful Kakabeka Falls
  • Explored the city of Thunder Bay
  • Explored the Sleeping Giant
  • Tried Finish Pancakes, and ate at many different restaurants.
  • Spent a full day at Excalibur Motorcycle Works.

The zipper on Larry's motorcycle jacket broke during the last stop we made, just before we got to Thunder Bay, so on Friday morning (our first full day) I did a google search and found a tailor who was willing to fix the zipper in a short time, so we dropped it off at Russell Tailors, while we were there, they suggested we try going to The Hoito for breakfast. Cam was able to join us there, which was fun, the place was crazy busy but worth the wait. We tried Finish Pancakes for the first time and Larry was hooked, he had them every time they were available when we went out for breakfast after that.

Then we went to Excalibur, one of Larry's tail lights had fallen in a wrong direction - the mechanic with much persistence did a great job fixing it. While that was happening, I bought a great new pair of motorcycle gloves, they are so comfortable and the prices were decent. When we were ready to leave, Larry couldn't get his bike started, it seemed like the battery died. Larry (I think he was the owner) and his great staff, spent a great deal of time doing a bunch of tests, sometimes while studying an old Suzuki manual and after a while, getting advice from our local Suzuki dealer, they were very patient as they were counting down the hours before the long weekend started. They were a great group of people, who did their job throughly, I was really impressed. I enjoyed chatting with them, we got a lot of great advice and Larry learned a lot and enjoyed the experience.

We did a lot of sight seeing, it's such a pretty part of our province, and it was especially fun to explore it with a couple of locals. We tried out a lot new restaurants, had dinner with friends, did some shopping, Larry and Cam went fishing and brought home dinner, which was fun for them and eating it was fun for us.

One night I had trouble sleeping, I gave up after a bit and thought I would read or something, as I was heading to the living room couch, I saw the balcony doors and felt really tempted to go outside. When I stepped onto the balcony I saw the most amazing view, there before my eyes was the Northern Lights, I just stood, mesmerized for a long time. I finally sat down and look over a bit, I saw 2 shooting stars, I had never seen one before, it was amazing, the sky was very active that night. After a while I realized that Larry would love to see this also, so I woke him up and we sat on the balcony just watching at an incredible light show.

We had planned to leave early Thursday morning but it was looking like rain in the forecast, so we decided to leave late in the afternoon on Wednesday instead, hoping to beat the system. So we packed up, and were soon on our way again, this time we were headed to Marathon and eventually back home. Leaving wasn't easy but we had a good time re-connecting, and we were excited to continue our homeward journey.

Exploring the Sleeping Giant, there is an area where people put there names on the rocks. It's fun, as you can see I left my name.

Downtown
Downtown

Almost There

Brrrrr, it was cold out today as we began the last leg of our journey, we had our second breakfast before we left Longlac, we were pretty relaxed, we had about 300km left to drive and it seemed pretty do able. I put on every piece of warm clothing I had, I counted 5 layers in all. We stopped in Beardmore to fill up our tanks,

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and to check the biggest giant snowman in Ontario.

So much fun to discover so many small towns in Ontario, I truly live in a great province.

The ride was pretty straight forward, the closer we got to Thunder Bay, the prettier the view, on one side we had mountains and on the other side, water.  We stopped at a couple of rest stops, they are incredible.

At one of the rest stops, a fellow traveler offered both of us a bottle of water, I thought that was pretty generous of him, he was from Montreal and headed west.

Second rest stop:

The ride was pretty painless, although it's pretty incredible how some people drive, I was tailgated by 2 transport trucks, one was pulled over by the police and the other showed up soon after, and stayed for a while. It's a 2 lane highway with a passing lane every so many km's, it seems like people get pretty impatient. There are a lot of transport trucks and trailers on the highway and they seem to feel quite comfortable passing, regardless of whether the passing line permits it or not.

We made to Thunder Bay around 4:30pm, I was pretty stocked because we finally made it and I knew the 'pot of gold' was about to happen.

Thunder Bay, Day 2

Sunday was amazing! We had a great day. We are now in Midland, Ontario after riding what felt like 'all day'.

I woke up early in the morning, it was 7:30, with energy and determination, we decided to get going as quickly as possible, it surprisingly took us an hour to 'hit the road'. There was a lot of dark cloud cover, our hope was to out run any potential storm, so we made small goals. The first goal was Goderich, Ontario, which we did in good time, the clouds look less menacing as we rode on.

In Goderich we stopped at McDonalds where we tried the  'True North BLT McMuffin', it was the best breakfast I ever had there. I was hurrying Larry, he ended up taking his coffee in the bathroom with him, I thought that was pretty funny.

We went from Goderich to Collingwood, it was a great day of driving, we had clouds over head the whole day but the ride was breath taking at times. It got pretty hilly which is something that doesn't happen in our area, looking ahead the road appeared like a ribbon stretched out before us, going up, always leading the way. It was so fun reaching the top of a hill and getting an incredible view of whatever was below.

The most impressive site was when we reached an exceptionally high hill and just before we went down we got a clear view of Georgian Bay and Collingwood, it was breathtaking. Then we went down hill and up again and were treated to the same view.

We found ourselves at A & W for lunch, it was seriously so good but I could have just been super sonic hungry. Once there, we googled for a potential place to stay. That's when we decided to go to Midland, the ride from Collingwood to Midland was about an hour, the best part of that trip was a small area that was lined with massive pine tree's, it felt very majestic.

Leaving A & W and getting ready to go again

We got to our hotel in Midland, relaxed a bit and then went across the street to Kelsey's for an evening snack, it was a beautiful night, we sat out on the porch, and toasted our success for how far we came that day.

A sunset picture that did not do the sunset justice.

We went for a walk after wards, and came across this sign, it was directly opposite of, what looks like a two tire  dirt path.  The sign seemed random.

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Around 2am the predicted storm woke me up with its loud thunder, so glad I was in bed by then.

I need sleep for the long day tomorrow.

Day 3