Thunder Bay - Day 4

492f70d7-bdec-4ff6-8328-9f2c6b9029bb Our bikes, sitting pretty before just before we leave Temiskaming Shores, our destination, Kapuskasing.

The first part of our ride was uneventful but pretty, we made our first stop  at one of the rest stops along the highway.

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Larry promised me a bountiful selection of restaurants when we got to Cochrane, I was a bit disappointed with a selection or I just couldn't find them. I decided on Harvey's/Swiss Chalet, I never saw that combination before. Larry had a hamburger and I had chicken on bread, smothered with gravy (comfort food).

We had 120km left, I thought it was going to be easy breezy, the sky was blue with fluffy white(ish) clouds, until about 1/2 way to Kap a small little cloud found its way above us and let go of the moisture it contained, we got soaked, I had rain going down the inside of my jacket, I could feel it dripping as it traveled down my back, rain went into my boots, my socks were soaked. Everything was wet, Larry pulled over to check on me, I was concerned about my computer so I took this time, to put a rain cover on the bag I had it in and proceeded to tie it down, the rain started slowing down and by time we were ready to go, a few minutes later, the rain had stopped.

By time we got to Kapuskasing I was pretty dry except for area's that didn't get the wind, like my feet.

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Jo-Anne was pretty excited to see us and started snapping pictures right away.

I took a shower at her place, I peeled my boots off and my jeans were soaked underneath. The shower felt great and being dressed in dry clothing felt pretty good too.

We went over to Jo-Anne's son's house and had a bbq with her family, it was so good to see everyone, meet the one's I hadn't met, catch up with Jo-Anne and relax.

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We slept in James & Paige's guest room that night and were ready to get going in the morning.

We went to the Back to the Grind for breakfast and met up with Jo-Anne and Kerry (her daughter), and got to see Paige again because she works there. We had a delicious breakfast, I would recommend this place if you're in the area, and had more fun hanging out with friends.

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We appreciated all the advice about the rest of our journey, we were told where we could fill up and how little there was in different areas.

And then we were off again, this time our destination was Longlac.

 

Thunder Bay, Day 3

The storm finally caught up with us, I could hear thunder and the rain at 2am and felt pretty happy that I was tucked in my bed and dry and cozy.We woke up to a dark and cloudy sky, and wet bikes. It got progressively darker as we were packing up, but there was no rain predicted. We headed out to highway #400, where I wasted 8km going the wrong way, I got on the on-ramp going south toward Toronto so we had to turn around at the next exit. Once we were going the right way, we could see fog ahead and it was still pretty cloudy. The ride was still pretty, the area is really rocky, in fact they had to blow up a lot of the rock to make the highway, and at times there is a wall of rock on either side of the highway, which on this day, with everything still damp from the rain the night before, the rock was beautiful, the colour was brilliant. We soon hit the fog, which turned into a rather significant mist, we got pretty wet, but with the strong breeze, we were dry in no time.

We took highway #124, from the 400, which was the most scenic part of the day. We made a small pit stop at the Duck Rock Resort, it looked like a fun place.

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There was a lot of construction which slowed us down, but by this time the sun was coming up, at one point we passed a couple of workers trimming some pine trees, the air had a wonderful pine/Christmassy smell. One of the fun things about the bike is that you experience all the sights, sounds and smells and we were enjoying it all.

By the time we reached highway #11, Larry's gas indicator was flashing, so we took the next exit hoping to find a gas station. We stopped at the only place available and asked for directions to the closest gas station, Larry was directed to a small town called Powasson, the problem was, the directions were terrible and we were lost within 5 minutes, the biggest hint we had was the dirt road we were on. After pulling over, another couple pulled up next to us, it turned out that they were on their way to Powasson as well and as lost as we were. With help from the woman, I spelled Powasson correctly into my gps and was able to tell the couple how to get there, we went opposite way, I am hoping they eventually made it. We did, it was about 15km away and a little stressful wondering if we would make it. But we did, and we had lunch there too, a little place called Echoes, yummy.

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After lunch, Larry wanted to go run an errand at the hardware store so he left me his wallet so I could pay the bill, which I did, then I grabbed my stuff, a jacket, helmet, gloves, keys, leftovers, and Larry's wallet, my hands were full when I got to my bike I put everything on it and proceeded to sort of my stuff, I put Larry's wallet on my saddlebag and told him it was there. With full tanks and full bellies, we drove back to the highway and tried to make up for lost time, about 20 mins of driving hard, and dealing with strong winds, passing cars and trucks, I got the sudden thought of Larry's wallet, and wondered what happened to it, I pulled over to ask him so I could have some peace about it, when I asked him about it and he started to freak out a bit, and quickly checked his pockets, I headed back to my bike to check my saddle bags and saw it just sitting there, on top of my saddle bag - I couldn't believe it was there, after all that driving, wind, mist, and huge trucks passing me - what a blessing!!

The day started to brighten up, for the rest of the day the ride was pretty uneventful and quite beautiful. We made it to our destination, Temiskaming Shores (Highbury) around dinner time. We ordered some Chinese Food and ate while facing this beautiful view.

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We then explored the area a bit,

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This is a monument to commemorate the courageous community as they battled with an uncontrollable fire in 1922.

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It's time to relax because the adventure begins again tomorrow.

 

 

Thunder Bay (or bust)

We started our journey yesterday, (Saturday) I was working all day, so the plan was, that Larry would meet me after work and we would head out. We communicated all day via texts, we were pretty excited to get started. I received this text from him in the middle of day.

Ready to go, loaded down bike (please don't look at the messy garage)

Other than starting late, everything went according to plan. My sister took some pictures of us heading out.

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off we go

We headed out on Riverside Drive and drove to Chatham, by time we got to Mama Maria's, I was over hungry (I should have listened to Louise who was 'suggesting' I eat more) and because I was so hungry I ate to much warm, yummy, white bread which meant I got full faster, then when the main dish came out I couldn't eat very much of it but it was delicious!

Then we continued to Sarnia, we were travelling the county roads which was really picturesque - at one point, while looking toward my left, I was able to watch the sun set into some pretty dark clouds. It was an amazing ride, the temperatures dropped quite a bit and it felt so good to have left the heat behind us and feel the cool breezes.

We stayed at my sister-in-law's, who generously let us stay there in her absence - Larry jumped in the pool right away. The next step was to plan out Sunday's journey, we checked the weather, it's pretty hard not to get obsessed about the weather when riding. The weather network predicted rain and storms that were to start fairly early, we checked all the cities that would bring us to our first destination, it looked like the rain threats were going to follow us all the way to Collingwood.

We talked about staying in Sarnia an extra day, and trying to beat the rain but, in the end we went to bed with a wait and see attitude.

We do have a goal, we want to be in Thunder Bay in 4 days to visit with my beautiful daughter, it's like finding a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

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Don't forget to check out day 2 ;)

A New Highway

So far April's weather has been disappointing, I'm sitting here with the fireplace on listening to the hail/rain hit the windows, this morning it was snowing and the temperatures were below zero. Today while driving in my car with the heat blasting, I took a fairly new highway which I find somewhat exciting, the last few years there has been much construction in our area and the results are pretty impressive. This highway has made it a bit easier for me to get around and I can see a lot of trucks using the route as well.

I'm not sure how the parkway got its name but it is to be called 'The Rt. Hon. Herb Gray Parkway', and will eventually connect to the new bridge which is to be called 'The Gordie Howe International Bridge', which will help keep traffic running smoothly in Canada's busiest land border crossing city.

I am impressed with the look and convince of the new parkway, and I think it'll be good for our city especially once the bridge is built in a couple of years.

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Still February

There are not too many activities I enjoy more than being on my bike - sometimes I look longingly out the window wishing the weather would co-operate with my desires - however on days like this I'm thank full to be living in a world that has 4 separate and unique seasons. I've always loved the 4 seasons, but my desire to go for a ride has sometimes trumped these feelings. Today, however I  am in awe of the beauty that surrounds me, I am enjoying that the world seems a little quieter and  cleaner. Today I breathe deeply, absorb the artistry around me and let the feeling of peace fill me.

 

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Yesterday the weather was dreary with a rain/hail/snow combination, I found it depressing but there were many people who said 'at least it's not snow', I don't understand this sentiment. Sure, there are complaints about shovelling, which isn't always fun however today I did shovel the whole driveway with the help of my cutiepies and it was nothing but fun. So if I had to choose between snow and rain, I would pick snow and a great deal of people who live in this great city would hate me - the children however would love me! There are hills that need to be tobogganned, snowman & forts that need to be built, and snowball fights to win.

Bring on the snow!!

Weather

I've always loved living in Canada and experiencing the change of seasons, watching winter lose its grip and spring popping up as the rain helps turn my world green and gives flowers the nourishment they need to brighten days. Soon after I'm more than ready for the warm temps and sunshine that summer brings, I enjoy eating outside, beaches and outdoor fun, then just as the temps get to hot and start sapping my energy, nights start to cool down, cool breezes come in, leaves change colour, we go apple picking, the air has a crispness and I pull out my warm, comfy sweaters. Before long the clouds seem to take over, we brighten the world with colourful lights as it gets colder and darker, the clock falls back an hour and I enjoy cuddling up on my couch in front of a fire drinking coffee and feeling cozy, pretty soon snow flurries come. Eventually the world turns into a snow-filled winter wonderland, making snow people and tobogganing become the popular sport. I'm not saying it's perfect, I do get tired of wicked wind, slush, cold fingers, and my imagination becomes nonexistent when I try to think of a time where I won't be cold and overdressed. However that always gives me a deeper appreciation for the soft breezes of warmer temperatures.

However biking has brought a new impatience with weather that is not conducive for riding, I am frustrated right now with all the rain that summer has brought, I've come to expect sunshine but am getting clouds and rain - it's not fun riding in the rain.

The other day Larry and I started on what was to be an all day ride, I was really looking forward to it as it has been a while since I had ridden - the forecast assured that no rain was expected, however as we started out the clouds were heavy, the temperatures weren't bad - it was about 18°c (64°f) but there was a cool breeze blowing - by time we stopped to eat breakfast at Edna's in Belleriver I felt done. After a good breakfast where they kept the coffee coming - we just turned around and went back home.

I'm going to try to quit whining about the weather, after all - all the whining in the world won't change it and I plan to enjoy the days I do get to ride all that much more.

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This little cutie came to visit me with her sister and new baby brother and there has been surprisingly little time for riding,

 

Margo, Thelma and Phinehas Bo are here to visit.

 

The weather hasn't co-operated much lately, this could be the wettest and coldest summer we've had in a while so I don't think there would have been much riding, which is okay because I'm throughly enjoying my guests.

 

One last picture

Margo really liked my helmet.