Susanne Island

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    • Day 45

      🌧️ ❌ ♾️ = Motel

      June 15, 2023 in Canada ⋅ 🌧 15 °C

      Struck down by another endless rainy day that totally extinguished even the bright and ever-positive mood of Sanj.

      After 30 miles of downpour we gave in.

      Blind River presented itself a crappy Motel, and we jumped at the chance. The motelier knew we were at his mercy - we were both drenched, mud-spattered and wheeling filthy bikes...the 'deluxe sea view' rooms were round the back, tiny, smelly, had interesting mould patterns crawling across the walls of the bathrooms and the 'sea' could only be seen after walking 4m outside. I maxed out the heating and turned on the air-con before rapidly turning the latter off due to the foul decaying stench it kicked out. Neither of us cared; shelter cures many ills.

      Laundry. Coffee. Beer. Food.

      I asked the waitress in that evening's restaurant what the"White Fish" was on the menu.

      "White" she's replied

      Perfect. We ordered two. They were fresh and delicious.


      The morning was thankfully brighter as we set off for Bruce Mines. Sanj sung as he cycled behind me and occasionally dropped one of the 5 thousand Free Tibet leaflets he'd had printed into farmers' mailboxes. I wondered what the average Mennonite's opinion might be on the geopolitical issues surrounding Tibetans.

      What with leafletting, taking interviews, organising protests and communicating with his supporters/funders, progress wasn't all together fast. Sanj is supposed to be doing the Trans Canada Highway - a lovely flat, sometimes well maintained road with a hard shoulder that varies between 2m of beautiful cleanly defined tarmac .... and ditch. I've heard of others who've chosen this route and can't quite understand why -:would cycling the edge of the M25 41 times be pleasurable even if it had pretty views? Complete with potholes, tyre fragments, random bits of rusting metal, a zoological bounty of roadkill, not to mention the unforgiving and endless speeding by ofa semis, RVs, caravans and trucks; I think I'll stick with the trail.... at least as much as possible.

      Sanj didn't quite understand why I was suggesting a longer route (TCT), although to be fair I'm learning there's a bit of a communications issue as many of my questions result in a standard "Yes brother" response.

      Still, he seems happy to follow for now, so we spin on together....and my Superior Thunder Bay problem looms ever closer.
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    • Die Straße am Mississagi

      September 2, 2019 in Canada ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

      Heute ist Laborday. Feiertag. Für micmchwieder die beste Zeit Kilometer zu machen ohne all zu viele Trucks auf der Straße. Un um ehrlich zu sein wünche ich mir in Ontario bald ein E- bike her denn auf der Straße passiert einfach mal gar nichts über hunderte Kilometer. Wenn wo anders Entfernungen in Stunden gerechnet werden so sollte man hier schon eher in Tagen planen. Das ganze Wald - See - Wald mag ja für Kanu und Kajakfahrer ganz interessant sein. Dafür muss man sein Boot aber wieder erst hundert Kilometer irgendwo hinfahren und zudem noch wissen wo es schön ist. Der Wald sagt einem nicht dass dahinter vielleicht noch etwas anderes kommt. Oder man kommt auf der Straße gar nicht erst hin.
      Nach gut siebzig Kilometern bin ich am Mississagi River angekommen. Ein schöner Fluss an dem sich die Strasse über dreißig Kilometer bis zum nächsten Dorf schlängelt. Weite Auen geben Platz für ein paar Reiher und Kraniche. Und überall wo eine Brücke über einen Nebenarm geht lohnt sich ein Abstecher für kleine Wasserfälle und Stromschnellen. Aber auch da sieht es mit der Tierwelt in Ontario sehr mau aus.
      Allgeimein sollte ich jetzt Acht geben wo ich lang fahre und immer! Mit Warnweste fahren, wildcampen im Wald unterlassen und mich registrieren wenn ich irgendwo wandern gehe. Mit dem Ende der Ferien beginnt heute die Jagdsaison. Im Wald knallen die Büchsen nur so.
      Ein paar wenige schöne Eindrücke vom Wegesrand habe ich dann doch noch gefunden.
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    • Day 6

      Blind River

      June 14, 2023 in Canada ⋅ ☁️ 17 °C

      Brrr. Chilly starting out this morning, only 9 degrees C!

      Stopped to see Aguasabon Falls & Gorge. Beautiful, but the mosquitoes were horrific!

      Had lunch in Wawa, home of the Wawa Goose - one of the most photographed monuments in North America and Stompin' Tom Connors sang about her! LOL

      It was my turn to drive, and wouldn't you know it? Five minutes down the road, the fog rolled in! I don't know which was worse - having to navigate through the fog or Garry filching and gasping beside me!

      Anyway, we made it to Blind River. Boondocking at the harbour. Hoping for a beautiful sunrise tomorrow.
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