Batchewana Bay to Sault Ste Marie
It was a beautiful morning as we cycled around the bay. We savoured our last view of the lake as we shared a delicious apple fritter from the Voyageur Cookhouse. The road is falling apart at the edges on the stretch into Sault Ste Marie. Unfortunately, that is where we have to cycle. At Chippewa Falls, we saw a plaque commemorating the cross Canada trek of one Dr Doolittle in 1925. He did this by a car, which could go on rails when necessary. He was promoting the idea of a route to join the country together and is credited with the idea of the trans Canada highway. When trying to negotiate the potholes and cracked narrow shoulder, we thought how different it might have been had he used a bicycle!
Before we got to the “Soo”, there was one more hill of note. Mile Hill is mentioned in all of the blogs as being tough. One cyclist, though, said that it was no worse than some others on the trip except this one has a name! We agreed, but were pleased (and satisfied with ourselves) when we got to the top. Also mentioned by others is a bike store called Velorution on the outskirts of Sault St. Marie. They have a campsite which is free for X Canada cyclists. They were very welcoming. We signed their guest book, had free espresso and bought a new pair of gloves for Lois.
This time, we had decided to stay downtown and are close to the water and the old Algoma Central Railway Station and also within walking distance of the Timely Manner restaurant, where we had one of the best meals of our trip. We have a day off tomorrow.
We are on the traditional territory of the Garden River First Nation.