Cross Canada Cycle Blog

Friday July 26, 2013. Day Off We have had a wonderful and relaxing visit with John and Ruth at their lovely home overlooking Lake Huron. Today, we walked around Tobermory, learning about its history and culture. Ruth was born and brought up in the town. The Visitors Centre of the Bruce Peninsula National Park gave us a valuable oversight of the ...

Thursday July 25, 2013. Day 53 Manitowaning to South Baymouth It was  a short ride in glorious sunshine to the ferry at South Baymouth. The southern part of the island is rolling hills, interspersed with farmland. We passed  a number of Sandhill Cranes that rattled loudly at us, presumably protecting their young. On the road, we met two cyclists from a Cycle Canada ...

Wednesday July 24, 2013. Day 52 Espanola to Manitowaning We learned today that a couple from Ontario, who were also cycling across Canada, were killed yesterday after being struck by a pick-up truck on Highway 17 (the TransCanada),  east of Thunder Bay. Robert and Irene Booth were part of a Tour du Canada group cycling from Vancouver. They were just slightly older ...

Tuesday July 23, 2013. Day 51 Iron Bridge to Espanola The day started with smoked whitefish scrambled eggs for Paul and pancakes made with a homemade recipe with sautéed  apples, for Lois. We chatted with one of the owners, whose partner is the chef. They have operated the motel for 15 summers. Business is not as good as before as they have ...

Monday July 22, 2013. Day 50 Sault Ste Marie to Iron Bridge Despite espresso and a latte at Dish, grilled cheese and vegetarian Denver sandwiches in Desbarats, ice cream in Bruce Mines and a wonderful salad with smoked whitefish, blue cheese and avocado at the Red Top Motor Inn in Iron Bridge, it was a really tough day. The headwinds were at ...

Sunday July 21, 2013. Day Off Today we explored Sault Ste Marie, although we did discover that few businesses are open downtown, on Sundays. Eventually, we found espresso at the Delta Hotel, which we were able to have by appealing to the Maitre d’, who allowed us to sit outside on the patio, in the sunshine, before it opened officially. There ...

Saturday July 20, 2013. Day 49 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 ...

Friday July 19, 2013. Day 48 Montreal River to Batchewana Bay The thunderstorm continued into the night and it was still raining in the morning. We decided to wait it out for awhile, as our shoes were still wet from last night and we were reluctant to get soaked again. While at breakfast in the “chip wagon”, we heard two gunshots. The ...

Thursday July 18, 2013. Day 47 Wawa to Montreal River Harbour On the shores of Gichigami We had to wait until 8:00 for the Best Northern Resort restaurant to open for breakfast, but it was worth it for both the espresso (made with a Jura machine – and the only espresso machine in Wawa, according to the owner) and crispy pancakes with ...

Wednesday July 17, 2013. Day 46 White River to Wawa This is a vast and beautiful country! We have now cycled over 4000 km, more than half of our expected total. 1/4 of this distance has been in Ontario. It was a good day – the hills were smaller and the temperature cooler. We started off in rain, but the system moved ...