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post #11 of 139 (permalink) Old 08-30-2005, 11:20 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the heads up. I'll fire my fact-checker...

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post #12 of 139 (permalink) Old 08-30-2005, 11:26 AM
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Keep going!!!! I missed my long trip this summer and I need MORE!!!!!

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Where is the next installment?

I am on the edge of my seat!


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sorry guys...been soooper busy lately. I promise I'll post more this week!

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Will he ever make it out of the campground?


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He made it out of the campground...

Grrr....stupid life, getting in the way of things...


The meal that I had at the campground tasted amazing. I'm sure a lot of you can relate, but this was really my first experience with the phenomenon where food somehow tastes so much more amazing after a long day on the road. I had heard others talk about it and it was one of the things I was looking forward to finding out for myself.

A braised red wine stew with egg noodles, a garden salad, a microbrew and homemade strudel with ice cream. Say no more.

The campground is about 75 km east of Sault Ste. Marie, so the next day the plan was to get up early and have coffee and breakfast in the Sault and to make my way from there. One of the pieces of advice I was given was that it's best to get miles in as early as possible, so I had a plan to get up at 6 am every morning and to ride for a couple of hours before stopping somewhere to have breakfast. I am no morning person, but I was up at 6, had my camp broken and was on the road by 6:40 am.

Just in time, too, because as I was pulling out from the campsite the rain started. An even, methodical drizzle, nothing I can't handle. I have good raingear....

It's been weeks since this area's had rain, so everyone in the area is ecstatic about it. A local at a gas station told me that there are some big hydro-electric projects going on north of the Sault, and that they've had to stop because of the risk of forest fires.

In the Sault, I'm at the Tim Horton's and I ask some old-timers if they have heard the weather forecast. It leads to a conversation about the bike, where I'm going, etc. I tell them my plan to ride through Northern Ontario, north of Lake Superior, and they trade looks between themselves like I'm nuts.

Now, I've heard a lot about the ride north of Superior, and so I've prepared myself as best I can. They proceed to warn me to get fuel every chance I get, because you never know where the next open gas station will be. This is compounded by the fact that my bike takes premium, and so even if they're open, I don't know if they're going to have high-test stuff.

They also tell me to watch out for the moose.

Now, I've never actually seen a moose, I was born and raised in Toronto, 4.5 million people in the GTA. I'm not a country-boy, not really the outdoors type. Again, I've heard the moose bit, but something in their eyes, the way they looked at each other really hit home. And 30 minutes later, when I saw a moose carcass on the side of the road, surrounded by broken glass and plastic, I sat up and started paying more attention to the "beware of moose" signs on the side of the road. The thing was huge - there was no way I would have survived an impact. They wander up onto the road and the demolish cars - some of the moose actually walk away from the collisions.

It ended up being a weird, unsettled day. From rain, to looking like it's going to rain any moment, to crazy fog, to beautiful. For most of the day it was really hot, which made dressing very difficult. I don't feel comfortable not wearing my jacket, and it was swelteringly muggy under the raingear. Because the weather was so unsettled, the raingear kept going on and off...

I stop for the day in a place called Schreiber. I had seen a sign for a room for a place called the Barrel Inn, $37 a night. My hopes were not high, but I wanted to keep my hotel budget under $50 a night, so away I went.

The place was awesome, a quiet, clean little room, with an outdoor hot tub and a sauna. Can't ask for much more than that after a long day.

Dinner was in Terrace Bay, about 15 minutes away, and at 6 pm on a beautiful sunny Sunday evening, I hit a spot check for drunk drivers. It was a little surreal, but when I thought about it a little bit later, it made sense. They held the spotcheck at the only time when they knew they wouldn't catch anyone, I think. There's nothing else to do up there...

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I know that area.

I flew over it in May, when I flew out to the rockies. I remember looking down and thinking of what a challenge it would be to ride along that road.

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Sounds like a fun trip to me, oomis, thanks for the recap!

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Next installment, please.
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post #20 of 139 (permalink) Old 11-13-2005, 08:59 PM
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Hey Osmosis?

You can't leave us hanging!

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