We’ve been home exactly a week today.
We travelled a total of 38oo km, and encountered all kinds of weather, including extreme heat, rain, really cold mornings & thunder storms, we ate out at a lot of restaurants and stayed in a few hotels. We met many people, and saw views that were spectacular.
Even though it was hard to say goodbye to Sarah, it was fun to continue our adventure. We left Sarah’s 14 hours earlier than we originally planned, it was our hope to avoid some bad weather that was predicted. Unfortunately, that didn’t really work out for us.
After leaving Thunder Bay, our goal was pretty easy, we stayed in Marathon, Ontario. We were taking highway #17 and we were delighted with the sights that surrounded us. It seemed like every turn or every time we descended a hill there was a beautiful scene for us, a lot of water, lakes, and inlets, so many trees, hills, and bends. There were a few ‘look out’ places that we stopped at, and because it was getting late, we got to see the sun setting, it was all pretty breathtaking.
The thing about doing something like this is that you meet the most interesting people, once we got to our hotel and brought our stuff in we went out to a local bar/pub, it was pretty much the only place open and it was in walking distance. Just before we entered we were greeted by a few people standing just outside the door, one seemed particularly drunk/high and insisted on high ‘5’ ing Larry, I just walked in. I really felt like having a glass of wine, they only had single serving bottles, I’ve only seen that on airplanes before.
Anyway, it was fun, talking to the few people who were there, eating chicken wings while we watched the only employee working hard, trying to close up. She actually did us a favor by cooking us the chicken wings, I was grateful. The last 15 minutes or so everyone in the place ended up sitting around the bar and chatting with each other.
The next day we got cocky, and slept in, I feel like we really paid for this when we encountered the thunder storms later that day, my visibility was almost non existent, I wanted to get off the highway, I finally saw a driveway ahead, I wasn’t sure where it led but I did see a lot of lights. It turned out to be a motel, which was next to a car dealership. We stood under the awning of the cheap looking motel with the blessing of the owner. When the rain seemed to slow down a bit we took off again, we were trying to get to Wawa, no sooner than we started out again the rain let loose, by time we got to Wawa we were soaked, every inch of us, we were drenched. We stopped at a restaurant that looked like it was a resort, the only thing I remember about it was the huge goose on top. We were delighted to get a coffee and some breakfast, we changed our jeans & socks and were able to put the other things in the dryer. Our creativity really showed up when we put plastic bags over our feet so our clean socks would stay dry. We were feeling better with dry clothes and having eaten, I felt so grateful for dry pants as we headed towards our destination, Sault Ste. Marie. Our rough day turned out to be a good one as we ended the day at the Ambassador Motel, it was recommended to me by my good friend Kim and we ordered food from Giovanni’s Restaurant, it was so good.
On Friday (the next day), after riding for about an hour, we pulled off highway #17 and took #17B, and once again the scenery was awesome. We had a great breakfast at Sunset Beach Restaurant in Thessalon, Ontario. It was fun to talk to our server about riding because she and her husband also rode and when she got home from work they were going to head out for a ride. She was so excited, and it was pretty easy to get excited with her, she showed us pictures of their bikes on her phone.
It was a long ride that day but we ran into a few other riders, a hitchhiker, and her dog before we ended up in Sudbury.
Our last night (Saturday) we splurged, we stayed at The Treehouse Bed & Breakfast in Flesherton, Ontario. It was called ‘the suite’, and that is pretty much what it was. We had a great night, relaxing outside, sitting close to Lake Eugenia and surrounded by a scenic backyard, then going in and watching old movies & drinking wine, while snuggling.
It took us a while to get home the next day but it sure did feel good once we got here, it was pretty late and we were exhausted and sore but we felt great!