Week 9! From Lake Superior to Lake Huron (July 12-18)

Having some rest time in Sault Ste Marie and then making our way through Northern Ontario and headed towards Ottawa!  It is fairly slow and stressful going in this stretch of the Trans Canada Highway.  The shoulders are very inconsistent, the traffic moves fast

July 12th: 6km around Sault Ste Marie – lots of relaxing as we got in late the night before.  I got my bike checked over at Velorution in town.  What a nice bike shop!  We also ran into Marcus who we had met back in BC!  He’s also crossing the country but got sick a few days so was able to catch up with us. I also got interviewed by The Soo newspaper as Jeff, our warmshowers host, knew a reporter!  I went back to our hotel that was graciously donated by the Algoma Water Tower Inn!  Thank you for your support!

Water Tower Inn in SSM

Water Tower Inn in SSM

fancy running into Marcus again, 3500 km later!

fancy running into Marcus again, 3500 km later!

July 13th: 5km around Sault Ste Marie – Today was an errands and refilling supplies day!     JJ , the owner of the hotel, sat us all down for a lovely chat in his office.

hanging out at the Inn with JJ and Jean!

hanging out at the Inn with JJ and Jean!

July 14th: 120km to Iron Bridge, ON – this was a long muddy/wet ride.  Thankfully we had some decent rest back in SSM.  So lucky to have John and Regina Ross hosting us in their beautiful cabin.  What a sight for sore eyes, it was.

the awful shoulder on Hwy 17/Trans Canada Highway

the awful shoulder on Hwy 17/Trans Canada Highway

with the Ross' at their cabin!

with the Ross’ at their cabin!

July 15th: 77km to Espanola, ON – We had to take a break from the terrifying Highway 17 for a while.  Hopped onto the very pleasant Lee Valley Road all the way to Espanola.  We were able to stay with the lovely Miranda and Reagan in this quaint town.  Thank you ladies!

Lee Valley Road was much much better!

Lee Valley Road was much much better!

Miranda and Reagan, our hosts in Espanola

our hosts in Espanola

July 16th: 79km to Sudbury ON – Thankfully today’s route took us off the Trans Canada for 2 long stretches.  It is just so much easier mentally without worrying about speeding traffic, cramped shoulder (if at all) and only one lane each direction.  Yikes!  We had some fruit stand produce, some llama petting at the Dare2Dream farm, and some lovely views on the way to Sudbury.  Thanks to our warmshowers host Tyler for letting us use his yard!

getting supplies by the roadside

getting supplies by the roadside

llamas!!

llamas!!

the occasional good shoulder

the occasional good shoulder

Tyler in Sudbury!

Tyler in Sudbury!

 

July 17th: 90km to Sturgeon Falls, ON – Pretty moderate day, the highway is still stressful though.  Was able to check into the Comfort Inn around 7pm.  A good sleep awaits!

July 18th: 110km to Mattawa, ON – After North Bay, the highway finally had double lanes and a real shoulder for most of the time!  However, it wasn’t all roses and there were some tough rolling hills!  Oh Ontario, you’re never quite finished with us. Geofact: Mattawa is where the Mattawa and Ottawa Rivers meet.

passing by Samuel de Champlain Provincial Park

passing by Samuel de Champlain Provincial Park

Aloha Mattawa!

Aloha Mattawa!

 

Week Total: 487km

Grand Total: 4965km

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