Utrecht to England,

I started off yesterday cycling into Utrecht station and took the train to the other side of Rotterdam. I then had about 30 km to cycle to the Hook. I was feeling very tired and dodged some rain showers but then I turned into a full head wind all the way to the Hook.

Leaving the Hostel .

The Railway station is unbelievable they have a multi-storey just for parking your bike plus outside there are racks every where.

I was suppose to stay the night in Hook of Holland but as I battled the headwinds I actually arrived about 1300 so I decided on the spur of moment I’d take the ferry and go home. I quickly changed my ticket and hopped aboard.

I love cycling in Holland but at the moment I’m tired and need of home comforts maybe the next time. This trip has been hard and mentally challenging more so than my last one in Canada.

Leaving the Hook

Arriving in Harwich welcome home.


Rhenen to just outside Utrecht

This was going to be a short day just I could get myself positioned for getting to Hook of Holland. I checked with my host last night and knew there would be thunder storms in the afternoon so I hoped I’d been safely indoors by then. Wrong I left at about 0830. very humid but sunshine and blue ski.

Leaving this morning the calm before the storm. By about 1030 the winds picked up and it was head on, also the skies were turning a nice navy colour. I stopped to get my jacket etc ready and boy did it throw it down luckily I taken shelter in a bus shelter to put my jacket on.

It kept us dry then a poor man on a racing bike came to shelter as well so we passed 30 mins then off again into the wet.

The route today.

The sun came out again but arrived already having booked a room at the hostel tonight. More thunder lightning and rain forecast this afternoon so I’ll just sit it out. I’m about 6km from the centre of Utrecht. I pulled up at the hostel looks very impressive from the outside basic in the inside but everything you need including a meal, bar and breakfast. It appears an old estate.

Everyone appears to come here to cycle or eat lunch the house where I’m staying is off to your right.

So tomorrow I make my way to the port and stay overnight and catch ferry on Friday afternoon. If I’m honest I’ll be happy to be heading home. I might not have cycled all the way but when your on your own you make it work for you.

Emmerich to Rhenen

Today was was very hot indeed had to cover myself in sun lotion. I was going to cycle to Arnhem and have a short day and stay at the youth hostel for the night.

Changed my mind again half way through as by lunchtime I had managed to visit the war graves and would have meant doubling back to the hostel. I hate retracing my bike route so onwards in the baking sun. I didn’t see the EuroVelo 15 signs at all but just kept heading in the direction I needed to and eventually by this afternoon was cycling beside the River. I did cross the bridge at Arnhem but then I lost my way again in the city area. The trouble is they have so many bike paths and they are all numbered. I seemed to pick the ones by busy roads slightly inland but came good by lunchtime.

As I hadn’t booked anything I arrived in this pretty town and went to the tourist board and the lady helped me out finding this lovely self contained B&B by the river path highly recommended. Tonight I cracked open my tea bags and managed to make myself a proper brew ah….

Now in Holland next stop England

Very moving and so many with little words written by their families

Finally out in country and shaded by the trees

The town spire its a lovely town with very friendly people.

Tomorrow I’m making for just south of Utrecht as I’m told by afternoon there could be thunder and lightning plus Thursday isn’t too promising.

My ferry is booked for Friday so I’m making for Utrecht as it has a station and I can hop on the train to Rotterdam and cycle down to Hook of Holland where I have a overnight stay and catch the afternoon sailing on Friday. So tomorrow until the rain comes I’m doing the scenic route up to Utrecht as recommended by my host tonight.

The view of the Rhine from my bedroom window

Rüdesheim to Emmerich

What a glorious day from beginning to end. It started really well sitting waiting for my boat to leave to take me down the Rhine to Koblenz. No cycling involved pure indulgence today boat and train taking the strain.

The sun was shining and at one point got very hot on the top deck of the boat. Whilst waiting for the ferry I made conversation with a British lady called Marilyn who has lived and still lives in LA these days. So we sat together till she got off the boat just before Boppard, so I had some lovely company to. Around every corner is a stunning view of either castles pretty villages and lots of vineyards steep on the hillsides.

Here’s a selection but it doesn’t do it justice.

A beer whilst planning route is a must.

Off the boat and a ride to The Bahnhof and train journey secured. They even have lifts to get black Betty to the platform required. I just pushed her on the train so heaving her about or taking off panniers was not required it truly was stress free. I changed once but stayed on same platform and arrived In Emmerich at 1730hrs checked in to where I’m staying then the usual washing etc done and off to dinner sheer relaxing bliss.

At dinner I saw a couple of men who had cycled today and had a hell of a journey got diverted off the rd for some reason did 10 km back to where they started!!!!! They have had same problem with signs etc and relied on google maps even their Garmin wasn’t good. He ended up doing 120 km and one member got the train from Wesel they looked shattered. Glad I opted to skip the industrial bit…..

Tomorrow I cycle to Arnhem I want to look around there are quite a lot of history so only 34km to Arnhem and the rest touring about then staying the night.

Nierstein to Rüdesheim on the Rhine

After a lovely meal at my hotel I went to bed early. I was woken by the rain in the early hours of the morning, I hoped that it would all go by the morning and it did.

When I went out to the bike shed I noticed my back tyre deflated so I spent the next hour yes hour trying to get the bloody tyre off. One guy came out and he was having difficulty these Schwalbe marathons can be a sod. I put a new inner in and that wouldn’t work so off the tyre came again and I fixed the puncture. The 2nd time it came off and off more easily. When I get to a bike shop I must get a spare inner tube, as the other doesn’t work.

Travelling through the vineyards as I left the hotel this morning. The sun came out eventually.

I pushed on to Mainz but hate big towns now as I always get lost but surprisingly I sailed straight through and came over the bridge to the other side of the Rhine.

Going over the bridge.

Across on the other side signs were good and kept me moving on.

Passing by more vineyards and little towns with

paths all the way down the Rhine to where I’m now staying. A bit of a head wind at times but we made it at about 2 o,clock. A relaxing 53 km

I came here to catch the cruise down the Rhine from here to Koblenz tomorrow. Yes I’m not cycling all the way. I know the purist will say I haven’t done it but it’s not suppose to be a chore and I need a day off. So I’m combining it with sight seeing. When I get to Koblenz I’m then taking a train to Emmerich on the German Dutch border. I couldn’t face a day or 2 of getting through the industrial bit near Köln Dusseldorf Duisburg. I worked in German in a passed life so have seen Bonn and Remagen Bridge. So I’m looking forward to my boat trip all 4 hrs where I can relax. They say the weather should be good so suntan lotion on stand by.

This town is a real tourist place filled with lots of nationalities. Today appeared there was a carnival on for the kids the whole place was packed

I treated myself to a lovely meal at one of the beer and wine cellars of course I had to sample, this was rounded off by a walk along the river front with a ice cream.

Speyer to Nierstein

What can I say 92 km ground out in heat head winds and getting lost in the port area. When I got to Ludwigshafen it all went wrong I don’t know if it’s me but the signs for Euro 15 just seem to stop and you have to hope your going north. A few detours and using the phone I was back on track. I saw the Rhine briefly but then the BASF chemical works came into view and its enormous site that goes on for ever and ever blocking everything else out. I wouldn’t want to live round there. In their car parks there is just car parks full of bikes unreal.

The bridge going over the Rhine to Mannheim but I stayed this side all day. After I passed the big factory it began to go back to asphalt roads behind the dyke so no view of the river till I came into Oppenheim. Today was very warm indeed but I also had to content with the cyclist worse enemy the wind coming sometimes head on but mostly at my 11 o’clock all day. After 92km I was exhausted.

When I finally arrived about 400 meters is a ice cream parlour so I divided in for a massive ice cream and a coffee well earned today. I would show you a picture of the said dish but due to poor internet cannot upload sorry maybe tomorrow.

After the bike ride.

Then there was supper,burnt a lot of energy today.

Mothern to Speyer

I had a lovely night with my French host Gilles and his family last night. Not only did he welcome me into his house he invited me to join the family for an evening meal. It was a typical French meal started at 7 and we eventually finished at 9. 4 courses and red wine and good company what more could you ask for. Gilles spoke English and his wife and daughter understood English but didn’t speak it well and I tried my German a bilingual evening.

Gilles gave me information on the route today and gave me a local map which was invaluable. I stuck to this side of the Rhine today and didn’t go across the river to Karlsruhe like my map suggested. It wasn’t bright sunshine but it was hot and sticky plenty fluid drunk. I made good time today, I saw the Rhine first thing then headed into ride on asphalt cycle route in the wooded area behind the river.

I reached Speyer at about 1400 having completed 76 km today. I was in need of a shower as it was so hot and humid. After cleaning up in my room I went into town it was lovely very old but with all the latest shops and of course plenty of cafes and ice cream parlours it was lovely just looking around.

The technical museum as you cycle into town

Above is area of the town and my hotel is just round the corner easy walking around.

Tomorrow I’m pushing on to Nierstein where the vineyards are so that will be interesting.

Strasbourg to Mothern

I left the hostel at about 0830 this morning and it was a tad busy. I was trying hard to find my route out of the city. I know they have cycle paths but they are everywhere and none seemed to have my route on it. I kept on watching out for trams,cars,bus,and cyclists coming up behind at great speeds. Finally I made it. I did get lost near to where the parliament building is I could see it from a distance but didn’t get close to take a photo. I wasn’t doubling back either.

Well I’m giving up on my book it takes you up tracks into woods and I got lost. I think it was when they shut the rd and sent me on a deviation. I went through quarries and got in a real mess before making for the road good job as I met a couple of girls from America going to Strasbourg. They showed me the route which I followed until another deviation don’t you just love it at least if you close the cycle path tell us where to go. They also now tell me the bridge at Speyer is closed so to take the bridge before or after, I’m booked tomorrow night at Speyer that’s all I need have to look at that one!!!!!!

Weather is very hot today with a bit of a breeze. I’m now at my Warmshowers hosts house awaiting him returning home.

The next couple of days are long rides well longer than I normal do this trip so I can make up time and make my way home faster.

The route along the way.

Breisach to Strasbourg

This morning I woke to heavy rain. When I went down for breakfast I spoke in my rusty German and the lady told me by lunch time it would be gone and true to her word it was. At first I had to dawn full waterproofing which I hate cycling in but needs must.

I left the hotel at 0830hrs and cycled back across the Rhine back onto the French side now dubbed by me as The French Fens. I saw the occasional cyclist but all going in the opposite way. My bike developed a squeak caused by the chain being wet and grit etc even thou I have washed it down its impossible on these tracks to keep clean. I saw a chap stopped with his wife and trying to assemble his travel gear so I asked if he had any lubricant (I know). He was German and we had a laugh and he presented me with some WD40 job done. He is the first to bring up brexit and he doesn’t want us to leave and was impressed I have a German bike.

I have cycled all day on a canal path of the canal Rhône which flows all the way to Strasbourg. I also saw some really large rodent in the grass someone told me it’s a coypu but I can’t be sure. Above was blocking my way then he flew away but blocked me again.

One of the many lock gates and houses beside the canal. It was here I met my first British cyclists 2 men who are doing the same route. Get this they come from Kings Lynn, small world. They were making for Strasbourg to but staying 2 nights and having a day off.

I was suppose to stop about 10/15 km back but as it turned out nice and I made good time I would have arrived earlier with nothing to do. I tried the hostel and was in luck it’s super clean 3 in a dorm and own shower and toilet, bar and food. This set me a princely some of £40 with breakfast not bad.

Entering into Strasbourg looks quite nice a few old building the rest new.

Tomorrow I have managed to get a Warmshowers a family north of here in a place called Mothern which is on my route north so I’m going to see Gilles and his wife and children for the night, this breaks it up a bit as you get lonely at night.

So goodnight from Strasbourg.

Village-Neuf-Brisach to Breisach

I had lovely time with my host all be it I had to go to bed early, theses days. The journey is beginning to take its toll. I was up and had breakfast with Ollie and Iris, I’m not sure about the German bread with seed its definitely heavy but with a bit of Nutella job done, I’m not a cheese lover in the morning I think you’d have to get use to it.

Ollie sorted my brakes and I was on route, all flat today but oh these blasted signs they are either not there at the turning or hidden in foliage. A few deviations again due to path works. God it is annoying on a bike and a French man saying you can read….

Today I stayed in France to keep to the route but at the end of the day I asked why? No place was open were they having an extended days holiday? So no food yet again what is wrong with Europeans.

To say Alsace is like a mini fens is under statement fields with crops as far as the eye can see nothing exciting.

As you can see I thought I was going to get rained on all day but luckily it didn’t although it was a tad fresher than late.

I didn’t see much of the Rhine today and tomorrow even less I think

Tomorrow because Strasbourg is so expensive I’m stopping short of the city and preparing myself mentally for Yet another stop and start next day how I love going through cities knowing what the signage is like and a number of waterways to cross can’t wait!!!

This hotel is very old and when I stepped in full cycling gear I was politely told no rooms but I had to inform them I booked one already. It nice a bit fancy in an old fashion way if you no what I mean, but a clean bed hot shower is no 1 priority.

Oh I forgot I couldn’t help myself but having had no food all day I crossed the Rhine in Germany and everything was open including McDonald’s. Yes I did, I needed something. I bought a cold drink the one that freezes your brain when you drink it god that was sore… oh chips and a burger sorry SlimmingWorld you’ll have to deal with it I needed it…

Luttingen to Village – Nuer

Where to start best plans made and then change under peculiar situations. May original plan was to cycle to Basel and stay with my first Warmshowers hots of this trip wrong wrong wrong!!!!!!!

I started off at about 830 after a lovely breakfast at my guest house. I knew it was going to rain so I had the wet weather gear to hand. On it went by ten then kept coming off and on all day but it was very heavy at lunchtime.

Coming into Basel.

My route took me through a castle very nice just before it rained.

Stopped by a mother and her. Signets not going to mess with her.

Now for the rest of my day I arrived at the flat and Warmshowers host just before the rain came down. Well what can I say no bed no electric and the place stunk. I’m not staying was my thought and declined his offer politely never on my journeys have I come across a place like this quick exit as the Canadian told me was being deported in 6 weeks time and he hated the Swiss. Byeeeeee was not quick enough,panniers were loaded in record time. Now out in the street in a downpour of epic proportions. What next oh yes it gets better I decided to head north on my route and see what hotel I could see out of town. Easier said than done as I couldn’t look at my map as it was so wet. Then I looked up to find I had cycled into the red light district yes women on every corner and in between plying there wears and men patrolling up and down.

I was soaking alone tourist in the wrong part of town quick exit is what was needed.

Finally I was on the right wrong and the sun came out and I was going down the canal on the French side yes now in France when yes the track had rerouting I didn’t understand so I asked a kind family out with there kids on a bank holiday what the sign read. After discussing my plight and it was now getting on in time I tried a few hotels nothing a festival is on in Basel no room at the inn was replied.

So Ollie and Iris invited me to stay and they are a super couple who have taken me and even done my washing thank you guys a live safer. Oh not to mention the food about to be served. They are German living the French side.

So let’s see what tomorrow brings have to look and see how far I’m going.

Good evening peeps from France

Schaffhausen to Luttingen

A day of contrasts I woke to bright warm sunshine and started at about 0800 no breakfast as the bunkhouse doesn’t supply. There is nothing like Switzerland and German on a Sunday morning it’s like a ghost town. So a banana would have to do with some water.

Now which way is out of town do I go the German side or Swiss. No more francs just changed to Euro yesterday so German won. Lost again guess what so we’re some Germans with all the velo signs I asked if I could cycle with the 5 amigos now there was 6. Off to the falls first. They are stunning the photos don’t do them justice.

The top

there is such a large amount of power

As you can see sunny the rain was to start after mid day and is still raining

So the guys needed breakfast so I just followed 10 km down we found a place to stop it wasn’t quite the full monty but was German style with lots of cheeses Jams, rolls oh and a soft boiled egg but no soldiers and a got a cup of tea ah…….

Off we went again and it started to drizzle we geared up and passed a village having a vine fest so the lads wanted to stop so we all stopped.

They had a band playing wasn’t till after I found out we were back in Switzerland you can see all the border huts on the roads we traveled between all disused, it all seems to work.

The other half of my story is it bloody rained I dawned wet weather gear but I was a drowned rat when I arrived my shoes sodden. They all came in to my hotel to have coffee and cake they had a hotel 12 km or more away.

The other thing I noticed was my dynamo hub lights are not working so Hans checked them and appears part of the wiring has broken I will have to buy a front light I brought an extra rear. Just short of the hotel I noticed my speedo and mileage counter must have come off on the tracks we have been going down. I was not retracing I don’t know how far back so I need to get a new one on Tuesday as here it’s a bank holiday Monday and when they say nothing is open they mean nothing.

Tomorrow I’m staying in Basel with a Warmshowers host so we will see how that goes. Tomorrow’s forecast is for more rain not happy with at but nothing I can do but put my gear on and suck it up……

Bregenz to Schaffhausen

After a good nights rest and up earlier and breakfast done by 0800am I hit the road. It was nice and quiet not much of a breeze and sun didn’t come out till 10ish then it got hot.

I decided to do the Swiss side of the lake and end in Konstanz but when I arrived from Austria via Switzerland then into Germany there was a ferry leaving at 1430 for a 31/2 hour ferry down the Rhine to my next port of call. I love a cruise stroke ferry so on I hopped with black Betty and took in the sites.

It was so hot today people were out sailing swimming cycling all over the place.

The Bordensee

I do believe this is my boat leaving Konstanz

Blackbetty pride of place up front mini cruising

photos of c

Going down the Rhine in blazing sunshine.

Schaffhausen coming into view

Well folks I’m in backpacker in a 6 bunk room luckily by myself bonus as it could have been mixed

Liechtenstein to Bregenz

Last night I camped in Liechtenstein in a lovely camp site under the mountains. I took a photo when I was on the road out.

It was my first night camping on the trip and felt sure I’d get a good nights sleep. Wrong I know the Swiss farmers like bells around the animals necks but all bloody night!!!!! On a positive note showers were good. I did pick a site slightly out of town.

Onward to the town of Buchs which was rather pretty then the book I’m following along with red cycling signs had me going left right and all over. A few missed turns added to my mileage. I found my way back to the Rhine and the dyke and cycle pathway I’m sure I could have stayed on it most of the way.

The back roads leading back to the river. Pretty views and a lot of agricultural land and livestock.

Trying out a selfie in the blazing heat needless to say even with sun cream I got burnt.

This is the cycle track beside the Rhine and the covered bridge I had to cycle across.

After hours of cycling in the very hot sun and the wind changing to full on I arrive in the town of Hard and Bregenz now in Austria I think. I booked ahead of booking.com and reserved a room turned up no one there just a board saying my name and rm no. What a hell hole. Quick change of mind and in baking sun mid afternoon doing the rounds of where to stay. I went to few guests houses no reply and eventually ended up in this pension but no food or tea or coffee but breakfast. So on the way here I ducked into Lidl’s and got a salad it’ll have to keep me going, I can remember when I ate properly ( oh it was the night before I left). Tomorrow it’s back into Switzerland and going along Bodensee (previously Lake Constance.) let’s see I have a better day but will try and be away sharp as forecast sunshine all the way so hot hot hot. It’s got very wind outside tonight I hope if it’s still windy tomorrow it comes from the right directions. Good night

Ilanz to Liechtenstein

Well I left really early expecting possible hot weather and knew I was going to do a long days cycling. 85km completed and I’m shattered.

Hills god this was a fraught one up and down I went not in sun but into a head wind. All I can say it felt never ending. Finally reach my camp site at about 1730hrs and went straight to a very hot shower. Also I’m trying to charge up all my phone and I pad in the cafe now I’m now on my second cup of coffee I hope I get to sleep at least my German is coming in handy tonight.

Going high I hate heights

I’m glad I was on the inside

2 cars met but I took my time

The view from the top

Liechtenstein castle no not my home for tonight just below.

Some how the last bit I got slightly lost which at the end of the day was not was needed. Hoping for a nice day tomorrow as I leave Liechtenstein and head into Austria near to the Lake Constance and decide to I go the German side of the Swiss tomorrow it’s a guest house and do some washing and recharging the batteries

Andermatt to near Ilanz

Today started well up early breakfast then loaded my bike and off tothe Station to catch my train to the top of Oberalppass. No I didn’t cycle up there I’m not a bloody fool that came later in the day.

Reached the top snow all around but surprisingly warm. Black Betty all ready for the journey thank god there was a German couple who helped get it on and off the train.

Then you drop down through hairpin bends

Fantastic scenery all the way and getting warmer by the minute. They are having a heat wave 29 degrees and I was melting. Water bottles turned to hot water.

Stopped for a drink in the shade and admired the views.

At the end of my day although only 50 Kms done due to the heat and where I had pre booked my B&B. I booked it because it was very picturesque and had a balcony but god what a climb out of the valley to get here. A lovely lady stopped and took my panniers up to my guest house for me which was lovely( big thanks Ann Marie thoughtful). Truth be told she was scared I was going to get sun stroke.

I just kept climbing now I’m here it’s lovely I have cows with bells on banging about and a sweet meadow smell. My host is lovely and has baked me a pastry and its pasta for tonight’s feast can’t say better than that. Tomorrow depending on this hot weather I’m not sure how far I’ll get hopefully to Chur or further on. I’ve discovered it’s bank holiday next Monday so I’ll have to see about booking somewhere soon.

Well I’m off to supper now I’ll keep you posted as to where I might be tomorrow.

Andermatt Day 1

After a long journey from Uk I’ve finally arrived at the start of cycle route velo route 15 The journey was full of ups and downs. Extra £40 had to be paid for my panniers at airport then at Zurich airport my bike failed to come through (panic). After finding someone to check all was well 30 minutes later when black Betty came through on a trolley the mud guard was slightly bent but she seemed none the worse for wear.

I spent time assembling black Betty, I had to put the handle bars back on and pedals plus seat and there she was good to go but slightly concerned re weigh on the back she is bloody heavy. Pumped the tyres up and made my way out to the railway station. Boy was it hot in Zurich today I was melting as I stepped out of the terminal, as I left London In cooler conditions.

The trains all have space to put your bikes but you have to haul them up steps which is not easy fully loaded. I had 3 changes to make which made it tense,on one train I needed help as you hang your bike by the wheel no mean challenge with panniers on the back in sweltering heat.

The last train I met 2 fellow travellers doing the same trip. He’s 74 from Rotterdam and his partner a British lady by birth. On the final journey the train goes straight up so I stood with bikes brakes on as she was starting to take off.

They are starting tomorrow as well but only going up to the Oberalppass tomorrow and walking for 2hrs to the source of the Rhine then staying overnight up at the top. but I’m continuing down the mountain to a small hamlet for the night.

I arrived at my hotel to night to find I need another adapter for charging my phone. So the guy at the desk helped me out and lent me one for the night. I only blew the fuse back down stairs and engineer was called to sort it another adapter was needed.

Only concern I have is how heavy the bike is at the back without having my usual 2 panniers at the front to even it out. Lol I thought I was going to be lighter when will I learn.

Last bit of journey shot through train window

A new adventure

I’m now retired and just putting the finishing plans to my new challenge which will start May 2019. I will be leaving from Berwick Upon Tweed to travel north around Scotland. As I originally come from Scotland I thought it would be nice to see some of my home land and see things I’ve not seen before. I’m looking forward to getting out to the islands and hope to stick to coastal areas as much as possible.

Update change of plans and country. I’ve now decided to change location and will now be travelling to Zurich then onto  Andermatt to start my journey of following the source of the Rhine from there back up to Hook of Holland. I will be following Velo Route 15 and will fly out on the 4th June.




Hi I sit here writing my final blog after 3 wonderful weeks exploring Canada with Pete. Some places I returned to with Pete but we also managed to squeeze in a few new places. The weather really has been kind to us and we depart from Canada on a very hot day and pleasant night having had a super time. Thanks again to all my Canadian friends who have made both mine and Pete’s  trip fantastic.

Some pictures from our time after Quebec City.

Dragon boat racing at Lachine last Saturday no we were not aboard nor asked to crew but hey maybe a new challenge?

Watching the  people shooting the rapids at Lachine


 Lachine near where we stayed.


  Cruise liner visiting downtown Montreal

Downtown artwork in Montreal and also entry to Chinatown. Also across from Old Port a very confused housing.

We managed to go out of town on our anniversary and went up to the mountains to Mount Tremblant and had a super meal

Also in our final days here we managed to catch up with my warmshowers host the wonderful Gavin (Gavilar) Elisa and Charlotte thanks guys for a lovely night and for our cakes we have already had some.

St Anne Bellvue today on this my final day in Canada. I hope to return guys and am already thinking of a new challenge watch this space time and money allowing!!!!

Lunch today


Just liked the name. Derek its for sale if your interested!


Pete chilling after lunch

This made us smile old guy cycling around with so many bags attached with Proud to be Canadian. 

I have had a fantastic time thank you all for your help and kindness I have had the most amazing trip. Byeeeeeee


Quebec – Montmorency Waterfall 

Back again enjoying fantastic weather and seeing new sights. We arrived yesterday and came into the city via the Levis ferry which was a nice way to see the Chateau and quebecs skyline. We had stayed the night before in a very lovely village of Kamarouski further up the St Lawrence. The weather the day before was not to good and we thought it was a waste taking the ferry across further up at Rivière du loup in the fog as it turns out it was a good choice and the sun came out as we made Quebec.


On the way down the Hwy 132

Kamarouski church


Had to take a photo of someone garage door in Kamarouski  

  Now to the old town in Quebec nicely painted on the wall in the old part of time.

  The promenade near to the Chateau.
Today we were going to see the waterfall which was stunning I didn’t get up close the last visit I made to the city. 

We went up in the cable car to walk over the bridge. In the winter it freezes and people ice climb. It is also 30 metres taller than Niagra Falls

A view from the other side of the waterfall 

From the other,side wasn’t stupid enough to go down below and get soaked even thou it was very warm.

This was a brilliant dog who was watching out for his owner who went over the wall onto the next level.

The zip wire you can risk for 20$ not bad but I’m scared of heights

The house which was rebuilt after a fire in 1993 orginally it was built for the governor a few centuries ago as his summer house not bad summer house!!!!!


Greetings from Cap-des-Rosiers 

Today we started from Carleton sur mer heading up towards Gaspe the weather was warming up again so shorts back on. The scenery was stunning and we had to keep stopping to admire the views, it really is a lovely part of the country.

A sculpture at one of the picnic areas dotted about. 

We reached  Port Daniel and saw lots of cars stopped at a local cafe so we did like wise and were not disappointed it appears the locals were out in force for petit déjeuner. We felt under dressed in our shorts as the locals were all dressed up and the air smelt of very over powering perfume and aftershave. 

We stopped for lunch at Perce which was lovely not only for the food but for the views the place is stunning.

Richer Perce just off the village it is spectacular 

You can get a boat trip round it. There use to be another arch but part of that was lost in the 1800’s  and the gap appeared after a lightening strike in the 1950’s


Where we stopped for lunch beautiful bread and snacks. Run by a Australian girl and her boyfriend. Worth a stop Dale if you do the route by bike!! It would be a stunning cycle tour.

Mont Blanc  Canada QC

The road out north it is such a stunning places so many views

On we drove towards Gaspe itself. The road climbs out then drops 12% into the next bay.

 We past Gaspe and now booked into a lovely motel over looking the sea and near the light house for the night. Tomorrow it is forecast to rain but we are making our way down the coastal route towards Rivere du loup. After that they say the weather is to heat up again.



  Home for the night.

  Love these bikes.


Carleton sur mer

On Friday it rained heavily as we made our way Shediac towards Fredricton. The road conditions got worse and we got off the highway and headed along Hwy 105 that I had previously travelled. We stopped off at Caseys diner. There we had a long lunch in a very eclectic diner, included in the diner surrounds was a old car and various other 1950s pieces. The food was good homemade fare,and as we were waiting out the rain we treated ourselves  to home made pie and cake mine was blueberry and was worth our extended lunch. Whilst there we got speaking to two very wet motor bikers who were also waiting out the passing rain. They were still soaked from the previous day’s ride from Halifax that we had managed to dodge.

As we reached Fredricton we decided to push on passed the rain and ended our day in Miramichi where the rain was starting to ease off. So no pictures taken on Friday folks.

On Saturday  we woke up to no rain and the promise of sunshine as the day progressed so we decided on a picnic at lunch time.

We headed north but decided to take the scenic route by the coast which was lovely as the sun came out.

Our lunch stop and view

It dive bombed another couple walking passed  and this was only a young one!

That’s where we were heading at the end of the day.

Our view from room last night near Carleton sur mer. We then went out last night to a French Bistro where the owner didn’t speak any English and the menu was all in French but we managed to order and not end up with something we didn’t like. The Bistro was very French  but nice.

Inside the Bistro. As we are now in Quebec we gained a hour so this morning I was up with the lark and managed to catch a lovely sunrise which was nice


Greetings from Shediac again

I finally bid a sad farewell to Nova Scotia which I believe to be one of Canada’s hidden gems. I have been here since the 17 August and have had a fantastic time and meet some great people who I hope will remain firm friends as their hospitality was second to none. So thanks again especially to Dale and Dorothy and also Jill and all you other friendly Nova Scotians.

Today we left Digby in changing weather conditions very foggy and through the start of the day my first rain in Nova Scotia. We made it to Shediac by mid afternoon and sunshine returned but we are told rain is forecast for tomorrow but it’ll make a change. There is no such thing as bad weather only being inappropriately dressed!!!

Yesterday we went out from Digby neck whale watching but as we left port the fog came down but it was warm and it didn’t dampen our enthusiasm. Alas it was not to be. A pod of Dolphins leaping a couple of seals and a very large shark as we returned to port was our reward better luck next time. As we arrived back in Digby for he night we were surprised but pleased to see that The Bluenose 11 that Pete missed in lunenburg was berthed for the night. So we went along dock side and spoke to one crew member on watch for the night  who gave us all the history and workings of the boat which was brilliant. She leaves tomorrow to go back to Lunenburg for the winter.

We went off the beaten track and went down to one of the coves where locals estimate distances

 On the way down Digby neck and one of the ferries

Fishing boat putting to sea whilst we waited on our boat.

Today to begin with unable to get any photos due to the heavy fog but sun  at the end of the day at Shediac.

A balmy evening stroll at the end of the point and where the locals were out in force fishing.

The sun setting and a yacht coming into port

Another end to another lovely day. Off to Fredricton tomorrow and then Saturday making our way up to Campbellton enroute to Gaspe in Quebec Province and doing right round the coast to Rivere du loup to catch the ferry so hopefully more National Parks and stunning scenery and wildlife we’ll keep you posted.


Now down at Digby off of the Bay of Fundy looking forward to some whale watching hopefully tomorrow. We left Halifax this morning after swopping cars at the airport this one has to last us all the way to Montreal!!!! Today started off with a bit of rain but still warm and by midday the sun had started to come through as we drove through the Annapolis Valley which was gorgeous. Lots of farm land and lovely towns and villages all with something new to look at. Wolfville was lovely but so was Annapolis Royal the houses very lovely.

Annapolis Royal

It appears us Brits seemed to have had a on off battle with the French and locals for a few centuries but I see the Union Jack still flys over Fort Ann I guess we won in the end.


Fort Ann
Both Pete and I like this sign we see often on the Highway and one way streets just in case you get confused!!!!!!!



Annapolis Royal sits on the river and you can see where the docks use to be and where they now have a new one. Also old lighthouse.


New boat repairs going on.


View down the estuary.
So another lovely day had rounded off with a lovely meal by the sea and some Garrison nutty brown slowly becoming a favourite but PEI blueberry beer still my favourite.

Down the Coast Nova Scotia

Yes we are  still in Halifax checking out the area out. Today we got up and headed across to Dale’s as I left my cardigan there last night. After a cuppa and a chat we left on the way down further south of Lunenburgh. We were making for Petite Rivere. The weather again was a lovely 28 with a nice breeze. Although this is labour day here and a public holiday, we expected the roads to be busy but to be honest it was very quiet and everything seems to close. I mean no food stores etc not like Britain. Oh but Timmys never closeS holiday or no holidays.

A real old fashioned general store in the village

Where we stopped and had a lovely picnic lunch in the baking sun.

Down on the beach it was so warm can’t believe the luck we are having with the weather. This was out on the point but not busy.

After a day near the beach we headed back to our B&B in Halifax and went down the waterfront again tonight. Pete was trying out the local brews but was taken by the local brewed garrison  and then we went onto the Alexander Keith’s  brewery.

Another good night out. Tomorrow we are heading up to the Bay of Fundy and hopefully some whale watching which we missed on Cape Breton.

Where have we been

Hi to all well finally getting around to update my blog. Yes Pete arrived on Tuesday 2 hours early with me still enroute to the airport. His plane once he got airborne stated they were flying straight through to Halifax and not going into Gander. I eventually turned up to a lovely reunion then went to get our hired car. That was not going to be ready till 1700hrs when he was due to be in . Not the best start so in true British fashion we retired and I introduced him to Timmys. 

We then went back to the car hire to be told the only car available was a Chysler 200 s a sporty model in Black so we were upgraded.and we were off, avoiding  going on the  wrong side of the road and using adial for  changing gears , novel but soon got the hang of it. 

What have we done so far? Well we have toured downtown river front Halifax and been down to Peggy’s cove  twice and  even eaten there. 

Mr Cunard  down at the waterfront

Peggy’s Cove at dusk when hardly any bus tours about.

Of course introducing Pete  to my favourites!!!!!.

So we decided next as the weather has been hot and sunny to hit Cape Breton and the Cabot Trail. So we made the journey north taking in Pictou and surrounding area. We stopped just short of Baddeck on the first night  and went into town of Baddeck for a fabulous meal. I had snow crab  which was fantastic Pete had a strip of beef and the local brew.  Baddeck  was Alexander Graham Bells summer home and where he died  and is a pretty little town set on the edge of the water.

The next day we set off round the Cabot Trail which was stunning it amazed me to see a fair amount of cyclists going up the mountains some fully laden but some being toured about with vans in support.

Ingnosh Beach on a lovely sunny day.

Onward up the Cabot trail and started to climb over smokey  mountain glad this time I was in a car and not fully laden on blackbetty who is now safely boxed up ready for her flight home.


 Looking down from the top but more climbs ahead

Pleasant Bay  looking down from Mackenzie Mountain it was amazing. Signs here are also in Gaelic and the whole island defiantly has a Scottish feel and Scottish traditions strong here in fact even more than some parts of Scotland.

The amazing road hugging the coast line

So yesterday we were up early decided to stay another night in our motel at Whycoomagh for another night as it was so nice.

We decided to head on back on the Cabot trail and into the National Park and  go Whale watching. We even commented on how things were going so well  then it happened!!!!

We stopped to refuel, now in Britain the green pump is unleaded it was a easy mistake!!!!!! I know our car was top range and had done under 2,00km but we put diesel  in it  40 litres as it happens. Luckily we noticed and didn’t start her up but there she was stuck on the forecourt unable to be moved on a busy Bank Holiday Saturday with quing at all pumps. We called recovery and could only do what us Brits do in situations like this and head  in and have a cuppa at Timmys while chaos was happening  all around. We were  recovered and spent most of the rest of Saturday in a tow truck back To Halifax Airport to be given another car mark 2 silver sport 200 yes they trust us God knows why?

Today we spent down in Lunenburg and Mahone  Bay  as it was glorious weather.

Breakfast of fruit  on a  very hot sunny day

The Picton  Castle at Lunenburg.

Tonight we headed over to Dale and Dorothy’s as we were going to the Bicycle Thief  for dinner tonight on Halifax waterfront. Fantastic meal  in great surroundings with wonderful new friends thanks guys. The evening was so warm we sat outside and then walked along the front after dinner.


Theodora the  tug in Halifax


Dale  talking to a guy in a Plymouth. We then went back to Dale and Dorothy house and sat on the deck with a fire next to the lake a lovely end to lovely day.


Lunenburg back to Timberlea near Halifax

Well it was with sadness I left Lunenburg as I had such a wonderful time at my Airbnb and visiting the surrounding area. It is an area that is just fantastic full of little hidden jems  and people that are so friendly and seem to have time for one another which is so refreshing to see and be a part of for such a short time.

I left my hosts place on Saturday morning in bright sunshine ready to hit the trail at about 0930. After another of Jill’s amazing breakfasts which were to die for (if I mentioned blueberry pancakes maple syrup and Canadian bacon  with lovely tea, and fresh fruit) this would give you a flavour as to how my days started.

I decided on the way back to stick to the road some of the way just for the views and to avoid the uneven trail in some parts and this seemed to work well apart from some nice hills near Chester but all in a days cycling now. 
  Tourist info centre in down town Mahone Bay just so typical  of the lovely buildings and so in keeping with the area.


 Saying goodbye to Mahone Bay as I pedal round the inlet

   The views of the water and islands from Gold River

Then it was on to Chester Basin which was pretty to be honest every bay had something different and made keeping my eyes on the road difficult.

I made about 69km the first day allowing me a very easy ride into Timberlea today which was all on the trail.  Dale and Dorothy had cycled out from Halifax and waited for me to arrive at The Bike and Bean cafe on the trail so I had breakfast there and may I say the muffins were to die for it is such a fantastic cafe/bike shop great idea and very popular on a Sunday morning. 

Dorothy  and I on the trail later Dorothy took charge of Black  Betty I believe Dale may now have to buy his wife a new saddle and possibly new handle bars and pedals? Black Betty may not be built for speed but she’s like a well worn comfy armchair well loved.

So as I get ready to box the old gal up for her flight home in 3 weeks she has served me well and completed 7,055 km – problems 3 punctures and a new chain at Thunder Bay  replaced as maintenance and her bottom bracket tightened twice. Tyres  still have plenty wear and brakes pads have not been replaced. She will be lovely overhauled and serviced on my return to England.

Have I enjoyed myself you bet I have and would I do it all again,when do I start!!!

A view from my motel window


Mahone Bay 

Today I did a bike trip to the next town along. I cycled from Jill’s place along the trail to the bay. It’s only about 9 k. away but very pretty. Full of coffee places and bistros and arts and crafts. So in lovely sunshine I meandered about the town. I could have bought so much but again restrained as no where to put it. 

 Coming along the bay into town.

As you enter the town again the houses are painted in pretty colours and on a beautiful sunny morning it certainly lifts the spirits.

Even the loos were outstanding

After wandering about the shops I cycled home because I planned to have a leisurely day before I’m back on the road again tomorrow making my way back up towards Halifax to meet Pete.

The the Airbnb I’ve been staying at has been without a doubt a oasis. Calm  and very restful and my host Jill  such a wonderful person who has made me feel like part of the family so much so we all went swimming in the lake this afternoon as it was just to hot to do anything else she has also taken me out kayaking so thank you so much Jill just the break I needed.

The lake warm and inviting

What more could you ask for. I spent the afternoon in and out of the water then Jill and I headed into Lunenburg so I could pick up a jumper to have as a reminder of my time spent here.

The lake  
Tomorrow I’m back on the road and it looks like a hot one but don’t think the humidity is high thank goodness but this is certainly a lovely place to visit and would like to come back again as so much more to see I think.

Lunenburg looking around

Yesterday I spent most of my day relaxing at my Airbnb which was nice and just what was needed to charge the batteries. Although I’m not one to sit around my host Jill took me kayaking on the lake in the afternoon so another tick off my list of things to do in Canada. Sorry I didn’t get photos as didn’t want to tempt fate and fall in and lose my camera. Things on the lake seen,was a turtle yes you get a lot round here and also the beaver den at the end of the lake. So that was great  the lake water is very warm no bracing yourself when swimming.

Today I was going into Lunenburg despite the initial rain which then gave way to bright sunshine. Lunenburg is about 4 km from where I’m staying so I was kindly dropped off and then walked back.

It feels like a working port and not to many tourists about( I know I’m one of them) I try to blend in. The first thing you notice is how brightly painted the houses are which is cheerful in itself.


Just some of the different vibrant colours

I then went down to the harbour to see the Bluenose 11 working sail ship and as its owned by the people of Nova Scotia your allowed on board for a look around.

She is lovely the original won the Americas Cup and was built in Lunenburg

This schooner sit nearby and is just as impressive and the last one of its kind


To think people use to go whaling in this size of boat amazing

There is also another way to see the town by horse and carriage

Just loved the atmosphere down at the dock

This was another very expensive yacht but I felt it didn’t have the same  look as the others.

Then I had to stop for a drink the local Tall ship ale very nice now there is something missing?


Yes my lobster roll  delicious sitting out side in the sunshine watching the people go passed.


An old jeep for sale which was in fantastic order.


Tonight Jill my host drove me down to Blue Rocks outside Lunenburg where there is pretty little coves it was stunning in the last of the days sun.




 Love the shed


Looking over Lunenburg at the end of the day. So it was a lovely day in down town Lunenburg which is a must to visit if your out this way

Chester to Lunenburg – 40 km

Another very hot day and another day on the local trails. Most of the local trails are good but today I did venture off occasionally as I felt I wasn’t getting to see the local area very much plus there is only so much woodland and foliage a person can take. 

Lunch was taken at Mahone Bay which is about 9 km from where I’m staying. It a lively little place with a few individual shops and a tea room selling loads of different teas so I had stopped there and had a lovely cuppa with a bit of carrot cake and then got supplies to take to my next stop.

 Loads of bridges on the trail either going over rivers or parts of lakes

I then ventured on the hwy 3 for a bit beside the water inlets and spied a restaurant I didn’t realise my sister in law Mo was running a cafe on the side come to that she doesn’t usually cook but now she’s doing Lebanese cooking!!

 I didn’t stop but made me smile. So Mo I’ll expect seafood as well as the wine chilling in the fridge when I return.!!!!

By the time I arrived at my Airbnb I was hot and sweaty so when my host said the water in the lake is clear and feed from a spring I soon took advantage and it was fantastic and not cold so looks like swimming will become a daily thing whilst resting up down here. 

 The lake views from the house.

 The water was so clear and warm just what you need after a day cycling in hot weather.


My home for the next 3 days it’s just really relaxing. Tomorrow I will cycle into Lunenburg which is about 5 km away and have a look around. 

Timberlea to Chester NS – 69 km

It was suppose to rain today but as luck would have it it turned into a nice sunny day for my trip further down the coast.

I had decided to use the trails all day to get here and largely it worked out with a few minor hiccups, well it wouldn’t be right I didn’t get some problems it would make it look to easy.

I must confess even when blackbetty was fully loaded I exceeded the  speed limit disgraceful behaviour. I always pass people with a trusty ring of my bell thou.

My first stop was for my second breakfast at a cafe recommended by Dale yes you were right lovely cafe and had to pop into bike shop to get another adapter for pumping up my tyres as I seem to have lost mine.

As I sat outside I was surrounded by fellow bikers so we sat and chatted about my journey and I stay for over a hour. But hey I’m on no schedule more of ill get there when I get Theresa long as it s before dark.

Very well named I thought and lovely coffee yes I sometimes drink coffee. Also the breakfast roll wasn’t bad either.

Even has a railway carriage outside.

More views from the trail


Occasionally views of the coves and the coast line which was nice. Onward I went until I came to the last 11 km or so as I crossed over hwy 3  I went about another4 km to see a sign maintenance on the trail up ahead cyclist may want to take hwy3 . After all this travelling you would think I’d learn but! I Hate,as do most cyclists doubling back so I thought how bad would it be as the notice only said might like to so on I pushed. Good grief there was rocks all sort of debris on the trail I was bouncing all over the place. Then  I came across a digger and truck but I managed to squeeze passed and this was for about 3/4 km but the old gal and I made it safely through. Blackbetty very dusty me eaten alive by the bugs so note to myself on my return to Halifax use the road you fool.

Only a little bit of what I went over the rest of the time I was just trying to stop falling off and causing myself injury.

I finally reached Chester  and tomorrow I’m heading towards Lunenburg where I’m going to have a look around for the next 4 days. So hopefully a shorter day tomorrow.

Timberlea to Peggys Cove and back again. 89 km

As Pete doesn’t fly in till the 1Sept decided to make use of my free time. Unfortunately I forgot to bring my driving licence so doing it on blackbetty well couldn’t leave her out. Today was slightly misty to start with but soon turned out ok if not a little humid well I’ll be honest bloody humid.

I took the trail part of the way then did a big circle although I kept having to look In my mirror as no hard shoulder and some cars were getting a tad close. 


Some of the views from the trail.

Then I headed down Tantallon,Glen Haven  and down the coastal road to Peggys Cove. Some of the coves are beautiful with pretty houses and of course the boat tied up outside what a life love it. Mind you when I came off the trail initially I took the wrong rd and ended up on another track but Blackbetty refused to be bounced about in such a manor so we had to retrace our route to get back to Upper Tantallon.


It got worse so Betty agreed turn back.

Nice place to stop for a coffee sit outside and look over a small inlet

So on we went then discovered the largest hammock I was asked to test it but knowing my luck would have injured myself getting In and out


Rather large but nice  for a hot day to relax on.

On I went  stopping to look or take pictures which I don’t think I could have done as well from a car.

  Love the painted house which is a museum well painted if not a little unusual 

This was on a telegraph pole opposite a house possibly looking out for the odd pirate!!!!!!!

As I entered Peggys Cove I saw the memorial to the people who lost their lives on Swissair flight 111  On the 2 sept 1998  just off of the cove.

Looking out towards the site

I then headed towards Peggys Cove but could see from the shore line it was going to be very busy as the buses kept turning up so I decided to take my photos from a distance and not get caught up with the hoards of tourist( oh hang on I’m one of them)

After Peggys Cove was nice and rugged but quite picturesque without the masses




As I headed home up the other side of the peninsula  I took a few  more pics


I think this sign says it all  lovely area with a relaxed feeling and vibe


Halifax relaxing

For all you readers just thought I’d update you. I was a bit emotional yesterday and found it hard to put into words what it felt pushing black Betty into the water to finish my trip. Has it been fun?

A resounding yes I had highs and lows but that was to be expected. It’s funny when the lows kicked in there was always something or someone who pop up and it became fun again.

Blackbetty survived and treated  me well after all if I was indoors so was she and apart from 3 punctures and a new chain and her bottom bracket tightened twice she was brilliant. Built in true German fashion to last. They only thing is she was a tad heavy as was the case in question when Dale singing my praises to the 2 lifeguards on the beach about what I had just done asked them to lift her one failed as she was just to heavy!!!

I think it was the amazing people I encountered along my journey that will stay with me for ever. Generous, kind helpful and always went the extra mile to help me in so many ways. To many to mention  individually but you know who you are. Mainly Canadians but America doesn’t go with out mention Nancy you were a star and even went camping with me I hope you forth coming trip is all you hope for and more because that is serious wilderness your taking on keep me posted. All of you if your over my way  pop in Pete is gearing up for visitors. Amy it was a pity we didn’t get a chance to ride longer but your time schedule didn’t fit but I believe your planning your next trip it’s additive that’s for sure. I’m beginning to think what next? Maybe something in Britain next?

To Pete my husband thank you from the bottom of my heart for your support love and always on the end of the line or should I say FaceTime. You got me through the rough bits and had the  belief I would do it. You didn’t say what are you mad when I first mentioned my cunning plan to do something to challenge me. You just said what ever you do,do it for you so thank you again. To my kids Greg and Kim you also were so supportive and also believed that your Mum had it in her and were again at the end of the computer. Sorry especially to Greg and his future wife Ella for sometimes calling late due to time differences and I look forward to celebrating your engagement when I get home. You were right Greg to be ruthless with my packing in fact I should have been more ruthless that Sunday when we laid it out in the back garden. Kim my fashion guru always on my case regards my fashion problems along the way hopefully lunch is on you on my return before you go off travelling. I hope you have as much fun as I have had and equally  meet people that will leave a lasting impression.

To all my other family thank you,to friends and other readers who took time out of their day to bother to read my meanderings thank you I hope you’ve enjoyed my journey as much as I have. I will still be blogging on what I’m up to before Pete arrives.as I seemed to have arrived 10 days early!!

Taken by Dale whilst I was in a bike shop(no I didn’t buy anything Pete)

Stopping to speak to a guy from Glasgow asking about my trip

Cycling up the last hill to Dales house yesterday afternoon

Relaxing off Dales deck in Chocolate Lake after completing my journey I may have also been having another beer!!!!

My next mission weaning myself off Timmys cinnamon frosted buns just tea now dam!!!!!

No more

Definatly no more of these

Or these poor Timmys sales will go down.

Bedford to Black Rock Beach Halifax -Day 93 -17 km

Ive done it emotional wreck or what. The day finally arrived and I was up and packed awaiting Dale who had kindly offered to guide me down town be my support and cheer for me when black Betty’s wheel dipped in the ocean and also be my photographer today.  A big thanks Dale considering we only just met about 2 weeks ago in New Brunswick as you flagged me down to ask about my trip as a fellow tourer. 

 Dale was as happy as I was.

As we made our way down town Dale leading the way we saw another cyclist  not loaded up so Dale cranked the pace up passed him and I then did so  and left him in my dust was a nice feeling. Dale pointed out places of interest and it is a very nice city with many a hill but as they say manageable or do able.

When we were going down town there was a bit of fog on the water and the sounds of boats blowing their horns which was nice.

Passed millionaires row with their impressive house  for  2 people. Also there was some sort of charity bike ride going as police motorcycles kept stooping the traffic at junctions.

There they go imagine riding that sucker across Canada an interesting concept me think!

Onward to the beach and there we were the moment was there and it finally sunk in I did it  I made it 6,706 km  or 3,728 miles one summer one bike and a lot of nice people on the way helped. Not to mention the support of my family without you I could never have completed it. I will put a update of my feelings for you all when I get a moment this weekend.

Dale helping get the bike back on solid ground due to the weight she sinks in sand, got to look after the old girl. The bike not me!!!!!!

Officially journey’s end

With the life guards 

Then we were off to the waterfront which was fantastic passed Pier 21 where all immigrants use to arrive now a museum. 

 now to look around whilst in search of a beer and something to eat.

The walk way you can still see the fog lingering over the water.

Bit out of my league and yours Derek well who wants one of those churning up the Norfolk broads.


Sums it up

Then on for a spot of lunch and the all important drink lovely way to spent a day good company nice surroundings and sense of achievement.

Once we had lunch we headed to Dales house and I then discovered he lives next to Chocolate lake so it was chill time swimies  on and into the lake from his deck and lounge on a floating with a beer a perfect end to a perfect day

The lake  at the end of the garden. Once again thanks to Dale for making this moment a wonderful occasion.

Truro to Bedford NS – Day 92 – 93Km in blistering heat 

Where am I and how did I get here? I woke this morning to fog and thought it maybe cooler oh so wrong. I was on the rd by 08.30 and heading down Hwy2 and staying off the main hwy was my goal today and manage it I did.

As I started out the weather started to clear very quickly and I was faced with a fantastic day if you were in a mind to sunbath by a pool or the ocean so you could cool down with a swim. Not me you’ve heard of mad dogs and English, go out in the midday sun that was me. I didn’t want to stay put in Truro as the motel I stayed in was lovely but no air con and Mosquitos everywhere. So I thought I would make it half way to Halifax but the journey had other ideas and I ended doing more km due to the fact I couldn’t find anywhere to stop. I certainly was not camping in this weather to dam hot.

As I pulled out of Truro I noticed these wigwams proper ones at that. appears there was a First Nation event going on.

As you can see the weather was still manageable.

On I pushed and no motels etc could be found. I then passed various lakes and people out in them swimming if I had gotten off my bike I would still be sitting in the lake sizzling.

At this point it was getting late in the afternoon I had done calculations when I stopped at timmys earlier and thought I had it in me to make Bedford. Bedford sits at the end of Bedford Basin and when I walked down from my motel you can see the bridge over from Halifax to Dartmouth  and it looks pretty with all the sail boats and people walking on the front area tonight but I didn’t take my camera as I just popped out for milk.

 My confession today is as it got late  and although I felt ok if not a little hot and even had my hair band soaked in water round my neck. It happened the dreaded fall off my bike quickly I must of hit a hole in the rd which wasn’t great and down I went  I landed sprawled on my stomach with hands out. The lorry driver who was passing was great she dusted me down gave me iced water and others came to my assistance. I got up and surprisingly no cuts possible bruising will happen over night I’m sure. The bit that hurts the most is my chest as I went down on my handlebars what a bloody fool. Still blackbetty with stood her battering on her second last day no harm done. I’ve taken a few tablets to ward off stiffness of tomorrow which I’m sure will come.

As I booked into the motel and then had a shower I found my internet wasn’t working in that room so it was off again to a new room which didn’t help moving my bags again but the price I pay to speak to Family. So today was also emotional knowing it is almost complete all my planning and finally the journey almost complete its very difficult to put into words how I’m feeling but I’m sure I will soon when I get my head round it.

Dale a guy who came out and spoke to me as I passed him enroute to the confederation bridge at New Brunswick last week has invited me to stay tomorrow night with him and his family for some maritime hospitality so thanks Dale I’ll see you tomorrow for my final leg, hope I’m not to stiff after my fall but nothing would stop me as I’ve come this far.

What was the temp today well my temp gauge on my bike read 32 at 1700hrs not sure what the humidity was but I’ve never had my arms dripping before not to mention my hair not a good look.

Pictou to Truro – Day 91 – 67Km

This morning  was again a beautiful day and it was going to be hot of that I was sure. So I put on plenty of sun lotion factor 60 should cover it then I sprayed my self with bug off that I bought yesterday these little suckers are not getting me today it’s all out warm on them.

I headed out on the  hwy 376 also known as the blue route.

I would be following this all the way to Truro. The road had shoulder in places but also none in other places but it wasn’t to bad for traffic. In the morning I had small trucks going back and forth by late morning I was on my own with thousands of acres of woodland. Oh did I mention lots of hills, head wind and hot oh yes very hot apparently Nova Scotia is going to be hot all week. Question to myself why did I need to bring wet weather gear and cold gear as I’ve never actually used it. This summer sun seems to have followed me it’s been brilliant as I wouldn’t have wanted to do this route in miserable weather.


As I went along I have never seen so many Scottish names appear either on mail boxes or road signs we even have a loch here.

I believe above is just on the top of mt Thom


  As I was on the old highway I looked up and thought I’m glad I’m not on the new one look at the hill. Wrong as I went round the corner I had my own climb in very hot midday sun but unlike the Rockies I now just drop down to granny gear and climb. 

Then into the above county

Just for the golfers I looked at this hole and thought who planned this. Then I saw the name of the course before I hit a downward run in to Bible hill

Right name of that I’m sure

Yes no bible seen here and no hill either.

Then onto Truro and as I saw the supermarket dived in there to get something to eat for evening meal and the liquor store was next door so I had to pop in and guess what yes they had my  blueberry ale  wheat beer from PEI so I purchased some well I had a little room left in one pannier.

As I sit writing this I had to pop it open and it was well earned today my little treat! 

Eldon PEI to Pictou Nova Scotia- 40km biking plus ferry – Day 90

Last night was very hot so I didn’t get much sleep plus I was bitten by mosquitoes they were even biting through my cycle shorts this morning. Note to self get more spray.

Due to not sleeping well I was up and out on the road much earlier than I thought I would. Even at this time of the morning it was getting hot so in some ways  glad I started early so I could finish early.

A few sites on route to the ferry this morning to take me over to Nova Scotia

I made the ferry quite early paid 20$ and asked where I should go and wait. At that point a lady in a golf buggy stated follow me so I was off whilst everyone waited. There I stood with bike first in line and was boarded first it’s great on a bike!!!

Leaving port on a beautiful day it was like a mini cruise and so warm no jacket  needed so sat on deck just taking in the ferry ride.


Coming in to Nova Scotia at Caribou.  My last Province it was quite emotional. All this time I had been waiting for this and now it was here unbelievable almost at my final destination.

I cycled away looking for the tourist info centre or my final sign then the sign came into view and photo had to be taken.

On I went and due to the heat I had already decided to stop just after midday at Pictou as it is the first port the Scots arrived at in New Scotland.

In the town there is so many Scottish names and even has mrs Macgregors tea room and shortbread also clans tartan signs on the lampposts near to the replica ship Hector

For any family members interested. So I went down town and had something to eat at Sharrons which comes recommended and didn’t disappoint especially as it had air conditioning. Tomorrow I move on to Truro.

Charlottetown to Eldon – Day 89 – 50 km

Eased into today very slowly as knew it was going to be a hot one. I eventually left my motel just after 9.30. A really late start for me but hey not on any schedule. I headed down the confederation pathway all the way into downtown Charlottetown which was quite busy for a Sunday morning. Lots of people were either out on the trail keeping fit or at the farmers market down down. The market didn’t quite have the same vibe as Fredricton but I just wandered about but not a lot in the way of eats. This was a more craft fair by the locals but no room in my panniers I’m afraid.

Tonight as the Internet is not near by I will write the blog then add the photos. I pressed on out of town and took the road across Hillsborough bridge and out on Hwy 1 but soon dived off of that to go down to No 26 but eventually it pushes you back on hwy 1 again. There were some nice views. I then saw a bird of prey sitting on the telegraph wire and got my camera out only for him to take off but have managed to capture some of it. 

I had a bit of a head wind to day and the road kinda sweeps up and down sometimes near to the inlets sometimes not but taking me nearer to the ferry which I will take tomorrow morning all going well. The shoulder was good some of the way the rest of the time it was hit and miss.

Not knowing if there would be any. Shops near my motel tonight a  popped into the Chuckwagon  fresh veg place and had a late lunch and sat as best I could in the shade then headed out again.

Sod’s law what appears 1 km up the rd a garage come grocery store and the motel is 1 km after that isn’t it just the way. Anyway seeing it had, a liquor licence I dived into the cold section and picked out 2 beers for tonight’s treat. I went for the locally brewed stuff and I must say that the blueberry ale is really nice not sweet but has a kick my favourite so far although I also bought a honey and wheat beer for the tasting so I will let you know.


 The trail I started on


 Now which way am I going again.



Views of the day along the route


Every time I got near it moved. Plus I was hot and and difficulty stopping shaking whilst taking it.

There he goes again

Lunch stop

 Trying to find shade.

The end of the day and well earned blueberry beer lovely.

Cavendish to Charlottetown Day 88 50 km

I have added a few more photos from yesterday. I got to Cavendish at about 1700 last night and managed to book into a cheap place where the old lady was extremely nice. I used the swimming pool as it was so hot it was nice to cool off and of course do more excersie before I tackle yet some more lobster. It sounds like I’m living it up but honest cheap room and cheap food. 

I must admit I had to retire in doors later due to my friends the mosquito who were biting big style and my legs have the bites to proof it.

This is French River before Cavendish and the bay’s hold lots of blue mussels farmed I think.

So this morning I left to head towards Charlottetown it was extremely hot with a head wind which didn’t really cool you more like it was a oven door being opened at 200 degrees. I had picked out a motel and while enroute, my lovely hubby had already secured me a room thank you. He did it as it is very busy with the weather being nice and this is busy month for people on holiday.

I didn’t stop much. As I was either going up hill or rushing down hill and not inclined to stop but took a few at North Rustico at the bay there as I was leaving.

Also took a picture below at Oyster bed River

This motel is on the outskirts of Charlottetown so I ventured down the confederation trail to get some food this afternoon but need to go down town possibly tomorrow as I’ve heard it’s nice so would be a shame to miss it. I’m getting  very near now to finishing this trip unfortunately I will be slightly earlier than hoped as Pete doesn’t  arrive till the 1st but so looking forward to being together again and enjoying our holiday. I’m also sad that this journey is also coming to a end as it’s been a long time in planning and so much fun I don’t want it to end but end it must.

Central Bedeque to Cavendish Day 87 – 62km the scenic route

Today was simply beautiful if not just a little to hot but better than miserable weather. I set off towards  Summerside. Then I went on the confederation bike trail all the way up to  Kensington. The island is extremely picturesque. Lots of rolling hills with farm land and the views to the Northumberland straits in the morning and by afternoon  the coast changed to the gulf of St Lawrence.


 People were extremely friendly and I was always stopping to pass the time of day with people which was nice. I then moved on to a place called Mapleque which had a museum of passed land and sea stuff and next door was a artists house displaying their works but also serving coffee and home made cinnamon buns on the veranda. It would have been rude not to go in and sample especially as the owner stopped for a chat whilst cutting the grass. There I met another guy ex forces with his grandson who gave me the low down on where to eat etc so very helpful. So after about 3/4 hours stop I started out again.


The museum next door to the cafe. Onwards took me through Darnley a few ups and downs as the island is not flat by any means so I burnt off my cinnamon bun.

Then Anne of green gables aunt and uncles house and the museum popped into sight as I was going down hill so I shoved on the brakes and went for another detour and visit it was that kind of day.


 There is other updates to put on this blog but it will have to wait till I get near a internet connection that has taken all night to up load theses photos so will resume tomorrow with further updated photos.

More photos of yesterday as promised. Just as requested by Lee more of Anne of Green Gables.

 The actual house now a museum. And also the now gift shop slightly over done with dolls and chinz but the Japanese love it as by the number of tours coming through but I managed to catch it when not many people there as it is  isolated.


The pond she wrote about in front of the house owed by her aunt and uncle.


Shemugue to Central Bedeque PEI – Day 86 – 50km

I was Up and ready to go from my hosts house by 8am. It was a wonderful stay even if Bill was up and away fishing by 4.00am both Marilynn and Bill were wonderful hosts. 

I took the Arcadian Way  hwy 955 and wended my way towards the bridge called the confederation bridge. Enroute there I was stopped by a fellow cyclists who had come out from his house to ask about my journey thanks for taking the time Dale. 

Cyclists and foot passengers have to wait to be transfer by bus across the 9 mile bridge. I waited about 20 mins at the tourist office New Brunswick then crossed and went into Prince Edward Islands info centre to get a few new maps and info on the island.

 Views enroute to the bridge.

After I left the info station I headed out on Hwy 10 westwards and tomorrow I will head towards the North Coast taking in some of the sites this is because I’m ahead of schedule  and have time to have a look around this weekend. The weather is suppose to get hotter so I think I’ll go to the beaches. 

PEI one side has red sands  south side and white sands on the north side. Also it is farm land with lots of potatoes and other crops. It is also very quaint and pretty well what I’ve seen so far so heading to green gables area tomorrow and possibly ride the confederation trails if they are ok.



 Another Province only Nova Scotia left for me to complete on this journey.

 The bridge from PEI side

Today I’m also covered in mosquito bites they came out in force yesterday after the rain then the humid heat they even bit through my clothing  hopefully the bites will clear quickly.

Shediac to Shemogue Day 85 – 39 km

A very short day but glad as it was raining really hard yes I said it raining, only the second day it’s rained all day on this trip which is pretty good going. There has been days with showers but not a full day of rain. Tomorrow the sun is coming out to play again and is set to get nice and warm on Prince Edward Island so looking forward to that.

Today I headed straight to Timmys after leaving the motel in hope it may ease up but after a hour of lingering there I could see it was on for the duration. Whilst there I was asked by some more people about my journey as I sat and nursed my cup of tea.

I set out and it wasn’t cold just very wet  and quite warm. So not many photos today.

 I was hoping to go along the coastal road and have nice views. Well I still went along the rd but the views weren’t all that great I’m afraid.

I was also contending with a bit of a head wind which didn’t help. Half way along to my warmshowers host a guy came cycling up behind me and started chatting to me as I rode along. I maybe doing him an injustice but he made me feel very on edge. He asked about where I was going to and where I came from and that must have cost a lot of money!!!! I was very non comittal in my answers then he told me he was a ex drug addict  and currently on welfare but soon to start seasonal work. I started to go slower and eventually he rode off in front of me and I put distance between us. I must confess it is the first time on the road  I’ve been less  friendly but Hey I could happen anywhere, and he may well have been just a chatty chappie?

I arrived at my warmshowers very early in the afternoon and as I now sit here writing my blog the rain has finally stopped but God are. The Mosquitos out in force. My host is Bill and Marilyn and I got shown Marilyn’s studio where she does fabulous  hand painted silks. Bill is out on his boat as this is the 1st day of the lobster season so he has been out since the early hours and we will go down and collect him soon. Maybe I’ll get a picture of his boat and add it later. First I must put some repellent on as the Devils are biting for sure.

Home for the night and we have just come back from Seeing Bill bring in his boat with the first catch of the season.  

Bills boat after it was unloaded.

Part of his catch for the day.

Our evening meal for the night

Other boats in the harbour the season only lasts till the beginning of October

Our evening meal all cooked and ready for the table once Bill gave me an update on how to actually crack them open. All I can say was wow. They were super and tasted fabulous from boat to plate can’t get any fresher than that. 

Salisbury to Shediac Day 84 – 54 km

As you can see a very short day travelling in lovely sunshine. I left my hosts at about 0845 today and headed out on the 106 hwy towards Moncton. The road was fairly busy some bits were good other bits full of the usual potholes. As I neared Moncton I got a cycle lane which was good although it didn’t last to long. 

This is the Petitcodiac which is also known by locals as the chocolate river due to the muddy waters it also has a tidal surge a bit like the Severn when  they surf on it like wise they do that here at certain times

As I pulled into Moncton I popped into Timmys for breakfast  and to fill up my water bottles I had forgotten to replenish. I then got chatting to 2 guys called Mike and Woody who saw my sign across Canada and were asking all about my trip which was nice. I had checked my route and wasn’t planning on going to far today. I also needed to do essential like get my phone topped up and my washing done. Next stop was the laundromat just down the road and on my route out of town. There I met a couple who were driving across Canada and they to were catching up on mundane stuff like fresh clothing.

After all that it was time to hit the road again although there was quite a bit of roadworks but I managed to go on the pavement and skip around without upsetting the road workers sometimes it’s handy been on a bike. 

The road to the coast was ok  no major dramas  more houses than I have been use to but still wooded area and fields and the odd Hwy to cross over.

Then it was into town of Shediac which is on the coast  round from the gulf of St Lawrence but stands on the Northumberland Strait. It was extremely busy as this is peak tourist season. The place is famous for Lobsters as can be seen by their giant one as you enter town. I tried to get a photo but there was a bus load of Japanese tourist who had just got of the bus armed with cameras it’s funny to watch.


I must have managed to get some without  the bus tour amazing as they were clambering all over.

It was then off to try and find a place to stay and as you can see I was successful even thou a little pricey but this is seaside country and it bumps up the prices so tomorrow I move on towards  Prince Edward Island but I’m going to go the coastal route and take my time as I have a warm showers host tomorrow night just down the road so not many km tomorrow either.

View of the bay as I pulled in

My room for the night 

So it’s good night  and write more tomorrow

Mill Cove to Salisbury  Day 83 – 93 km 

Well Ed made a mean breakfast and I said my good byes and on the road by 8am this morning. The sun was out and the road was fairly quiet as I made my way along to join the 112 hwy. I passed  various housing and lots of forest.  

Last of the lake before I turned south then East. Also a small cafe next to campsite but not open but then I had just had breakfast.


Plenty of forest  this was before Coles island and turning onto hwy 112 which I was to stay on most of the day.

  Going east 

  Hwy2 which I’m avoiding going on although I’m allowed to ride it

At about 60 km I met a French girl also touring on her bike but going from Halifax back to Quebec City so we stopped exchanged details of roads a head and things and wished each other well then both of us went our separate ways. I noted she had far less stuff to carry than I.

 I’ve noticed a few of these house along my travels, spot the front door but no steps to get there interesting concept I thought wouldn’t like to have a couple of drinks and step out!!!!

  Went passed the came back  to look at house sign

   Well we know what happens here when you visit.
As I made my way towards my  host for the night a lady and small child were at the end of their drive and started to speak to me. Later found out her name was Terri and her grandaughter who kindly invited me in for a cold drink on a very warm day thanks  it was much appreciated and so we chatted for a while then I had to make tracks.

Terri outside her house thanks again

As I pushed on there was a bit of a climb before I wended downwards towards Salisbury 

A view from the top

Into Kings county to be fair I had just been in the Queens county.

As I came to the outskirts of the town what should loom up but Timmys so I dived in there and had my usual treat well I’d done 90 km and I need my treat. Whilst there I managed to make contact with Pete just to update as I was 

doing that a guy rode in saw my bike. Smiled and waved a fellow tourer we all gravity to Timmys see not just me!

He also has crossed Canada and had left Fredricton this morning and going further passed Moncton today so about 160 km  he is going all the way to St Johns NF then coming back and on the ferry and cycling to Halifax where he has a flight back to Frankfurt on the 5th sept. He orginal was only going to Halifax but has been So fast is doing the St. John’s then Halifax mad fool… and that’s also having done extra and gone to Niagra Falls he must has been going really fast or I’ve been going exceptional slow!!!!

I arrived at my hosts just after 6 pm and had a well earned shower and sat chatting to Larry  and his wife but early to bed tonight then I will head out to the coast tomorrow my first glimpse of the ocean or should I say part of the Northumberland Strait  before turning towards Prince Edward Island

Fredricton to Mill Cove Day 82 – 64 km

I knew today I only had about 60 km to cover so got a late start. So  I was packed up and on the road by 09.30 which for me was late. I was following the river on hwy 105 for the day which would eventually lead me to Mill Cove my destination for the night,

Note the British flag unusual as it’s the only the first I’ve seen out here on a private dwelling, also quite a stiff breeze blowing a Cross wind for me today. 

After a while cycling I came across a fruit and veg place with Mr potato head out side so I went in got a few bits and of course some chocolate milk to keep me going.


 Mr potato head of course.

  Passed Sheffield of course it very small compare to ours in fact I do believe I blinked and missed it.

  Then around 1130am I spied a diner open so it was second breakfast and lunch all rolled into one. It was great really unusual  inside as you will see from the photos but great food and was very very busy for a Sunday morning. 
Nice I wouldn’t mind this

As you can see it had everything in here and so much more with dining at the front but seemed to work well. Then it was back to the road and push on. At Jemseg I came to diversion sign to go onto  Hwy 2 but I thought it maybe rd works I could go through so I ignored. On I travelled about 5 km and came up against the rd being shut to cross the bridge.

Undaunted and no turning back I lifted the panniers off and pushed my bike round and hoped the bridge was safe as you can tell I’m still here.

It was ok but if was looking worse for wear. 

Views of the grand lake came into view

 I was looking for my hosts house which I got told was down the rd and last cottage before you hit the water. As I ventured down a track or should I say a private rd I was greeted by what I was to discover was my host Kathy driving up to greet me. She rolled the window down and stated warm showers  I replied yes and made my way down to her cottage to be greeted by the family. May I say hospitality second to none. I was warmly received and next minute I knew Ed had a bottle of beer in my hand and off to sit by the fire pit over looking the lake fantastic. 

What a place to come to most weekends and during the summer months. Also there was Ted and  Kathys daughter and husband and grandaughter who is only 3 but came straight out and said I had a funny accent. 

Sunset over Grand Lake after to many beers to count and blast I forgot to take photos of my hosts. In between we had a fabulous meal so thanks again guys for putting me up it was awesome and another night by a fire similar to Corals Cabins back in BC .  You Canadians are truly friendly. Sorry not posted last night but no internet which suit the place a complete switch off and chill place.

Fredricton Still here – Day 81

Well as you can see still here. Decided to stay another day and check out the town. Because I’m on the road going out of town and the one I’ll take tomorrow I biked into town over the cycle bridge which didn’t take long and I was heading first to the famous farmers market on a Saturday. It didn’t disappoint just a pity I couldn’t carry all the stuff I wanted. The place was packed inside and out with loads of  foods from all over the county and the smells all very tempting. I started with freshly squeezed orange and then just immersed myself looking at cakes,breads, art and wood work all by local people.

I must admit I did give way to a freshly made lobster  bun from local fisherman Mike and it was delicious. I’m writing this thinking all I do is eat well I’m making up for not eating yesterday. I then bought myself a home made small apple pie for tomorrow but have had a bit tonight well  saves carrying!!!

It was then off to explore the barracks and old part down by the river. 

Says city hall on the front  but not sure if it’s a hotel now. Later on  I saw  2 lads dressed as soldiers in red tunics standing either side of the steps as I cycled past.

The old barrack quarters for the men now on the bottom is artisans  gift shops

Was. The old garrison now New Brunswick hall of fame.

Officers square and where there is free music and concerts the buildings are still impressive. This was a British garrison  originally and they sent people down to Kingston where I also visited and I can’t imagine that journey in the snow and all the water and forest that had to be crossed makes you think.

This is lighthouse on the green which is a cafe so I tied up blackbetty as it was lunchtime went up for a look. Also to get out of the sun as I have sunburn on my left arm from yesterday.  I sat under a parasol and before I knew it I was sipping the local summer  wheat beer whilst eating  a lovely burger grilled by the chef outside on the patio and watching the world go by a perfect Saturday I think.

View from the lighthouse

This is the bridge for walkers and cyclists only, which is good keeps us safe. Although to day twice I saw cars and cyclists shouting at one another quite amusing  but everyone should chill  I certainly was by mid afternoon!!!!!

So I’m moving on tomorrow  towards the coast but will not reach there for a couple of days. Tomorrow nights stop is beside a lake, I’ll update more on that tomorrow if I have Internet.

Woodstock to Fredericton  Day 80- 99 km

Last night I had a super meal at the motel which was good as I hadn’t really eaten properly since leaving Rivière du loup. So I was in bed early and surprisingly slept really well and was up early and ready to leave just before 8am into a beautifully sunny day.

I was just thinking what a lovely day when my first hill loomed into sight still nothing I couldn’t handle. Then I noticed the handling of the bike was wrong looked down dam another puncture so there I was changing a tyre first thing in the day.

As I put the tyre back again I finally believe I’ve found the problem. I saw a small nick in the tyre and got my knife out only to dig a piece of glass out I believe when I went off rd yesterday it must have caused a small part to put a hole in the inner tube. So I took the tyre off again and dug out all the glass well I hope I have. I believe it’s been in there a long time. 

I knew at some point today I wanted to get on the old 102 Hwy so followed directions from Amy thanks pal. As I was going through Meductic a lady stopped and also suggested the same route then as it was so hot invited me in for some homemade lemonade( how could I refuse)  so I sat in the kitchen in a very comfortable rocking chair chatting away. So by 11 am I had not got very far. 


 Another view of the day

  Down Richie rd as told by Amy and a local  a bit bumpy but off I went

  Then turned very rocky but down by the river

  And finally the bridge although due to the height had to haul black Betty up which was a bit of a struggle 

  Then a little further I was on the old Hwy 102

Which I followed up and down till God knows why I believe Google but turn off to be directed down to the university where I was going to stay tonight.

I took a left at what I thought was top of a climb off to kingsclear which would bring me in on the 640.oh so very wrong. When will I learn stick with what you planned. It may have only been 27 km to go but boy did I fight for every single one. As I turned off I was still climbing and the road was like a roller coaster up and down. As I finally joined the 640 I was hit with serious roadworks I mean no Tarmac just a rough dirt track and cars bouncing in pot holes stop and go etc which further delayed me. By this time on the rd I hadn’t had anything to eat since breakfast and no shop in sight today. Timmys came into view but congestion on the rd etc I  just wanted to get to my accommodation for the evening.

I pulled in at the uni office only to find the hostel makes you put a  deposit on keys which you then have to return on the morning of departure which meant a 15 min journey back up a hill to return a key plus no where secure to leave my bike at the hostel downtown and if I stayed on campus no food so it was  going into downtown  On that note I declined and went off in search of other digs. I suppose I could have worked something out but with the heat and lack of food I just left . 
I cycled across the bridge to try and get something on the 105 which I will leave on and found the Norfolk Motel well it was going to be alright after all I come from Norfolk so here I am. Unsure now what my plans are if I continue onwards tomorrow I will have to do a food shop. I only managed to get something from a local garage tonight. Or do I stay and go to the big market in town tomorrow and have a day off decision? Maybe I’ll sleep on it. I know between here and Moncton there is not a lot in between so I need to stock up as I will have to camp.

Also in all this mucking about to day I missed at the end of the day my 6,000 km mark

Not long to go now but I’m feeling it now with the hills. But I will push on now I’ve come this far.

Florenceville to south of Woodstock Day 79  – 53 Km 

Short day but sure I will feel better for it. Was late up compared to normal as I knew today I was going to do a short stage. So breakfast was at the motel as part of the deal then I was on the road by just after nine. It was perfect Hwy 105 ran beside the river and rd surface appeared not to bad in town a bit bumpy when going out into the countryside.

First thing my view of the river which was nice.

My first stop of the day was in the next village along Hartland which has the longest covered bridge so was interest to stop there but before that I had a quick pop into yes you guessed Timmys for mid morning cuppa and to check the route as Internet was rubbish again but always works at Timmys funny that!

First view of the covered bridge

It’s a pretty little village and lots of people stopping to walk the bridge

I then pushed  on as I came out of Hartland I was reminded on what several blogs had said about a steep hill and going onto the trail to the side. As it rained yesterday and I’d been told you dont make much time going on the trail I stayed on the road. Yes it was steep in places and I was expecting this so what with yesterday’s up and downs that’s why at Timmys I had already selected where I was staying tonight and actually book it.
The first climb of the day then it was a bit of a roller coaster along the river. When I did stop I was bombarded by black flys but I did manage to clock several 50 kph going down the other sides. I saw a beautiful Eagle soaring just above at the top of the hill but when I stopped to focus the camera hoarders of flys started on me so I could  take anything just got on my bike and pedalled hard to get away which was a shame.

This is the scenic route sign but I prefer to call it follow the snail as that’s what I was like sometimes but I getting my hill legs back again after all the flat stuff of late.

At Woodstock I crossed the bridge to the other side of the St John River not sure how many times I’ve crossed it in the last couple of days but it breaks the journey up a bit. 

Woodstock is recorded as New Brunswick first town and seemed really nice as I went through and picked up Hwy 165. Again this ran along the other side of the river from this morning.

But I must confess after the climbing before Woodstock when  I crossed the bridge I treated myself to a delicious ice cream.

Boy it was really nice and just what I needed after the hills.

It wasn’t far south of Woodstock before my motel came into view unlike yesterday this one was open and very friendly even serving food tonight which I have decided to sample. 

Room with a view of the river can’t be bad and a early finish to day. Tomorrow I push on to the capital of New Brunswick which is Fredericton there I’m staying for 2 nights.

St Leonard to Florenceville Bristol – Day 78 110km

Last night I booked into a motel which was quite expensive as only one about at the end of a long day. First the internet failed which was annoying as I hadn’t spoken to family and secondly because I do my planning for the next day through the google maps and other factors. It came back by that time I was tired so I was sound a sleep only to be woken with the alarm going off, it 

appears someone set it before me for 12 midnight so I managed in my sleep to roll over and turn off or so I thought. Round 2 the bloody thing went off again must have been in snooze mode not best please is a understatement. I had to turn the light on to figure it out then took time to get back to sleep.

Needless to say I wasn’t sticking around for breakfast even though I was to get 10% off. So on the road by 8am and headed to Grand Falls. As I entered town I saw the big McCain  plant appears they are big around here. As I came in I also saw Walmart so dived into  the shop to buy supplies also I had run out of cooking fuel but they didn’t stock it. Coming out I  saw Tim hortons so pulled in for breakfast and to use the Internet to plan my day.

  First view of the day just before entering town on 144 Hwy

 I was slow getting out of Timmys as I was still tired and having difficultly with the route but finally my choice was made I would take the 105 hwy to Perth Andover. Next stop was getting fuel from across the road at Canadian Tire then onto the town and the falls.


Quite impressive with 2 zip wires going across so I stood and watched people flying across which was good

 The road was ok but lots of pot holes but not used by much traffic. It was also quite hilly in places but manageable. I stopped for something to drink  around midday as it was getting very hot and sticky and knew that meant thunderstorms as I saw navy blue skies coming up. As I was about 20 mins out of Perth Andover the heavens opened up but as there was no place to shelter I just carried on. I reached Perth and pulled in at a cafe to have something to eat and drink and wait for the weather to change as I thought it to early to stop. I should have stopped as I was later to discover but as I saw blue sky popping through I thought I’d change tack and try another rd.


 Views from the Hwy105


 Drinks stop before the heavens opened up.

So from Perth I headed up the hill onto the Hwy 130 to see if it was any better it appeared ok with large shoulder, again hills but manageable  and having checked Google there was a motel 25 km down the road so I thought!!!! Wrong as it started to rain again and rumbles of thunder started again just as I pulled up to the motel. There I was greeted by a women who was boarding up windows and said it had been closed for sometime now, but not according to dear old Google. So on my bike again another few miles to be done to Florenceville Bristol(what a name)  apparently I didn’t take a photo due to rain it’s the French fries capital of the world yes and boy can you smell it coming from McCain factory. So when will I learn not to trust google? I’m not sure of my route tomorrow I seem to be crossing and re crossing St Johns river. I’m sure tomorrow will be no different but hopefully a little less mileage.

I would update with a few more pics but Internet is slow again  so if I remember I’ll try tomorrow not that many due to weather. 

View from Hwy 130 just out side Perth Andover 

  Clearview appears not many houses but yes it shows me a clear view of yet another hill!


Temiscouta -sur-le-lac to St Leonard – Day 77 – 93 km

I was up early this morning  and on the road before 8am as I knew when I crossed into New Brunswick  I lose a hour due to time zone. The weather was nice not to hot to start with a bit of a head wind but I was heading back down to the trail I came off yesterday which shielded  me from some of the wind.

Temiscouta Lac first thing this morning as I headed to the trail

On the trail with the sun shining on the water.

One of quite a few of these bridges along the trail way

So I did the trail to the New Brunswick border there were a few places I had to hop off at as there were quite a few trees on the pathway making it impossible to get passed possibly from the windy and rain yesterday. 

The border on the trail nice sign

I then came off the trail went across the road to the information centre to get some info and new maps. I decided to go back on the trail for a short time then take the 144 highway which goes through Edmundston and  to this location. It runs  near the Hwy 2 and has a shoulder most of the way but not as busy as the main Hwy. Tonight I’m going to decide with the info given as to which route to take from Grand Falls. This afternoon it got very hot and I had head winds but I pushed on  but by mid afternoon I was really tired so called it a day. 

I followed the St Johns  river down the road and on the other side is Maine USA so I took pictures of some of the settlements across the way.

So as I came into New Brunswick I went to Timmys to which I was able to get my usual fix which was lacking in Quebec Province. Simple things in life to keep me going. 

Rivière du loup to Temiscouta sur le lac  Day 76 – 83 Km

Today was a trying day for so many reasons. I was up and had breakfast and also packed up and ready to hit the road at 8 am. As I pulled out the rain started although it was very warm and yes a southerly head wind so everything that was not wanted I got. I put my wet weather gear on only to get very hot luckily by the time I had got up  out of town ( big hill to climb to start day) the rain was just down to some showers so jacket was quickly taken off. Not a good start.

The river and falls as you come out of town.

I was then looking for the trail I would be taking today. Thanks Amy for where I was suppose to be going.

The trail I would be on most of the day. For the first 50 km you slowly climb only 4% as its a old railway line but I don’t know if it was the gravel my bike weight or the head wind but I struggled and it seemed ages to do any km plus I kept hearing thunder then I would get gusts of wind so strong I felt like I was going no where but kept going.

Raining again but with the wind you couldn’t get dry as it just blew in.

Then the sun would come out again and so would the flys 

My bike and panniers just fitted through these gates which you have  to slow down as you bounce over them. I thought I would stop at Saint – Louis- du Ha Ha yes the place does  exist.

Wrong my plan went down the pan when the heavens opened and a massive thunder storm struck so I was trapped in a rest stop outside said place.

It got worse and  the rain wasn’t taking time to come down so stuck in  a rest stop with rain coming in the side with the wind. After that the trail was a gritty mess full of puddles and clogging up the gears and the brakes sounded horrendous on the bike.  Also the storm kept coming around for round 2.

So at Cabano I came off the trail and took to the road as I had a motel, pickked and according to Google was only 10km away. What it didn’t say was to end my day I had  3 mighty climbs to put in. So here I sit near to the main highway but it looks very hilly so tomorrow if the trail is dry I will head down the hill and continue round the lake on the trail towards Edmundston. At the moment it thundering again but still warm so I’ll see what tomorrow brings but hopefully won’t be as bad as today, I knew there would be a sting in the tail of this adventure that being we are back to headwinds, and hills oh and because I’ve not seen much rain it’s going to test me now.

That was just the first of three hills to finish with by then the sun was out but rain not to far away.

Rivière Du Loup Day 75 still here.

Got up this morning and had a lovely breakfast with everyone. It is one of the nicest hostels I’ve stayed at a mixed bunch and quite a few cyclists. A lot have driven up here and now either cycling the trails or kayaking. 

After breakfast I  had a chat with Chris who got in late last night  as he cycled straight from Quebec. He is also cycling across Canada but he has done some  distances in one day (240km) he says he loves going fast. He is here for another night but no doubt will pass me somewhere on the road the next day.

I then cycled to the ferry terminal down on the  coast to await the boat taking me whale watching. It was down hill all the way with a tail wind which would be so good on the way back up.

On the cycle path this appeared it Noel chateau with a Father Christmas outside unusual I thought. Theatre was a bit choppy as we left. It would take us up to Saguenay river and in line with Taduassac on the other side of the St Lawrence seaway

About a hour into the journey we saw a whale breach which was great  after that we were all on the look out. So as the journey progressed we saw 3 Minkie whales breaching and feeding with loads of seals all around them it was magic.  Mind you by then we had a shower or two and it was windy chopped and getting cold but worth it.

Dark clouds looming and a bit of lightning 

Everyone was out I think I fancy a rib better than the bigger boat I was on. It was impossible to get a photo sorry peeps just take my word it was good.

On the way back the storm clouds gathering 

No rain so got back to the hostel dry and ready for the meal  they provided for 10 $ which was very nice  with lots of noise as is often the case when French people gather for a meal  but Luke who went on the boat trip with me translated the bits I missed.

The  table was set for a good night

I started the bottle last night so I needed to finish it tonight as I’m not carrying it. Also athe table the ricard was flowing or Pernod to you and me. A good night had by all . I have now got 3 room mates one from France and 1 from Quebec and one from Montreal  all very nice.

Tomorrow I’ll set off again to follow the trail down towards Edmundston.

St Andre to Rivière du loup Day 74 km 30 km

Not far today at all as yesterday I did more km than I needed to to find a room. Had a nice meal last night and met some fellow bikers so sat with them for a while. They are interest as would like to cross Canada to

So another nice cycle day but a very short one. Booked two nights at the hostel and needed the bike tyre sorted. The ride into town was uneventful but lovely scenery as always. Passed through a small town of Notre dame Portage  which was really nice and hugs the coastline rivière is actually quite hilly so look forward to leaving not!!!!!  

On the road in this morning

I arrived in town at about 10.30 and went to the tourist info to get map of my next bit of the journey which should be off the highway down a cycle trail well technically speaking up a cycle trail 4% gradient to begin with and I believe that takes me all the way to Edmundston which means into New Brunswick a new province. Whilst at the info centre I managed to book a sight seeing trip on a boat out to see if I can see some whales tomorrow so looking forward to that.

It was then onto the bike shop to see about my rear tyre. I thought it needed looking at to make sure it doesn’t have a wire that I couldn’t find sticking into my inner tube. The owner didn’t speak English but we managed some how to explain the problem he was very helpful and I was going to buy a new tyre but all he had was a continental city tyre which I was concerned about. In the end he took my tyre off checked the inner  and could find nothing wrong with it and advised it was a better one than the one he was offering so we put a new inner tube in and he stated I should pump the tyres up regularly  so only cost me 13.00 $ for inner tube and his time nice one  and highly recommended to any other cyclist Hobby  Cycle Inc. downtown thanks.

I went to the hostel which is downtown it’s really nice and friendly and asked as I shouldnt book in till  1400. Could I store my gear. I did so then was going off to shop for food when she said my room was ready so in by mid day. 

I love it when a plan comes together a good day so far catching up on  chores  I repacked my bags ditched some stuff so the weight is spread more evenly,washing and contacting family and of course  eating when I get around to cooking tonight. I have even went out and got a cheeky little French bottle of wine to go with my chicken pasta and some smelly French cheese to finish with. God I know how to live it up at a hostel. Bon Appetite! Oh and I have selected the bottom bunk in my room for 4 but as yet I’m Billy no mates.

So looking forward to a lie in tomorrow followed by my boat trip. I must go and cook, or will I have a glass of wine first oh sod it lets start off with a drink first out on the patio.

Montmagny  to St Andre Day 73 – 110 km

had a lovely sleep in My chic motel last night. 3 wetabix breakfast and I was full of energy for the day ahead. As I left the hotel I was also blessed with the wonderful tail wind pushing me on and it felt great 20 km just flashed by.  The country side and the views of the river were great. I started seeing hills in the distance my side so know some time soon I’ll be venturing in land after Rivieres du loup which is where I’m heading for Saturday and Sunday. 


Crossing the river leaving my motel 


Pictures of the St Lawrence and at this rate I thought I’d make it to Rivieres Du Loup today but the gods had other plans. I like stopping to read the history of the place and points of interest normally but for some unknown reason in Quebec Province they do not have translation like other states into English . A bit one sided to a tourist who just wanted info. I then went into tourist info centre in one town but she could only tell me about that place so not very helpful. So come on Quebec you need to help tourist out here with  signage.

 At lunch time I stopped at Timmys to check if the hostel had room for me but they were full so that  changed my plans. Booked in there tomorrow for 2 nights thou. As I left Timmys the sky turned very dark and I was heading into it dam.

So I took shelter in the only thing I could find

I waited it out but as usual it passed and I stayed dry and most important warm with the sun coming out. Yes I’m jammy but that’s the breaks

Another village with a pretty river running through it

I would have loved to explore in there hidden gems abound

Coming into kamouraska a pretty town on the river front but unfortunately no room at the inn so on I went to  St Andre here , where in my best French managed to secure a room and a lovely meal for the night. As luck would have it another pair of cyclists have just rolled in so going to have a  drink with them.

Any port in a storm  I like it

Quebec to Montmagny – Day 72 – 60 km

After a busy day sightseeing I thought I’d get a good nights sleep how wrong. It was just to hot my fellow roomies from the south of France were great we tried windows open doors open and leaving the curtains open to let the air come through. It was still a hot sticky night but managed some sleep even thou I could hear people and cars in the street below. I woke and looked at my I pad I’m sure it said 6.20am I waited and thought I’d get up early shower and have breakfast and be on my way. Wrong read the clock wrong I was hour early so by 6.50 I was waiting for breakfast to open up.

I was on the the road and caught the ferry just after 0830am and in some ways missed the heat of the day later on. 

Leaving Quebec crossing to Levis  with all the commuters but not to busy. Speaking to fellow bikers and as usual the two question most asked  was by yourself, and how many flat tyres.

The hills just outside Quebec City

The waterfall from the other side of the water

More views as I left Levis going slightly up hill on the cycle path stretched the legs. But I must admit was feeling rather tired today but pushed on.

Look my own little cycle path walkers on the far left and we even have roundabouts neat. Everyone  is very friendly and bonjour Madame was the order of the day, with a few coming up from behind me seeing my sign and shouting Bon voyage.

Along the St Lawrence  I went.

I stopped at a little village at a grocery store and picked something out for my meal to night and baguette for lunch day sorted.

My grocery shop lovely little village and friendly shop. Saint Michel de Bellehassle.

Yes in someone’s garden beats  gnomes!

Also these I just had to stop and take photos

 Lunch stop today where I stopped.

Then it got very hot and sticky  today and I knew we maybe in for rain later. My host at Montreal had given me a name of a motel called Motel Wig Wam so as I came into town I thought I’d have a early mark and catch up on sleep. The weather then turned cloudy  then got hotter as I went out for milk was a bamy 31 but as suspected it’s now raining glad I took the decision to stop.

A rainy night but warm.

Quebec Rest Day -Day 71 Scorching

Last night after a few  drinks I managed to climb into my top bunk before my fellow roomies arrived home. To say the room was like a sauna is putting it mildly but I fell a sleep due to my few drinks only to be woken by my roomies crashing about. After that due to the heat it was off and on sleep and I was up early for breakfast and to get some cool air a fan doesn’t do it no air conditioning here. My roomies leave today so I’ve shifted to bottom bunk before my new roomies move in today.

I was at the tourist info by 9am and booked a double whammy bus then boat trip to see the waterfall up the river. I thought due to the heat I wasn’t going to cycle and if I walked about I would be equally shattered. So a good choice as it happens and got a quick glimpse of everything so Pete and I can come back.

This is actually part of the railway station would you believe 

This sits on top of one of the churches St  Roch Saint of animals. It was just next to the Mec which I resisted going into (great outdoor shop)

Pretty good art work under the motorway looked really cool

The iconic chateau now a hotel with over 600 rooms bit pricey I’m just down the road in dossers paradise!!!! I know my place

The grain silos on the harbour massive.

This is the street where all local artists and tourist go to buy stuff nice  with lots of cafes at the bottom a bit like St Micheals Mount near St Malo. To say there is all sorts of shopping to be done in Quebec is a understatement  but on a bike trip it makes no sense to buy anything you have to carry.
It can be reached by going down the funicular 

As you can see the hotel at the top and cafes etc at the bottom  on a lovely very hot summers day nothing better.
  Cartier St I think it has great art lampshades up and down

My ferry that will transport me across the river tomorrow to Levis

Going up the river you can see the hills where they go skiing in the winter 

Montmorency Falls higher than Niagra Falls I’m told and can be climbed in the winter when they freeze

The smaller one at the side. Still impressive so worth a return visit Pete 

To some up Quebec it has a vibe of a European City  very French  plenty of places to eat and sit people watching.

So it’s a early night and try not to wake my room trying to get all my bags downstairs tomorrow.

Cap Sante to Quebec City – Day 70 67 km

I was woken to a boat going up the St Lawrence and sounding it’s Fog horn  I looked out to see fog  but still warm. The time I got dressed packed up and had breakfast the fog had cleared a bit and didn’t cause any problems. In a hour it had burned off leaving a very warm day with bright sunshine. Thank goodness there was a breeze but it was very warm.

First thing as I cycled along.

I love this out side a supermarket your trolley, becomes  a chariot here I must remember that when going up and down the aisles should I put spikes on my chariot like Ben Hur!!!!!

I saw the old guy who stopped to offer assistance when I had my puncture yesterday he was out for his daily cycle and waved  at me as I passed going the other way.

Not to far. But after I took the coastal  route it added on the km but it was a nice ride if not a little hilly as I approached. Quebec City I believe that’s what it will be like when I continue on Thursday. Well I knew the flat couldn’t last for ever.

Looking out on the seaway as I continued towards Quebec.

It’s getting nearer

The promenade I cycled along to get to the old port it was lovely  with people out sitting  and cyclist  and runners and walkers all out and about.

Even lunch time exercise classes being completed

People just chilling in the area

The pathway I followed

Art work along the front

Just a few photos as I walked about looking for somewhere to eat. Will explore more tomorrow. I know the middle picture is St Johns Gate the bottom looked a nice restaurant for expensive people not for the likes of me staying in a hostel. 

As it happens my bunk was bottom one but got the top bunk as some whipper snapper as stolen my allocated space. This could be fun tonight as the hostel is selling Weiss beer from Belgium which is going down nicely on a warm summers night and I haven’t met my fellow roomies that will teach them. I’ll move down to the bottom when they leave tomorrow. Carrying my bags up 2 flights was bad when I arrived as I was so hot but felt better after a shower  speaking to Pete then out for a Billy no mates meal which I don’t mind meal was nice and I even had chocolate  cake  for pudding which was heavenly( look I didn’t eat lunch) and no Timmys today what do you want me to starve.

Now my friend  Amy made her final destination to day  at Newfoundland having started at Victoria BC long before me so a big well done Amy a achievement well deserved so I raise my glass to you my friend  oh it’s empty I’ll have to hit the bar again what am I like. Wish I was there to celebrate in person. 

The host has a mixed bunch even people my own age and a bar man who likes Dire Straits so not that bad.

Trois Rivieres  to Cap Sante – Day 69 – 69 km

What can I say about  last nights motel except it was nice to leave enough said. Today the weather started cloudy but humid and hot and by lunch time I had to find a table in the shade at Sainte-Anne-de-la-Perade. I was so hot. Also because of not getting enough sleep last night  I fell asleep resting my head on the table and felt better. 

The little towns today were no exception very pretty and some lovely old churches.

Almost felt like it was going to thunder but it didn’t first thing before the sun came out very quickly.

A lot of the churches look very similar round here and they like the double turret but very imposing.


Very pretty village down by the St Lawrence even went down to their jetty and the  church above and historical house was part of the village.

Watched the locals launch their boat to go fishing down at the small harbour of Champlain.

I knew I wasn’t going to go to far today as I’m not booked into the Quebec hostel till tomorrow so was just staging to my location tonight but with the help of Pete last night managed to find a nice motel which is reasonable and best of all clean!!!!!

One of the big boats going by earlier today

Also crossing a bridge which told cyclists to dismount and walk which was a tight squeeze with panniers on, only to watch the French women h ignoring that and cycling across but I was committed and couldn’t turn round so lesson learnt (when in Rome).

A tight fit 

Also lots of fruit stands at the side of the road I went passed but unable to carry strawberries or raspberries

The bridge coming into Saint Anne for a lunch time break under the bridge are again a double frontage church


And another 

By early afternoon the sun was fully out and it was like cycling through a open oven door at 200. It was then I noticed black Betty was not handling well I looked down to find rear tyre almost flat so I stopped to pump it up  but it wouldn’t stay up. Sod’s law only 10 km from my motel and now the sky’s were turning dark blue with rumbles of thunder. Well the Grand Prix guys would have been impressed at how quick I took panniers off changed the inner tube and I was off. I pulled in hot sticky and even dripping sweat on the Tarmac outside the motel. Again no rain  but as I sit and write this it’s raining with thunder so glad I’m not camping also puncture repaired only a tiny hole I’ve checked the inner tyre and couldn’t find anything but something is causing these punctures.


Lanoraie to Trois Rivieres – Day 68 – 86 km

I got up late and it must have rained last night but I didn’t hear it. Although very cloudy it was still hot outside so I packed up and hit the road. I was expecting it to thunder or rain today but it didn’t instead it turned warm and at about midday the sun shone through making it very warm indeed.

I decided today to follow the route verte5 and go off and also see  Chemin Du Roy  in occasion places. It appears back in 1737 that the French government wished a road built to connect all the little settlements along the way. It is known in English as the Kings route and at one time the longest road known.

As I journeyed along the route the area is very green and mostly farm land with small villages and towns dotted along the way. The area is also quite flat and although I saw cows, they seem to like growing corn in the cob with fields and bins of the stuff

 Corn stored

The boats first thing on the St Lawrence

As you can see some of these towns have been here some time 

The village square as I passed through just after 9am although surprisingly the bar was open with lots of people in it?

This one was for sale tempting but no!

The town hall at St Barthélemy

Although a small town quite an impressive building

I would have liked to explore this place but how to carry anything on blackbetty and get it home

 The bridge and weir at Maskinonge

As I made my way to Trois  the road works started thank goodness it was Sunday and that my motel tonight is on the other side of Trois as I wouldn’t like to hit that in rush hour.

 Looking out to St Laurent 

Going across the, bridges to Trois Rivieres. Today was lovely day for cycling and as they say I was in the zone and loving every moment of my trip but I’m sure there maybe a sting in the tale of my journey somewhere coming up but till then I’ll enjoy these moments. At the end of the day I treated my self  to a beer with my cobbled together meal of chicken and salad and now feel quite light headed. If only I had another dam.

My only gripe of the day is what’s happened to my frosted ice bun in Timmys they never have them here in Quebec shame sort it Timmys please. To add insult to injury Amy my friend treated herself to one whilst waiting on her ferry to Newfoundland  and sent me a picture not on!!!  Well done Amy only 16 hours on the ferry then 130 km to go to St Johns and home to Victoria BC on Saturday. A big well done across Canada 

Montreal to Near  Lanoraie Day 67 – 104 km

As you can see I’m between  the above and  Bethierville in a motel over looking the St Lawrence. I was up early and had breakfast with Gavin and Elisa before we started out just after 8 am. Gavin had kindly offered to get me through Montreal which was brilliant. I know it has route verte but when we heading towards the Old Port we kept crossing the canal going left and right just as well as I would have had to stop and start. There was loads of people out cycling,jogging,walking ,yoga proving people do take care of themselves in all sorts of sports on and off the water very impressive.

They have a bike path separate from walkers and joggers so well thought out.

Some of the factories along the water front converted to loft living and apartments looked really nice on a beautiful morning for cycling. Gavin got me to Jaques Cartier Bridge then told me to follow route 5 and surprisingly no problems at all. 

I stopped for another cup of tea at Timmys and bumped into a American couple from Boston up also touring the area but no panniers as they  stay in local motel then ride out. They asked all about my trip and Liz  the lady actually comes from Dublin but lives in Boston for the last 25 yrs  she  was lovely so we said our goodbyes and I was off again.

I see what you mean Gavin not the prettiest route out a lot of dock area but I continued onto the bridge just before lunch.

The bridge that took me off the Island of Montreal. I was then stopped by 2 Canadian guys passing who also were crossing Canada but they only started in June but they did admit to very long days riding not for me over 200 km a day they also can confirm Amy that hwy 17 to Sudbury was the worse they have ever been on. They sped off hoping to reach home 2nd week in August in St John Newfoundland. I on the other hand went at a more sedate pace not wanting to arrive to early in Halifax. 

So along the road I went into pretty towns and villages plenty of places to stop and eat out here and typically French. As it warmed up yes very hot with the sun on me by early afternoon I needed to stop for refreshments so picked a road side cafe over looking the river that all the motor cyclists seemed to favour.

Sitting at my table yes wait for it ordered poutine it was ok but not sure I like the curds I know that may upset the locals but it’s just me.

For those in Britain it’s chips gravy and cheese curds yes curds not turds!!!!! But I’ve had it now may try again.

As I continued on in what was turning into a hot day was unable to find a motel until the 104 km so I dived in as I was hot sweaty and in need of a shower so here I sit another pleasant day cycling. Big thanks again goes to the Austin family who hosted me in Montreal see you all again in September.

I must confess my French isn’t all that good I know Chambre is room but I did earlier see this sign and went into a car park thinking it was a motel only to be confronted by elderly residents on the veranda of what I think was a old folks home  I beat a hasty retreat I’m to young I think for that. It did make me smile.

Onward I go towards Trois Rivieres tomorrow. 

Montreal still here Day 66

Yes still here having fun. Spent the day getting bike ready,shopping and then went along to Saint Anne Bellevue for the afternoon.

Whilst cycling along who should I meet coming into Montreal but Matheu from France that I met back in Hope at my first warm showers. He was heading into city to stay with his warm showers host and will be here till Sunday. It was nice seeing him again may see him again some time in the next few weeks he flys back from St. John on the 6 th Sept by then I will be on Hols with  Pete can’t wait. 

I sat this afternoon just watching the river go by and people watching  whilst eating my gelato two scoops pistachio and Nutella lovely if not a tad sickening but had to be done. Weather was nice after the rain cleared early this morning.

Had a lovely supper with Gavin and Elisa  and Charlotte out in the garden as it was quite warm but eventually had to move in as the bugs were out in force tonight.

Gavin had kindly offered to cycle with me a little of the way tomorrow at least to city so that will be nice. So once again guys that’s for a lovely stay you’ve been great.

 Views from the cafe

Views from Saint Anne

So hating to leave but refreshed and I’m coming back with Pete as we fly back from here so look forward to seeing Gavin  and Elisa again.

Montreal Day65 Rest Day looking around

My hosts Gavin and Elisa and their daughter Charlotte have been fantastic. Last night after a lovely meal we sat around chatting but I was dead on my feet last night and slept well and even had a lie in this morning. When Elisa and Charlotte came back from swimming  we all headed off into the city. They had kindly offered to show me around. We headed towards the city then parked and took the metro to near the race track. We then caught the bus to outside the Casino on the Ile Notre Dame just off the main Island. We were going for lunch at the casino but because of Charlotte age not allowed in. We walked round  part of the gardens and did the Grand Prix track you are allowed to cycle round which was great.
The casino very busy  and plenty of visitors going in to relieve themselves of their hard earn cash. Then onto the track.

Roller blades and walkers and cyclist on one side buses cars on the other side

Coming into the bend nice machine.

Then we were off for lunch in Old Montreal which is charming very French full of lots of super bistros and places to stop and stare and watch the local artists perform.

Our lunch stop

Charlottes sweet Elisa  and I had to help out and it was delicious

Then on to the square to watch a mad man juggle knives and standing on swords

He was very amusing. Then we walked the old part with shops and art galleries and other things to browse and see.

Very nice and colourful  but I didn’t try the poutine yet but will get around to it. It’s chips cheese curds and gravy and  other variations. Could be a heart attack waiting  but I’m sure it needs sampling.

The Formula1 shop  just for you Greg.

These sculptures are great so Charlotte stopped for a chatter.

Loft apartment living yes please

The Basilica 

Another funny art sculpture 

Montreals first high rise building of course now it’s dwarfed

On the way home Elisa was kind enough to drive out to her area of Verdun where she grew up and show me the Rapids at Lachine which were awesome 

They were just amazing and so easy to get right up close

On the way back to the car managed to get a photo before he flew off

All in all it was a wonderful day good company lovely food and a fantastic city thanks again to my hosts.

Saint Zotique to Montreal – Day 64 -47km

I got up later than normal as I knew today was going to be a short ride. After breakfast and a couple of cups of tea I finally packed up and was on the road after 0915am.

It was quite a nice day with a good tail wind and sunshine but not to hot or humid. I knew my direction were to follow the Soulanges Chanel where there is a lovely bike route. I found the route no problems and when I started to ride there is was busy with lots of cyclists going by calling out bonjour Madame so I got in on the act as well. Very friendly lot.  

First look at the Canal which is it used for any shipping but I did see the swimming club using it for open water swimming. 

Then I recorded the fact I have cycled 5,000 km so far  but  there abouts. As I stopped to take a photo a ice French guy stopped to enq if I was ok so I explained and told me well done but couldn’t get over I was by myself.

I love how all along the trail is picnic tables with bike stands next  to them,also the fact everyone was making use of them. As I entered the first island I went in for you usual and bumped into Paula and Dave  from yesterday who are also staying down town tonight they are American enroute to Cape Breton. So we sat and had a break together yes you’ve guest it at Timmys. 

My host Gavin’s instructions were spot on thanks Gavin. I was slightly early and sat in the garden till ELISA  and their daughter  Charlotte arrived home. I actually truth be known fell a sleep in the garden (it was hot  and to not much sleep last night)

My cycle in for the day coming onto the Island

I had a lovely meal with my hosts and tomorrow Elisa and Charlotte and I are going sight seeing down town. I’m going to be here till Saturday when Gavin will guide me out of town. So thanks guys for  helping see your city. Well must go and get some sleep as my eyes won’t stay open.

Morrisburg to Saint Zotique –  Day 63 – 97km Quebec Province

Bon soir peeps yes I’ve crossed finally into Quebec Province finally leaving Ontario it seems I’ve been  going across Ontario plus some of the states for ages.

Sunset last night from my bedroom window thanks to a lovely stay with Candy and Pete. I woke to rain then it cleared so off I went into quite a humid  day. I was motoring along then noticed the clouds getting darker and darker. I was 25 km out and thought I need some place to take shelter and then I saw a little porch near a sign explaining the route and tucked myself in and waited. At first I thought it was going to just pass over without anything happening lucky I stayed cos boy did it come down and then the thunder and lightning started as I sat down and read my book.

  A luck find just in time

Getting darker

Weird clouds then

But I was dry.

So I waited about 40 mins then even thou it was still raining I went  onwards and it was still very warm so I had to take my waterproof off as I was so hot then the rain stopped just before Cornwall thank goodness. The bike path was good and took me back down to the St Lawrence which was nice but I didnt find any place to stop for something to drink or eat.

The big boats coming up the St Lawrence

The dam at Cornwall which is quite impressive it provides power for both America and Canada power stations either side and caused villages to be relocated  down the area I have just traveled and is part of the St Lawrence seaway allowing the big ships up to Lake Ontario and Superior and the States .

The river certainly  has a strong current and you wouldn’t want to fall in.

Further on there is work under way re replacing the bridge at Cornwall to the USA  but they ran into problems last week when 2 tugs trying to put a crane in place one has sunk and the other is just above water. Luckily no one lost there life  in the accident but they are going to try and  recover them  but are worried re the fuel aboard the tug.

They are trying to put cables etc but I couldn’t stay long but whilst there a beaver ran across the path.

Part of the submerged tug the current is amazing

Where the old locks were.

More big boats coming through.

Buffalo in a field that I went passed where you could buy the meat. I then went on and as I was about to turn into the service rd towards Quebec province I saw my favourite Timmys so in I popped as it was now 2pm and I was parched. 

As I sat there  I was speaking to a couple of locals who stated there was a severe storm warning out. So I check my I pad and saw there was and the sky was turning a shade of dark blue again as the wind got up and so did the heat. I still had about 20 km to go but the lady offered to give me a ride to this location just into a new province so off I went. Thank god I took the ride cos it chucked it down as I was at the motel.

  The sky’s outside my motel before it chucked it down. I then hit the marche (Supermarkets) yes everything’s in French and everyone speaks it. Although the Chinese host at the motel had difficulty between French English and his own language but we got there in the end.
I also met 2 school teachers also cycling up from North Carolina going to Cape Breton but need to be back in the states by mid August. I left them in Timmys looking for a grocery shop then unsure where they were staying hopefully they didn’t get caught in the storm. So tomorrow Montreal with directions from my warmshowers host how to get there thanks Gavin see you tomorrow.

Brockville to Morrisburg  Day 62 – 60km

Well no thunderstorms appeared last night but was told they had some heavy showers further up and in from the river. Today is a welcomed cooler but still warm but with a breeze and not so sticky. I went back into town this morning and had a better look at the marina area. Believe the tall ships use to stop here. It was also the first place to build a railway tunnel in Canada strange but true fact.

Looking out from Brockville Marina

Just to prove I don’t make up things

I then cycled out of town stopping if there was something of interest to view and of course to watch the boats go up and down the St Lawrence river. Nice cycling although the hard shoulder is lost sometimes but not to bad and not to busy.

Does exactly what it says on the tin inside as I looked through as it was locked it had pews and a lovely glass window all nicely kept.

As I pulled into Prescott this morning for a break I sat outside  with my tea and who should whiz passed but Will so I shouted and he came back and we chatted. It’ seemed ages  since we first met and then camped at Maple Creek. He is now supporting a very bushy ginger beard and looking wildly  unkempt but he had been is usaul wild camping near the park in downtown Brockville last night and had a swim in the St Lawrence which he said wasn’t to clean compared to Lake Superior. He has been in Toronto partying for 8days oh to be able to do that and not feel rough the next day!!! I asked how the bike was holding up he stated fine but he had extra to carry now in the form of a Ukelele every cyclist needs one!!!! He’s a great guy his mum and dad will get a surprise at the end of this month as they still think he’s in Fiji! He shot off as he does as he was on a mission to get to Cornwall then Montreal on Tuesday happy cycling we said our goodbyes but lovely to catch up oh and I love his encounter with the bear coming to see him whilst he was in his tent scary I would have done more than cleared my throat and rustle my sleeping bag..
Another bridge to the USA.

Some of areas I passed through today

Perfectly nice house but look closer there is a moose in the garden painted blue beats  gnomes I suppose?

There you are quite a large beast.

Confirmed the scots are everywhere I saw the flag.

Just so nice to cycle through.

Tonight I’m using Airbnb for the first time and staying in Morrisburg with a lovely couple called Candy and Peter its B&B with a twist site gives you lots of options Mary Janr told me about it. The over looks the St Lawrence and I opted for a lovely meal outside but now the wind has gotten up maybe a chance of rain and thunder showers expected tomorrow lets hope it’s only tonight touch wood.

From my bedroom window the nice location is just off the waterfront trail so a bonus. So tomorrow how far I get will depend on the weather but I’m going to my warmshowers host on Wednesday.  Will I get to Cornwall or hopefully further on so less of a journey into Montreal on Wednesday as I’m sure I’ll have to allow time to get lost.

Kingston to Brockville via Howe Island Day61 – 95km

Well I set of after having a lovely breakfast with my hosts Mary Jane and Rob. Rob infact was also leaving on a trip but this time on his BMW heading to USA Lake Placid. Going my way for a bit then crossing on the bridge down the rd into USA. To say today was going to be warm was a understatement. Humidity was sitting at 90% and boy was it hot and sticky but the breeze helped a little especially down by the water.

I’m now heading up the pathway by the St Lawrence river called the 1000 island  pathway and I even have my own cycle lane marked out.  

Leaving Lake Ontario and going over the bridge at Kingston to follow the St Lawrence up to Montreal.

As I had been told by my host it was nice to ride on Howe Island so never one to pass up on a couple of ferry rides I was off down to catch my first ferry onto the island. There was one other car myself and the ferry man they asked about my trip etc so it was a good start to the day.

Crossing over short but sweet to busy talking to get more pics sorry folks

It’s a lovely little island with nice houses and nice views of the water way on the south side of the island. As I was cycling round a chap called Kim Nossal was out gardening and said your the lady cycling across the country you see news travels fast in small places he took the next photo and kindly sent it to me thanks Kim for your thoughtfulness.

Very hot and sticky by then and only half way round.

As I reach the other end to catch the ferry off it was the ferrymans 

mbreak so I sat and had my sandwich kindly made by Mary Jane  chicken salad on Rye lovely and watched the boats go by and look at the house next to the ferry.

The view across

I was then off and found the new cycle path all the way to my finally location

Not today thanks

The houses on various islands along the way I believe round here you definitely need a boat. Today also I saw more cyclist than I have all my time in Canada I was always greeted with thumbs up or a hello all day.

This one is rather posh it even had a bridge over

Then the next door neighbours are moonlighting again yes you Debbie and Derek even got a bay of your own now. I thought you’d retired Derek but a nice spot.


Then into Brockville. When someone stopped me to say there was a severe storm warning  out and the wind had got up  although still sunny so I pulled in at the only motel I could find as it was getting late and didn’t fancy being caught in a thunderstorm. 

You will be please to know it’s still hot and no thunderstorm as yet.

So tomorrow making my further up towards Montreal and a new Province Quebec

Kingston Rd -day 60

Well it’s such a nice area I thought I’d take a day sight seeing. So it rained heavily last night whilst I was safely tucked up in a lovely comfortable bed at my hosts house. This morning although warm I headed off into town with my jacket secured to my rack expecting showers. 

As is the way wall to wall  sunshine appeared and very hot and guess who forgot her sun cream so I’m slightly on the reddy brown side tonight. Where to start the place is fantastic plenty of history bars eateries to sit and people watch and a lovely farmers market in the  downtown area it was going to be a good day.

First you have to ride passed the state prison which is not in use now but dates back to 1800s. Mary Jane doesn’t know what they are going to do with the building which are all in limestone quite impressive, shame to pull it down.

Then  I rode down on the Cycle  paths towards the town area and the farmers market. The path way takes you down the side of the lake and passed the many boats moored up some small but some very expensive looking.
Everyone is always out of the water in some mode of transport.

This one sounded very noisy as it came into dock


This is a guy called Sir John Alexander Macdonald born in Scotland originally but became 1st prime minster of canada and lived all his life in Canada.

A loyalist to the end. He spent most of his life in this area

These towers are dotted all over as defences similar to our Martello towers these were built for defences all over the British Emprire.

 Farmers market down town with buskers and places to sit and eat and drink and watch the time go by.
The band playing in the background

This is down by the docks  looks pretty neat made me think of Casey Jones I use to watch as a kid. To all that can remember him!

In the afternoon as the town was built round Fort Henry thought I’d better take a look so off I went across the bridge and up a slight hill but lovely views but God was it hot.

View out to Lake Ontario  from Fort Henry

Kingston in the background at the bottom of the hill is the military camp their Sandhurst quite impressive all round so much to see and take in in one very hot day. I love the area it has a nice vibe. I didn’t get to take the ferry across to Wolfe island maybe next time!

So tomorrow I’m moving on towards Montreal. I think I know a route now so keep your fingers crossed and hope my French improves with usage.

Picton,Prince Edward to Kingston – Day 59 60km

Today I got up and saw that the wind had got up over night also there was a possibility that it might rain this afternoon, rain I don’t do rain!

I was packed up and on the road by 8am. Making my way towards the Glenora ferry yes nothing like starting the day with a ferry ride. As I made my way there I passed the smallest  bakery  but was feeling to great so didn’t stop but kinda cute.

I think also it was self service. The ferry was about 3 km from the motel and as I arrived on the slip way they were just boarding so nice timing and guess what it was free yes free!

Stiff cross wind

The road I’m taking to ferry and there after.

Just leaving on the ferry. 

View looking back from the ferry wonder who lives up there

Still in Ontario but in a couple of days crossing into Quebec another Province


Passing Amherst Island  

And the gap the ship made good it’s escape. It appears the area I’m travelling is called the loyalist trail and at the time Toronto was called York and Brockville called Elizabethtown and Kinston although was French original was now in hands of the Brits. So after American Revolution  people still loyal was repatriated from American to along this coast line. Hope this hasn’t bored to many of you but quite the history tour round here.

Plenty of these markers today all interesting.

Then it was onto Bath and  finally breakfast 2 at a lovely cafe called Rosas which was fantastic. Bath its self is quite quaint and I liked it sitting on Lake Ontario.

Note plenty of union jackets hanging on the poles here.

I met a lovely couple who stopped and asked me about my trip and they were up at their house on Amherst island I did think of popping across but needed to press on as still no rain but getting hot and sticky so needed to out run the rain. But took picture of old house 

Historic house over looking had lake

Rosas in the background after breakfast

Well worth a stop

Ah a long ways from home

I arrived at my hosts early afternoon and was welcomed by Rob and Mary Ann  who have just come back from there own tour from there place to Halifax going through American so they have good info staying till Sunday morning so I can go down town and see old parts of Kingston  and various other bits.

For those of you with figures I have now completed 4747 km or 2,949 miles and think I have another 2,000 km still to do. 

Well almost fast a sleep typing this good night folks that’s all

Belleville to Picton Prince Edward – day 58 60 km

Today was wall to wall sunshine not a cloud in the sky a slight breeze but warm from the beginning to a very hot at the end. What a day folks every cyclists dream blue sky’s a bit of a tail wind no particular dead lines or places  to get. 

I left Belleville first thing this morning going over the bridge to what is not a island as it is joined further back to the main land. I crossed at Norris Whitney bridge as the sun was coming up it was simply gorgeous so I had to stop and take photos as a boat was chugging out under the bridge. 

First thing then I spotted the boat so just stood and watched as it got under way.

I knew it was going to be a good day so when I got to the other side instead of doing the most direct route I just took to all the back roads and stopped and started. The area itself is known for its wineries. Also the rest is made up of holiday homes  for dare I say it very wealth. There is still a thriving farming area also with all their harvest stuff on sale plus bakers and independent cafes all about. 

Loads of cyclists to stop and chat to and get information more than I have seen on this tour. I stopped at Wellington which has its own bay looking out on Lake Ontatrio, Ameliasburgh then onto Bloomfield which was really nice a sort or Holt with a little more hippy influence. The bike shop was fantastic and sorted my kick stand which had come off this morning and to which I missed not having as you have to look for something to lean the bike on not always available when you stop.

Lunch was in Bloomfield at the bullfrog which was really nice then on to the bike shop who said I could stay there in their barn for the night but I had already pre booked a room here as was told it would be difficult to find accomidation in the area so had made arrangements already. So I’m about 3/4 km from the ferry ride tomorrow from Glenora. Yes Amy another ferry ride love it.

In the afternoon as it was so hot I had to stop at a micro brewery and sample but I couldn’t carry 6 bottles although he could draw a pint I thought better not after sampling what with the sun being hot and the ale about 4.5 % I would have never reached my motel.

The area I’m cycling today

Now don’t laugh but they leave these out overnight here  would they still be there in Britain?

Plenty of  sweet corn

Along the waterfront trail I’ve been following since Whitby and will follow till Cornwall I think

Sitting on someone’s roof great

Downtown Wellington along from Bloomfield

This is the library at Bloomfield

Favourite laid back bike shop even tried out a recumbent great service.

Well naturally has to be sample

Downtown Bloomfield

 Loved to have gone raking about in there but can’t carry anything so was going to be tempted



An electic mix I think

  The view along to my motel

  Ah roughing it tonight

  View from my balcony tomorrow heading for historic Kingston which I’m looking forward to. So another fantastic day with plenty to see and do and lots of nice things to eat and interesting people to speak to.


Cobourg to Belleville Day 57 – 75km

This morning  I got up but was not in the mood to move very fast, infact I didn’t wish to move at all just one of these mornings. Finally I was on the road and it turned out to be a really good day. First I went downtown to Cobourg and the marina area and it is a lovely town quaint and locals very friendly.

Downtown Cobourg first thing in the morning. 

The town Hall and surrounding area then it was on to the beach and Marina area.

Leaving the harbour

I hope the boat managed to get through what is a small entrance area to the marina then out to the open waters of Lake Ontatrio.

I stuck to County Road 2 today  and it was very nice even most of the way a cycle lane which was wide enough  for at least 2/3 bikes. I must admit by 10 am I was missing my second breakfast yes a girl who has developed  a  habit of having. 2 breakfasts since cycling. So as I reached Grafton I saw the cafe the twisted sisters so the name alone had me intrigued. Ordered a cuppa that was in a teapot so things were on the up. Breakfast done to perfection 2 eggs  bacon hash browns and brown toast with marmalade oh yes lovely jubbley.

The twisted Sisters cafe worth a visit and the price was good as well. Sat speaking to the locals so the day was going well. The weather was warm with a breeze  although a little bit of a head wind it was certainly better than yesterday thank goodness.

As I was leaving Grafton I spied these motor bikes  very nice I asked if I could trade blackbetty(only joking girl) the man just laughed and suggested the one on the end. I was more for the other ones.

What about these 2  but know look what he was offering I mean black Betty is worth more!!!!!!!!

No way!!!!

Onto Brighton see if it matches ours but, but I feel a tad small but perfectly formed. All along my route was lovely little towns and. So much to look at and shop if I had any room to carry just as well not. it’s also Apple country round here.

Brighton centre

Don’t know what upset it?

The road I travelled today which was great the only problem was the roadworks at Trenton but it was manageable.

The Marina at Trenton Bay of Quinte.

So all in all a lovely road travelled today  and nice weather a bikers dream. 

Oh a new animal sign but didn’t see any


Whitby to Cobourg Day 56 81km

Today it said there was going to be thunderstorms and very humid. I started off at about 9am from Campbell and Carols house thank you so much for putting me up even though you only moved in about a week ago.

About to start out again.

I had a route mapped out but of course  Google takes you down all sorts of path ways some good but some just run out leaving you very confuse do. It started to rain and I put my jacket on but almost melted  with the humidity so I took it off and guess what the rain stopped but it stayed muggy all day and very hot. I was dripping all day and couldn’t wait get in the showers the end of the day.

Bike path going through Oshawa very nice and even  marked

  Count the pylons unfortunately in Canada they can not put them under ground because if any faults. In winter impossible to dig them up is what I was told due to the weather.
At one point I got lost trying to find one of the trails then along came Terry on his bike he is just back from cycling Iceland. He told me to follow him, and then I got back on track following the lakeside trail and then the road all the way to Cobourg. The route took me along side Lake Ontario but not clear views due to the haze. Past the port of Newcastle and Port Britain and Port Hope.

Port Newcastle

Port Newcastle  Marina

The road out of Port Newcastle over looking the Lake

A very rickety wooden bridge over the railway line note the weird angle.

Lake Ontatrio 

Just love the shape  of some of these barns

I have Spoken to 2/3people who state if I get a chance go on prince Edward on the way through to Kingston and take the little ferry so now investigating if possible as the couple next room at the motel  tell me it has lovely pottery wines etc but quite expensive to get any place to stay so I will have to investigate( mind you the couple reminded me of Alan and his wife in Cornwall) Pete will know what I mean very loud and nothing they don’t know but bless they were trying to help.

I Unpacked my pannier tonight to find my chocolate milk had leaked so had to do a bit of cleaning  but nothing major but it doesn’t half stink.

So tomorrow it is going to be sunshine but hopefully without the humidity as that was a killer today.

Whitby Rest Day 55

Another rest day folks so not much to update. Today I slept in late which was unusual but must have needed it. Campbell was off to Ottawa first thing and Carol and family were waiting  for the hot tub man to come and service it. Fin then took Moria and her friend Francessca to the beach so even though it was extremely warm I went out on blackbetty to see Whitby and the surrounds.

First though I cleaned and polished my bike and oiled her so she’s happy now.

Down at the Marina at Whitby that sits on lake Ontatrio 

Nice boats Derek you’d love it and just a bamy 28 

After I got back from town Carol had been busy and made a lovely evening meal. Then at 9pm we all went down to the local  frozen yoghurt shop 

called Menchies where you help yourself to all the flavours topped with other sweet stuff and then we sat outside at 10 pm in a bamy 25 it was lovely I wasn’t expecting to have such hot weather. So once again a big thanks to the Corrigan family for making my stay such a pleasure and the chance to catch my breath from the last week or so. I now fully recharge and leave tomorrow.

This is what us girls went down for thanks Grace for driving us there

So back on the rd tomorrow heading east head for Montreal eventually.

Whitby Rest Day Day 54

Chilling with the Corrigan family and Holmes. Had to come in doors as it was roasting outside and Holmes waiting for a hair cut this week. Carol did my washing so I feel I’m a lot cleaner and probably smelling better. Carol took me down to the sports shop so I could get some new sports tops badly needed. The rest of the day has been nice just chilling. BBQ to night.

Primrose to Whitby – Day 53 – 54 km cycled plus some kind people

Hi all yesterday was a eventful day I set off from Primrose at about 8am and it was already hot. My aim was to use the smaller roads and wind down across country above Toronto. This was for obvious reasons.

1 the roads are getting really busy. 2 There is the Pan Am games in progress so didn’t want to touch Toronto.

I started the day turning off hwy 10 onto what Google suggested was a good rd, another Google laugh at my expense. First thing I took my camera out to take a photo of a lovely old building only to be chased by a barking Alsatian and his mate a golden lab so I hot tailed it out of there reaching for my bear spray and would not be afraid to use it!!! Then the road went into what can only be described as a gravelled dirt track not to mention the steep hills coming down trying not to apply brakes in case I came a cropper which would have hurt badly.

The scene of the dog incident then the road going to gravel bad sign

First I thought lovely countryside rolling in hills

Then the fun really started 15 km of that and I decided at the next junction Tarmac  I’ll go south on Hwy 18 another glaring mistake by me this time. Traffic was really busy but mainly going north to cottage country.

Then I saw this sign and knew what was coming a downhill reaching speeds of 53 kph help.

Tally Ho!

After that hill going down and the big hill up I went  the next I saw a local man collecting his paper from his post box and stopped to ask for a better route. Bruce invited me in to his house for some refreshments and I met his wife Sharon. Thanks guys a lovely sit on your deck refill my water bottles and then Bruce told me of the coming hill and said no problems what he would do was put the rack on his car and ferry me down to Hwy 9 fantastic off we went.

I reached Hwy 9 re assessed where I was going and not one to learn from my mistakes looked at Google who stated about 7 km up the rd had the Albion  trail so this was Tarmac (to begin with aren’t they all) then turned into gravel later on but by then I was committed. Met lots of Lycra clad males on the Tarmac out for Saturday spin. Then I met Drew who told me at Schonburg   there  a place to get a sandwich so I followed him but slowly as my bike is not built for speed maybe I need one like that Pete?

More gravel then into the village for eats

The place was amazing a bikers heaven with fabulous food yes I’m on about food again but can’t help myself.

It was there I met the amazing Darrell with his grandson Jacko and he was trying to explain a better route for me as Drew didn’t come from the area.

Next thing he gave me the car keys told me to see if my bike fitted in the rear of his daughter veh and he was going to take me across to a manageable bit. So I loaded the bike up we put Jacko in his seat and we we’re off. 

He kept going further over to avoid traffic what a star. When his daughter called asking where he was he said just driving and would be back shortly he said they thought him irresponsible sometimes he said they would call again and sure enough they did  with him replying I’ll be back shortly. He dropped me at a suitable place thanks again what a star and what friendly people.

 So I was in Ajax yes a town my mum use to clean the bath with it but there you go! This is one town over from where I needed to be so I headed for you’ve guessed it a favourite haunt yes Timmys. Contact my host Campbell as I didn’t have address and was a day or two early. He was currently at Ribfest down town Whitby so as I settled in and used free wifi to contact home . Carol his wife turned up shortly and we loaded blackbetty in the wagon and off we went. 

They have only been in their new house about a week and said no problems staying thanks guys. These are friends of my brother Jim and I have never ever met them before. So once I was settled in the basement and showered off we went to Ribfest which is held every year a sort of fair and various big cook places cooking up ribs where members of the public vote whose is the best also country bands playing and off course the beer and wine tents. So we met up with Campbell and the girls. So after we came home we all went out for dinner then after that I was shattered and went to bed as did the rest of the family a fantastic end to what turned out to be a good day.

Meet Holmes the family dog apparently loves eating socks

Having a snooze its to warm outside reading a 100 on the patio so retreated indoors. Thank god for air con.

Chatsworth to Primrose Day 52 – 82 km

Today I woke to bright sunshine and it promised to be another warm one on the road. I thought I’d try off road today and go down one of the trails to try and beat the traffic on Hwy 10. The first 25 km were rideable but then it was so bumpy that I thought I might break the bike ok if your on a mountain bike with shocks on the front.

Not to bad at first then  I pasted a clearing with swans on the water.

Nice picture first thing on the ride.

I then went back on the road and stopped to have yes you’ve guessed my second breakfast at Markdale. This was at about 25 Kim’s which was good. I decided to stay on the  Hwy 10 even thou there was road works coming up. As most of the traffic was going north bound to holiday cottages up on the peninsula being that it’s holiday season and weekend plus the opening of the Pan Am games are taking place in Toronto tonight  so everyone  is escaping. 

I don’t mind roadworks as sometimes it can work in your favour today it did. In case your wondering how  it works?  you stand with bike waiting for the controller to give you the go sign usually they state they will let you go first to give a head start. The girl did that and told the cars behind not to overtake me jobs a good one I poodle along at 25 km  possibly annoying the people behind but I have not got a care in the world. Everyone sitting the other way we’re getting annoyed as the traffic backed up over a few km not caused by me I add. This also helps as they when they start going through I have no traffic behind me. 

Fancy riding around in that one

I got to Shelburne looking for my motel to no avail bloody Google again silly me Shelburne Motel has moved to Primrose further along. This all happened around 1630hrs when the roads were very busy. When I arrived and told the lady she said yes we know it’s sited us in the wrong area!!!!!!!!! 

My home for the night.

There is a garage next door and Stevens Restaurant which I had a lovely chicken salad see  don’t eat rubbish all the time even thou on offer was a sub or 2 hamburger joints. I went in one to get milk for my cereal and was asked white or brown. I always thought when buying milk it was white but there you go. 

Also on sale at the garage was Dew worms maybe it makes your car go faster who knows.
Well not much else to report hopefully I’ll be in Whitby  the other side of  Toronto by Sunday just trying to skirt round the edges. 

Ferndale to Chatsworth Day 51 – 87 km

Today started well but felt I had not cured the blackbetty of the noise she was making and on closer investigation found the bottom bracket was loose again. So plan B I made down the Hwy 6 to Wiarton but there was no bike shop. When in doubt a plan is always formulated with a cuppa so I looked down the street and there was Timmys. In for breakfast and use of the Internet and a plan came together. 

Make for Owen Sound and there is Bikeface a cycle shop only 20 km or so. So I made a route going away from hwy 6 and going down the back roads which was really nice and almost traffic free.

This mornings audience going about their business

Wiarton international airport I thinks that is pushing things a bit as I didn’t even see a strip for taking off and landing which would be helpful.

Views on the country rd leading out of Wiarton.

Passing through the country roads on my way to Owen Sound

See not busy


  A monument to the lady who did first WI meeting at Kemble really nice all laid out on the stone over looking the bay nice place to stop for the views.

Looking out over Owen Sound.

I cycled passed places  such as Balmy beach,Cobble Beach all leading  me into town and the bike shop. I arrived and the owners stepdaughter was the mechanic and was really busy. That being said she had a look and sure enough put black Betty on the stand tightened her up checked my gears and other stuff and even applied the new handle bar tape I bought. Fantastic service for someone just passing through but they aimed to help due to my journey so big thanks guys. As I left time was getting on so I aimed to get further down the road before calling it a day.

All roads out of Owen appear to be up some large hills I took the least largest if possible. On the way up the hill I walked with johanna a lovely lady who was asking about my trip. So hope you follow the blog.

I stopped outside Chatsworth to speak to a fellow tourer who was cycling up to Tobermory from Toronto. She stated she tried a campsite last night and they wanted to charge her 53$ plus taxes in the end she camped in some farmers garden for free quite right to.

I on the other hand arrived at Chatsworth booked into a motel, a cheap one that sadly had a swimming pool I just had to use to end my nice day. Before I swam I spoke to the owners son and got licked to death by Jackson a cross boxer and St Bernard’s dog? As I swam Jackson always greeted me at the other end with a bark or a lick and didn’t like me putting my head underwater as he must have thought I was drowning and started to bark. All in all nice weather and a lovely end to my day.  

To all who wonder what do I think about all day on my bike. Here goes, when am I going to stop for my second breakfast and is it going to involve a cup of tea or maybe a cinnamon bun frosted of course. Looking at things all around. Where am I going to stay tonight and more what am I going to eat. Very simple pleasures  not to taxing and stressful and my favourite time is when I’m just settle in and showered and get to speak to hubby or the rest of my family. 

Manitowaning to Ferndale – Day 50 -80km

As I fell asleep really early last night I woke up really early and thought I’d go for the 9am ferry from South Baymouth to Tobermory on the Bruce Peninsula. So off down the road just before 7am and 32 km to do. There was hardly a sole on the roads and I made good time and arrived with time in hand and a chance to speak to a fellow rider who has ridden from Calgary and going to Montreal but he is putting in the mileage so we just chatted but no hope of me wanting to go that fast. The wonderful thing about catching the ferry is bikes go on first and also come off first what a bonus and no traffic issues. It was a perfect day for sailing calm and the sun shining, spent all the time on deck in a lovely comfortable sun chair for a hour and forty five Mins.

My ferry coming into the dock

Then leaving in a quick turn round and off down Lake Huron

South Baymouth as we leave the harbour

As I was travelling to the ferry I noticed my back tyre spongey again so I pumped her up at the garage and she got me to my motel tonight where I have taken the tyre completely off checked the rim and put a new inner tube in if that doesn’t work a new tyre at Owen Sound maybe require do. I also noticed as I came into Ferndale a annoying little squeak so I cleaned blackbetty and oiled and lovely gave her a pep talk so hopefully she’ll be right touch wood. As I’m now heading for Whitby in a few days near Toronto she may need a tune up we will have to see. I have some what been neglecting her as she is really good but it is over 4,000 km now and all I have had done is a new chain and a quick check over in Fernie in BC.

The lighthouse as you turn into Tobermory and some of the islands  near by.

The other day on my way done from Whitefish Falls a couple in a VW camper pulled up across the other side of the rd and took a photo of me I just wave. Today I met them on the ferry and he got some more as I was about to disembark at the time I was trying to get pictures of some of the motorbikes the women were on so he kindly took one of me on my camera( I hate my photo being taken just for the record). As you can see it was another bad hair day but I can live with it now.

The boat lurched just as it was taken I thought my bike was going to topple on very expensive  m/cycles.

Like this one just next to blackbetty that person bending over is infact a women they drive big machines this side of the pond.

So off the ferry at Tobermory which was a lovely little place and I wanted to stop as I needed my second breakfast. I found just the spot and could sit outside and made the perfect cuppa done.

Great pies and butter tarts they could change my mind over frosted cinnamon well maybe not? I  made another 50km  but before then it was hot and I needed yes you guessed something else to eat so into a organic bakery in someone’s back garden and pasties to die for I couldn’t resist will power and me do not happen in the same sentence. This side of the lakes there is going to be temptations!!!!!

Sitting in the organic garden very hippy like but enjoyable. Then a few km more and got a room in a motel so I could work on the bike. All done now  so a happy bunny as they say. Oh happy birthday Pete sorry not there with you and happy birthday Mo as it is also hers hope you both had good days hope to celebrate with you when I see you.

Whitefish Fall to Manitowaning Day 49 – 69 km

Last night the wind and rain came in loudly,I hoped that it would blow through by early morning but was wrong. As I woke it got harder and after breakfast decided to stay put as forcast stated  it was to stop about lunch time.

However that didn’t happen  and eventually I took the plunge and left Dave  and pushed on through the rain till about Little Current. There it stopped but the sun refused to come out leaving it quite damp and overcast but not cold.

The swing  bridge over to Minitoulin Island. Stopped at Little Current and had a drink and a little light lunch.

This is known by locals as 10 mile hill although it is not actually 10miles but at the end of the day we not what I wanted but managed to do


This is a view  from the view point.



 Apart from a few pics the rd has good shoulder  and is a lot nicer than Hwy 17. 
I’m now about 30  km out for the ferry to Tobermory. I. Slowly making my way south. Hopefully tomorrow the sun is forecast to come out and play. So tonight early night and push  south to above Toronto. Hopefully I will get a nice closing.

Massey to Whitefish Falls Day 48 – 50 km

Last night I slept so well and woke refreshed. Ann woke me on the way out to work and I was packed up and ready to roll at about 0730am to avoid the heat later on in the day. I locked up and left the house and throughly enjoyed my unexpected  stay  at Ann and Paul’s  but it was certainly worth it they were fantastic hosts so big thanks again guys.

Off down the back road of Lee Valley rd  which would take me into Espanola without going on the dreaded Hwy 17 which I’m now officially finished with. I came into town about  25 km down the rd and spied on the corner Tim Hortons so second breakfast was required and a cuppa  then plenty to drink as although sun was not  coming through it was very hot and humid. I also bought some more  sun cream factor 60 after my shoulders got nicely red yesterday as I tried to get rid of the t shirt line on my arms.

After having my second breakfast it was down the road to my warmshowers hosts Dave and Sheila at Whitefish Falls. The road is windy and is a bit up and down but nice a few steep hills but nothing now that throws me in a spin. The shoulder was fab a lot of it  and no rumble strip hoorah!!!!!!

First thing this morning going across the bridge to Lee Valley Rd.

The ups and downs of the road but nice wide shoulders and not to steep

Spoke to soon but a nice ride in

In the dips at the sides of the road

Dave had seen me on the rd as he had come back from Esponola this morning as was there to greet me at the turn off to Red Deer. This is home for the night and what a lovely place over looking Lake Huron and Bay of Islands.

My gazebo for the night all foods taken to the house invade yogi comes a calling.

Views from the garden

Then I went for a swim/wash even had soap and shampoo on the lake side I like a bathroom or tub with a view

Sorry no shower curtain to draw but very nice temperature and wash was had. 

The evening was rounded off with a beer and BBQ 

Oh before that Dave and Sheila took me out in there boat for a spin round the lake and to see the WhiteFish falls sorry my camera was in charge. So another breathtaking day had and super hosts to show me around.

Iron Bridge to Massey – 97 km- Day 47

Today I was slow starting and I wasn’t packed up and ready to hit the road till after 8am. It was a lovely day started off cool but in no time was very very warm so much so I changed shirt to a sleeveless one. 

I stopped 25 km at Blind River at my usual haunt good old Timmys and treated my self to my second breakfast. I also decided because of the meal deal to change and have a orange and carrot muffin instead. Could be in the running for second favourite but not quite there with my cinnamon frosted roll. I was speaking to another cyclist who use to live in Toronto and he gave me a few pointers to which route to taken from Owen Sound.
On leaving Timmys a guy came up and was asking about my trip Paul and his wife are actually from Massey and have just done a 3 week tour around the Lake with their trailer. On hearing I was making for Massey tonight offered to let me stay at theirs and gave me their address and would see me after 1500hours. What kind people to be returning home with the usual washing etc to put me up for the night and feed me a lovely BBQ. I arrived at Massey but cars were queuing on the rd for a about a mile out of town due to the road works on the bridge in town. I quickly nipped down the side and turned off when hit town( I knew there would be advantages on biking).
They are a bilingual family inter acting in both French and English which puts my language skills to shame. Ann as she works in early learning on the Indian reservation also speaks a little native Indian which was interesting to listen to as it resembles no other language I’ve heard. They have a lovely house which over looks the Spanish River to which I will cross tomorrow on my way to Esponola on the way to the Island. Ann showed me the fish She managed to landed from outside her house so for you Josh its a Muskie 54 inches long and weighed 43 lb and took her about 30 mins or so to battle it to shore.
Today my animal count was one raccoon first thing this morning crossing over the road near to Iron Bridge but move to fast to get pics of theses animals, 2 Sandhill cranes taking flight and what a noise they make( I now know what you mean Randy). A few soaring Eagles, a mother and fawn. So quite a good day but no  bears.


Along the the river after Iron Bridge 

Further along it was so tranquil and hardly any traffic on the road who could ask for more.

Da do they think if I see Yogi or his mates I’m going to hold out some food don’t think so?


Like this addres


The Serpent River from both sides of the bridge


Ann and Paul’s house beautiful setting over looking the Spanish River


View from their pontoon

This is where Ann landed her fish

Some size 

  Their 2 dogs  I could easily kidnapped Chico the grey one which reminded me of Pip my dog.

On the decking I think he wants to go down for a swim

So again folks I cannot find words regards how friendly and helpful people have been on this journey it restores your faith again in human nature or was I just becoming to cynical with the job I do.

sauté St Marie to Iron Bridge – Day 46- 109km

Well after a good breakfast made by Mary Ann I was packed up and ready to hit the road. Mary Ann said she would ride with me through the Indian Reservation  to Echo Bay some 25 km so that was nice and we moved quite quickly despite the lingering fog this morning. After saying goodbye to my host thanks again guys hope you have a speed recovery David. Mary Ann before hand took some pictures of the statue of the guy who designed what is on the Candian Dollar which is called a loony as of the bird depicted on the coin.


 My hosts in the Soo as I packed up


The loony 

I was on my way back to the dreaded Hwy 17!!!!

The road wasn’t to bad although it kept losing the hard shoulder or putting a rumble strip when I wanted to cycle.

New signs now greeted me I think it’s telling me there is horse drawn carriages  driven by the Armish people.

Armish man working in the field I didn’t feel right getting up close and taking photos of his family and horse and black rig

Onwards I went I seemed to be on form to day as at about 1130 I stopped to have my lunch I’d made at Mary Ann’s. having compiled 50 km. I sat out of the sun as it was getting hot and humidity up at about 80% . My stop was at Bruce’s Mines Marina which was nice with a bit of a breeze.

The marina Bruce Mines

The road just travelled

On the road today I saw 3 other tourers all going in the opposite direct to me but we did the wave and rang bells, I think we are all mad.

Eventually Lake Huron came into view in the  distance.

But I think they call this bit the North Channel. Other than this not a lot happened on the road although I did see a few birds of prey soaring and one perched on a stump flapping their wings but I was going down hill and didn’t like to stop, as I had just climbed and was enjoying getting up speed. So arrived at about 1530hrs having completed 109 km which I was happy with.

Oh happy 4 th of July to my American Friends hope you have a good one.

Seney to Sauté St Marie 84 miles- Day 45

Today was one-off those days as I was loading my bike I noticed the back tyre was spongey so decided to put in a new inner tube before starting. As I stood there I was attacked Mosqituos so went back into my room to complete the task. Then I was off as the motel owner then told me everything further up the rd was booked up as this was goingto be a very busy weekend so I needed a cunning plan. So 20 miles outi stuck my thumb out sorry needs must folks. 

With one flick  of my thumb I had a ride with Miles and Janet who have a cabin up there and we’re just out for a jaunt. They could take me as far as Newberry so that was fine. As the morning went on we got talking he asked if I  had visited nearby falls no I replied so off we went sight seeing and then they took me all the way  to the bridge into Canada. What lovely people I meet. 

So even thou I checked down town they said I could cycle across the bridge so off I went. Bloody hell when I entered the slip rd  the sign read no bikes but I had committed. I walked across to the toll and asked the girl there said yeah you can cycle but wait a minute I need money first( I wasn’t trying not to pay so handed over 2$ and off I went. Scared witless the height of the bridge and a little wind but I didn’t look down and there is no walk way to stop and sight see.

Across through customs and back into Canada sorry I missed Canada Day. Straight to tourist info  picked up another map used the free internet and was stopped by several people asking about my trip. I found my bearings and headed for the Velorution Bike shop where I needed a pair of new shorts that were more comfortable and also you can camp behind  the shop for free. Pity no one else has turned up yet  maybe someone will later. You get free wifi and the use of a shower room after they have gone home from the bike shop.

I have a warmshowers  host booked for tomorrow and have sent her a e mail as no phone listed as yet she has not gotten back to me hoping to bring it forward by a day. I  have also frequented  Timmys for a nice cuppa and frosted cinnamon bun I’ve missed that at the end of day.

Here are some of my pics from my sightseeing tour of the falls today. Don’t judge me for taking a lift needs must. 

 With Janet my host for the day



Harvey to Seney Day 44 – 77miles

First Happy Canada Day to all my Canadian friends hope it’s a good one.

Well was out and ready to hit the road at 0730am as I knew it would be a long one. It was sunny but on the cool side which is good for cycling. I hugged the Lake side for quite a bit of the day.

Lake Superior  first thing this morning

Looking back at Marquette

Then I entered the national forest area but still near the lake climbing  up a few hills but nothing to bad.
These I passed on the side of the rd not quite sure what they were at first I thought storks or heron but I think to big. Now updated that they are indeed Sandhill  Cranes  thanks Randy

Stopped for a bit of a rest and more eats mid morning. Nice view of the lake

Then a climb up and a fast descent into Christmas yes that the name it did make me smile.

Hoo hoo

Downtown at Christmas Mall lots of junk  but nice.

Ah Santa is alive and well!!!!

Here is his work shop 

This place is just great can you imagine in the depth of winter and everyone buzzing around on snow mobiles

I then had a couple of hills then dropped into Munising which was alovely little town on the Lake and as I arrive I smelt a bakery from afar making pasties so as they were queuing out the door felt I couldn’t miss out.


Delicious is the only word especially when you are starving. The only problem is after eating this I had one more hill to hit so it was rough going on a full stomach. After lunch I knew I had 25 miles of nothing only me and the forest no stops. It was hard going at the end of the day as I also had a head wind which didn’t help but head down and on I kept going and eventually arrived at my destination not much but a garage a motel and a few houses but I made it. 

For those of you interested my total mileage so far is 2,342 miles or 3,769 km so hopefully I maybe half way or more now. Im so surprised when I look at how far I have travelled and quite surprised by myself in getting thus far but thanks go to lots of lovely people who have helped  out along the way.  A big thanks to the support of my family who cheer me up at the end of some gruelling days and have the confidence in me to succeed. To all the people that follow my blog thanks guys it’s much appreciated and love having you on board listening to my rants and funnies sometimes I hope. So e mail me with any questions or funnies as love hearing from you.

Three Lakes to Harvey Day 43- 47 miles

Bad day, I knew I’d  get them but boy they wear you down. I had a good sleep and then on the road by 0700am  but I just couldn’t get going. Two miles down the rd the drizzle started and it was blowing  a cold wind in fact the coldest I have had on all my trip. I could even see my breath. I pushed on to Champion and pulled in for breakfast of omelette of feta cheese spinach and hash browns and cup after cup of coffee to warm up. She just kept refilling and I thought it may help.

I got as far as  Ishpeming and was trying to look for a short cut which would bypass Marquette but I must have missed it and wasn’t sure if the county roads would be well travelled.

By early afternoon after battling head winds I was frozen coming into Marquette and went along the bike path as rd works on the main rd made it unsafe to do so. By then the wind was coming in strong from Lake Superior so I decided to call it a day book in to a motel that had internet and catch up.  Tomorrow I have about 74 miles to do. Then 2 fairly short days to get me back to Canada. This lake is very very big and  I will be glad to move on to the next one hopefully this weekend. I’m afraid due to the cold and weather not very many pics taken to day. All I can say it was quite hilly with lots of forests either side of the road. No wild life seen to day unless you count a squirrel with attitude. 

The bike path along side of Lake Superior

Looking back at Marquette

So a small blog today and look forward to a new day

Merriweather to Three Lakes Day 42 – 75miles trying to out run the weather.

Last night I wasn’t very well unsure if it was the pizza or dehydration but up most of the night and even thought of staying another day.

I need to press on and get on the road and put the miles in to get me back to Canada. So I was up and on the rd by 07.20am and was doing fine but to begin with not many places open. Eventually I pulled into Bruce Crossing but only found the bar open so went in and had a cold soft drink. Onward and eventually got through some roadworks putting down shingle which was hard to ride on.

I stopped again at Sidnaw and stopped again at the bar to get something to eat. I was the only one in the bar. The owner was explaining that this was there quiet time of the year. They had Wifi there so I know it is possible to get it. There was thunder storms  expected this afternoon and from lunchtime onwards I was trying to out run it all afternoon as it became very hot and sticky  and navy blue sky’s all around and thunder could be heard.

I stopped to take some photos of 2 eagles but was immediately  attacked from all sides by every type of bug and biting as well so back on the bike again so  not many photos taken.

I arrived at Three Lakes all I can say is it has 3 lakes and no internet anywhere. At this time  it was 1630 and the navy blue cloud was almost on me so I knew it would be foolish to out run it so booked in just as it started.Was I lucky at one point you couldn’t see the road. I know this is rural but how can you run a business without the internet  in this day an age? I believe the owner let the cat out of the bag he has internet but the hotels don’t want guests down loading stuff so they make it unavailable. 

Now as prices go 50 $  is a good price but boy would I visit again no………. There was flys in the room to which I marched down and got his bug spray from his table without asking and got rid of them. There is no screens on the windows so will have to spray myself before going to bed great. This is by far the worse motel I have booked into which is not helping my mood today

I’m unable to plan my route through Marquette tomorrow but hopefully 24 miles up the rd should be civilisation. I need to clear Marquette tomorrow, by quite a bit hopefully near to Chatham to stand a chance of clearing the states before the 4th of July. So I will be up again very early to get on the rd as I feel another long day ahead. I just hope the rain clears as it is still raining.

Just as I came in at the end of the day there was 2 of them. But my hands were a bit shaky.
Coming into Three Lakes

The clouds following me  all day getting darker

Yes it was raining glad I was indoors

Ashland to Merriweather(Lake Gogebic) Day41 – 67 miles

Set off early as knew it would be hot again today. It was more humidity and not full sunshine but sweat I did from the very start. I took Hwy 2 out of Ashland and headed for Ironwood across the state line and entered Michigan.The road is well shouldered but still busy but nothing alarming and certainly no trucks passing by mainly holiday traffic. 


Still hills this side just more shoulder

Looking back and may I say at the time very sweaty.

Just before Ironwood.

I stopped at the tourist info and got my map of Michigan and the girl there was very helpful. She advised what  areas had nothing I between and what routes most bikes take plus a bikers map of how to get round or  through Marquette which she States is very busy. I have till Fri/ Sat to get through to Sooobut I’m unsure if I can make that but I’m going to give my best at least if I reach the bridge on Saturday into Canada I’ll have done well. 

Now I’m on Hwy 28 the road is fine but a lot of forest either side which I’m afraid has brought out every kinda of bug. They are dive bombing me and like yesterday evening the Mosquitos are out in force although if I spray myself instead of the cream it seems to help. The bite I had on the side of my eye has finally gone down at one point it was very swollen and hard to see out of.

Tonight I’m at a fishermens paradise area down by the lake and the owners have been very kind and given me some milk for my well earned cuppa at the end of the day but there is no shop  or restaurant here. Having said that I found they do a frozen pizza  which I bought and they cooked it in the pizza oven and it was delicious but way to big for one I’ll try later to eat more as it stops me functioning later tomorrow without the necessary fuel. Tomorrow due to distances here will have to push on and do some miles unless something else comes up and try and get as near to Marquette as possible. As I came nearer to my stop tonight it got hotter and and the sky turned a very nasty shade of navy blue but I managed to out run the storm which was quite a good one as I watched from my window over looking the lake, thankfully not still on my bike in the middle of no where. This will bring out more bugs and the temp has not dropped.

Back into Eastern time again

Mine is the middle room upstairs and very nice and cheap

View of the storm passing through

I will have to check the weather for tomorrow and get a early start 

Superior to Ashland Day 40 – 65miles

This morning I had breakfast with Nancy and Annie and then said our goodbyes it was a good night. She helped me get back on track so I went along the Hwy13 then dropped to Hwy 2 to Ashland which is right on the shore line of the lake.

The day was very warm and got up in the 80’s so I was drinking all the time diving into garages to replenish the supplies of water. At lunch time I pulled off at Iron Bridge 

and had something to eat and drink as my legs were beginning to feel like lead weights. It was up and down hill all day not big hills but in the heat it was quite gruelling.

Opposite where I stopped for lunch

There was not much to take pictures of today due to the up and down hills and tree lined roads so I tried to save myself from doing anything else but riding

Arriving at Ashland thank goodness as I was shattered the heat certainly takes its toll then the Mosquitos started so I was spraying my stuff and covered in suntan lotion but everyone always says you’ve caught the sun!!!!

I arrived at the motel I had booked last night to be greeted by Carol the owner who was still getting it ready but got me some iced water and a seat by the lake front which was nice.

Taken from the motel.

I finally got into my room and Carol said she would like to treat me to my meal at a local Bistro she recommended as she thought my trip was wonderful I told her there was no need but she insisted,drove me down spoke to the people there left me to have what ever I wanted and told me to call when finished and came and collected me. So I sat in the Bistro with a harpist playing  and had a wonderful meal it really was a lovely gesture thank you so much people have been so nice.

Tomorrow I head for State no3 Michigan and very soon back again into eastern time for the 2 nd time this trip

Little Marais to Superior Day 39 65miles with grateful help

I spent last night in my cabin fixing my tiny puncture so that today the bike handled better. I was out the door and on the road at 7.30 and the weather was set fair and was going to warm up.

As I went down the road I kept finding bike trails off the road which helped when the shoulder narrows. Half way through the morning my legs and body were telling me to fuel up so after Beaver Bay and silver bay and I think as far down as Gooseberry I pulled in as a passing motorist earlier  had told me it was nice place and had a late brunch. 


View from my cabin last night

Beaver bay falls

After brunch I was heading down the rd still peckish and came across Betty’s unfortunately it was qued out the door so could  not take advantage of another snack( hungry work this cycling lark)

This did make me smile thinking about my mum.

Anyway as I went towards my final goal Duluth I was hoping to get there before the Friday rush hour and to come in on a back rd. This when things started to go wrong a diversion on my route came into play and I was off my chosen route then brought out on the busy Freeway with people sounding there horns was I not suppose to be there? I wondered pulled in at the nearest gas station which wasn’t manned spoke to another motorist who thought it was ok so off I went again.

The diversion was now directing me over a 4 lane freeway which was very busy so I stopped to take a rethink  and there she appeared my saviour. Nancy had just left her house 200yds up the rd and was joining the freeway and saw me there.

Out she popped can I help I told her what and where I wanted to go  and she told me to go up to her house and wait while she parked her car and trailer on the hard shoulder. Lucky for me she is a fellow cyclists with many tours under her belt. Whilst back at her house and Nancy trying to figure out maps and routes we heard Annie her dog barking in her car so back down the rd to find the police stopped behind her car your not allowed to leave animal unattended. She apologised while I backed her up with the I’m lost Brit look and he let us go. Nancy then came up with a cunning plan put her bike in her small but nice trailer put black Betty in the car Annie on my lap kissing me and we were off.  Through Duluth and into Superior for me to get a motel. That was plan A but there is a football tourment on all rooms fully booked. Nancy came up with plan B she called her friend she was going to visit stated she was going camping with me what a star. We stopped at the nearest supermarket I went in got the meat and other stuff including beer and we were off. Nancy thank you so much what can I say and a good night was had.

Nancy small bug fantastic camper and of course Annie. No you can’t have a beer.

Nancy and Annie

Annie in full pose lovely dog and great night. Sorry if I mucked up your plans Nancy but it was very nice meeting you.

ChicagoBay to little Marais – Day 38 – 65 miles

Last night as I was tucked up my cabin there was a thunder storm that lasted well into the early hours. The cabin was lit up with all  the Lightning. 

This morning it was hard pulling myself out of a very comfy bed and hitting the rd. it was a late start at it was still raining when I got up. I waited and as luck would have it it rain stopped but only to be replaced by of very dense fog which is very old and that was what I had most of the day. Occasionally there would be a out break of sunshine but not that often. So today not to many pics.

I rode beside the lake, in land, a bit and a few rolling hills. At one of the resorts up the road I met a  couple cycling but only 6 day tour. They were booking in to a hotel but it was to early in the day so I continued. In the end at 64 miles I found something  but no wifi, unless you use the guy along the Rds  which I’m doing. I shocked in USA how many places don’t have wi fi. The places to eat and rest stops are really good so yes it is a safer ride but  can’t wait to end going south instead go East after tomorrow as I feel  I’m not getting where.

Where do I begin them Mosquitos are hellish I have a bit near my eye , another nasty one on my jaw and now neck I dread going out in the evening . Well tonight is short and sweet as extremely tired and Internet is doing my head in.

Fog over the Lake

The mangy moose  motel I tried to get to last night just because I liked the name but looked ok
One of the many waterfalls that flow into the lake

Tonight’s view from my  cabin by the lake

Part 2 -Thunder Bay to Chicago Bay Day 37 56 miles

Howdy Folks, slight detour now going south and crossed into America at Pidgeon River . Going round the side of Lake Superior and then doing south side as feel the roads more safer for cyclist or I’ve wimped out either way I feel safer and will do a extra 200 miles for my desision. So now in sunny Minnestota and then heading for Wisconsin  then Michigan State so will be doing 3 USA States then back into Canada at Saulte St Marie(Soooo). Should be down here for just less than 2 weeks all going well.

Had a wonderful time in Thunder Bay with my excellent Host Rosemary thank you so much for showing me around and sorting the bike shop appt. also thanks to Iris for her info on coming this route most helpful.

I left this morning and it looked like, rain but it managed to stay off till I cleared into America. Photo taken finger prints done and form filled in and parted with 6$ and they let me in. Went to the tourist info just over the state line and picked up all the info I needed and waited for the rain to stop. Spoken to a nice couple from Oregeon who even offered me some food but I declined as Rosemary had seen me off with a nice packed lunch and fruit. The rain didn’t last and I started the climb over Mt Josephine which wasnt to bad but the fog kept rolling in in patches off the lake. When I got to the top there is a lovely vantage point where it cleared and managed some pics so  it was a good day. I thought of stopping at Grand Portage at the hotel/casino but not my thing so thought as it was still early would push on. Now back in Central Time again for a short while.

I didn’t feel I would make Grand Marais at a reasonable time. Even thou I wanted to get to the motel I had selected for the name alone.The Mangy Moose Motel but will have to give it a miss as will pass that tomorrow quite early. 

On the way down the rd I stopped a nice guy and asked if there was any motels etc near by he suggested try Natasha’s as she rents cabins only about 2 miles down the rd. so off I went. I pulled in and Natasha is a lovely Russian Lady who couldn’t have been more friendly stated yes she had a cabin and it usually is 120 $ but I could have it for 100$ so as it was late the deal was struck. I then returned to pay but she doesn’t have a credit card machine so I only had 80$ cash on me so deal done I’m now renting a 2 bed room cabin in the woods  with all mod cons. 150 yes down the rd is Chicago Bay deli and coffee/store etc so was able to get something to eat. 

The roads down here have a wide shoulder a view of the lake and rolling hills and places to stop and eat so I think I made the right decision. So I’m now going to walk down to the lake side which is just down the rd to stretch my legs.

Coming out of Thunder Bay

Pidgeon River Border

View from mt Joesphine

The fog I had today

My home for the night

Thunder Bay Rest Day 36

Hi a rest day in the Bay. Woke up after a good nights sleep. Sun is up and planning my next days cycling tomorrow doing washing then off out this afternoon sight seeing with Rosemary.

First stop was a picnic at the Terry Fox  memorial. To those who don’t know anything about him  he lost his leg to cancer and so decided to run across Canada going 26 miles a day raising 24. Million for Cancer. Sadly his cancer returned and he only got a little way out of the Bay before he had to give up and sadly lost his life  back in 1981. 

This over looks Lake Superior 

Best shot as it was very hot and sunny

Over looking Thunder Bay

That is big foot which juts out into the lake

Rosemary my super host for 2 days thanks for all your help and kindness

These are the grain silos that the big tankers come in and get loaded from

The harbour break water wall

Looks like someone is going fishing on the lake for some big stuff


This is some glass art work down at the marine area


The local tipple which went down on a very hot sunny afternoon. I make no excuses it was nice. It’s called sleeping giant and brewed locally. So all in all a lovely day. Picked up my bike as needed new chain  and lubed up then home for BBQ even thou wind plus thunderstorm came in later. Well it is Thunder Bay what did I expect.

I’m amazed to find out also  the lake does freeze over in the winter due to the severe cold especially last years winter, even Rosemary had to warm the battery of her car just to get it started, as well has the usual plug in to keep the oil etc from freezing .

So off to bed to see what tomorrow brings.

Upsala to Thunder Bay Day 35 – here comes the rain 73 km

I woke up could hear cyclist next door getting ready so looked at my phone one said 6am and my tablet said 7am have I lost an hour? I briefly spoke to the guy next door as he loaded up to get going wasn’t sure if he was going east or west. No he was anxious to get going on his way to Thunder Bay. I stayed had 1st breakfast of the day a bowl of cereal and a mug of tea then packed up and on my way.

At 10 km down the road the other motel with restaurant came  into view so as I’ve not seen to many offering food thought let’s have brekkie no2 and it was very nice to but who has chips with their breakfast? The owners said bad weather was coming as both her and hubby’s hands were playing them up. Rain was forecast so thought I’d get a shift on. I texted Rosemary my host  in Thunder Bay to say that I was running a day early because of yesterday. She texted back good to go and able to pick me up from Shabaqua as prearranged but only a day earlier so 73 km to be done and I was off.

First up I saw a car parked on the opposite lane further down the rd. Bear? No it was a moose let’s call him Max just off the rd so camera ready here we go but from a distance as they seem to run away away a  lot of the time.

There he is that made my day.  As I continue on my way a guy stopped and told me to hang fire a bit as there was rather a large moose further up the rd with 2 calves I slowly made my way up but on the opposite side. It was great but she and her babies took off into woods so no pics 4 in one day couldn’t belief my luck.

Now the guy at the hotel last night said its all down hill to Thunder Bay is he having a giraffe!!!!! I don’t think so what was that I’ve been cycling up today then?

Now I found out Upsala uses Eastern time so I’ve now official lost another hour (rather careless of me).

Look even a board to tell me.

I had just read this sign and plip plop jacket on and the heavens opened up. Did this stop the mosquito?no nice bite behind my ear now. So  they had been spot on with the forecast at the motel. Anyway places to be  onward I went the rain  socked my jacket, shoes soaked on the plus side at least with shorts on it doesn’t seem so bad

Then the roadworks!!!! My little rant of the day in Good old Blighty we call it a hard shoulder so should you break down or have a flat you are well positioned to change said flat or pull over safely cause the shoulder is hard. No no it’s not like that here the shoulder disappeared before the rd works and of late shoulders are a thing of the past not like BC .

As it was chucking it down the spray from lorries whizzing passed I went on to what they  call shoulder. It usually is gravel or soft asphalt but with the rain I was sinking in it with the bike fully loaded but had no space on the highway to go. I pushed until I managed to go up hill in the lane corded off. I must be mellowing as all I could do was laugh at the situation and  wondered should I shampoo my hair as I had enough water. My nano is now soaked and will it work if I dry it out or is it beyond repair.

Finally as I came down the hill and round the corner there was Rosemary waving me home. A welcoming sight even thou we have never met. We loaded up and off we went via The Kakabeka Falls. Thank you Rosemary for stopping in all the rain allowing me to go and see and take some photos. They were worth the visit .


Rosemary had kindly phoned ahead so the cycle shop she uses were already aware of my bike coming in to be serviced. Then I got my first glimpse of Lake Superior all those geography lessons of my childhood and here I was finally wow! Even on a rain day it felt good to see.

Home we went and Rosemary could see how cold I was now so ran me a hot bath which was fantastic and we had a lovely meal, a bottle of beer and sat and watched a movie.

My  thoughts now turn to which route now along the top of Superior no shoulder and lots of hills and big distances in one day due to lack of anything Inbetween or south to Duluth USA across board and along the south side then back up at sault ste Marie then along Hwy17 for a short time to Espanola the ferry to Manitoulin Island so maps to be looked at and thoughts to be taken in, I’ll keep you posted here for 2 nights. 

Ignace to Upsala Day 34 – 108km

Well after a good meal last night and plenty or rehydration I felt much better but had decided on a short day to give my body time to recover as may have been pushing to hard. So up breakfast at motel and loaded and late for me off just before 9am. The weather was lovely the sun is back out but with the wind  swirling in all directions today kept the flys at bay as much as they can and my mosquito lotions applied heavily. 

I was to make my destination 60 km by about 1230 at English River. It looked lovely with views across the lake perfect or so I thought. I knocked I rang the bell there were cars there but no one about. Then I had the decision stay and see if some turns up or go on to the next place about 50 km up the rd. Off I went short of water and no place to stop before I get to Upsala. God this bit of rd has no stops so you have to carry all you need.

Slightly better scenery today

The shoulder is getting shorter and shorter and my mirror is used quite a bit so I can bale out when 2 trucks meet at the same time it can be quite scary at times especially going up the hills where the shoulder is almost  gone over to gravel

Lunch stop with a bit of a breeze kept the flys at bay

The view from the other picnic table it really was nice and peaceful

More warning to motorists when driving at night.

They are hiding from me!!!!

I eventually got to what I thought was Upsala the sign said petrol 2 mins,hotel 6 mins, again what does that mean to me who is tired and in need of food.

It actually meant 30 mins to come across the shell garage so I dived in there for liquid and some food but not a lot on offer so toasted cheese sandwich would have to do.  Chocolate milk for afters health living not but I had brought a prepacked chicken salad for evening meal.

On I went in search of this  motel and in the process the bloody sat nav Google took me across a cinder rd to which I fell off and cut my leg front and back so more bruising and a few choice words said to no one in particular, I’m beginning to dislike this part of the rd no stops and google maps all wrong with mileage and accurate data.

I have arrived now the guy here States  moose have been coming up to the rd at night plus bears and 2 wolves so could be interesting watching from my window I’m certainly not going out there. There is a lake opposite here on the other side of highway and a park but I’m staying put.

Tomorrow making my way 80 km further down the rd booking into another motel and my host in Thunder Bay is coming out to collect me  Tuesday so I can drop my bike at the shop to get new chain on and check everything is  ok for the next part of journey. So on Tuesday will be in Thunder Bay for 2 nights and a bit of a rest and planning going round the lake. The guy hear also to.d me its all down hill to The Bay but I’ve read Amy’s blog and I don’t believe anyone now unless they have travelled the rd by bike.!!!!!

Wabigoon to Ignace 90km Day 33

Well it rained well last night and I expected to be confronted by rain today. So when I pulled back the curtain was surprise to see it was dry but overcast. That put me in a good mood thought I’d hit the road early just in case the weather gods changed their minds. 

As I pulled out onto the road I was confronted with a head wind drat it was going to be one of those days. I put my head down but after 30 kms my legs were like lead and I was just not getting any power not sure if what I ate yesterday was enough and breakfast didnt hit the spot. I stopped and raided my bags but no matter what I ate nothing seemed to do the job as there is nothing and I mean nothing Inbetween places on this road I was going to have to dig deep today.

Wabigoon Mail drop see they have a bus shelter but my village can’t !!!!

Just as well I didn’t cycle into the village yesterday as this looks deserted

This was closed as well so it was a very  short stop.

At about 35km a cyclist came riding the other way and as is always the way we stopped to share a tale or to. He has come from Kitchener near Toronto and left on the 1 June and heading to Vancouver.Mark was his name and he had left Ignace this morning and had a tail wind all the way so was hoping to be in Dryden by lunch time. The lucky chap a tail wind, I give him it thou as he has had 2 days of headwind so it was his turn. He stated he hasn’t had good weather since he left and hadn’t put on his shorts yet mean while I haven’t had long trousers on yet so long may it continue.

When I did stop for various break I was nearly bitten alive with Mosquitos so I didn’t linger and used choose words as my temper and sense of humour was failing me. I’m afraid apart from one or 2 lakes the rest of the road was just tree lined and after a while not very interesting. 

I was stopped at rd works 25 km out apparently they are repairing a cink hole it’s nice speaking to the girls or guys who do the traffic control.

My gripe to day is please can we have the distances put up none of this 2 mins away or 10 mins as what does that mean to a poor  biker who is starving and just wants to arrive in town and get something.

Dan’s chip stand not open and up for sale

Finally I arrived headed to a motel booked in and hit the bar not for a drink it  was for food. I sat down the waitress came across I had already spied the specials. I told her just bring coffee and water please and the Northwood special I even had gravey on chips and boy did it go down well. I was then almost human. I think the waitress knew I was starving. Back to my room  and finally a soak to wash away the road dust and now as I sit doing the blog the sun has come out another day conquered.

Oh I saw 2 other cyclist as I came into town they were also going west and had a late night last night (darts) and were starting at nearly 4pm to get to Dryden over 100km away good luck boys you’ll need it. So hopefully with a good breakfast tomorrow I should be ok

Vermillion Bay to  Wagiboon 66km – Day32

Today according to google maps it was about 92 km to my next destination when in fact google has this motel in wrong location. So tomorrow I have 80 km to Ignace so another short day. That said there is forecast rain poss thunder so it’s certainly got cloudier since I have arrived. It gave me a excuse  to clean my trustee steed Black Betty and she is now all lubed and ready to go till she gets serviced at  Thunder Bay.

Today because of the lack of mileage feels like a wasted day but I have time on my side but this place is in the middle of no where so nothing to do. Luckily I was fore warned and  picked up food to see me through. I went to Walmart at Dryden the across the rd to Timmys for tea and frosted Cinnamon bun as my treat today.

On the way into Dryden the countryside was very green and rolling not to many lakes at all till the other side. Dryden its self stands out with a massive skyline of what looks like a paper mill. The town/ city as that’s what it is population was 8,000 . I prefer the landscape prior to entering Dryden and a pretty place called Oxdrift looked a nice community. This area is mainly farming and lots of hunting and fishing in the lakes and surrounding  land, every second stop on the highway is a bait shop.


The road ahead for the day

A pretty little church small or fancy windows but does the job I like simplicity


What’s this David Cameron and his chums went to school here?

A small city none the less

This is max the moose 

Look he also has a friend probably called Eddie

Thunder Lake before I stopped at Wabigoon for the night. Getting closer to Thunder Bay  hopefully by beginning of next week so I can see the big Lake.

Kenora to Vermillion Bay  Day 31 – 96km

Was not looking forward to today but it turned out as things often do to be a lovely day and completely in the zone. I was up really early had breakfast and was on the road by 7.30 am with the hope of stopping at Tim Hortons for a cinnamon bun but what is it, do all Canadians go out to breakfast, cars were queuing to get in so I passed on the idea and cycled on to get back on the main Highway.

The sun was out but not really warm just pleasant  with a bit of a breeze which seemed to change direction all day but I’ll take that because guess what no bugs following me or dive bombing what a bonus things going my way.

As I went out of town I’m amazed sometimes by the art work or signs out in Canada

A full herbie as a spider really impressive as I’m a fan of the car.

Once I hit the highway there was no doubting I’m crossing the Canadian Shield  plenty of rolling hills and the lakes on either side were superb and  just worth cycling through.

I like to know in advance how much your going to get fined makes you think although I didn’t see set Brian out on patrol today.

My first lake came into sight so photo  had to be taken.

This is Dogtooth lake don’t ask why because I’ve not a clue and certainly didn’t  resemble a dogs tooth

As I carried on I noticed in one of the lakes that I saw a beavers den  but no sign of the occupant pity.

I forgot to say yesterday as I was cycling just up a head a skunk or to you and I (Pepe le pew) minced across the road I noticed cars went out of their way to avoid and I was coming up fast it stopped on the shoulder saw me coming and made toward me. I checked my mirror and also did a side severe to avoid as I didn’t wish to face the aftermath as I’ve heard it can be smelly. Pepe then minced back across the road without a care in the world. Today it was a large deer that bounded out and leapt in front of me a big beast and shot into the forest.

I was armed with home made sandwiches so at lunch time I stopped at one of the many lakes and spoke to a lady originally from Switzerland but now Canadian  on her way to Dryden. I thought as I sat at the side of the lake listen to 2 loons(birds) calling and diving for food  this beats sitting in my works car park at lunchtime in fact to day was as good as it gets.

Just living the dream

The road was better than expected after the tales written about it. Yes, little hard shoulder when going up hill and when the wind is blowing toand 2 lorries whizzing by I just got off the bike.

At 90 km I came into Vermillion Bay I thought of pushing on but legs and body said no go to the bakery already recommended and there I sat coffee and a little something.

This was taken later on when all the cars had gone but it was open earlier could be breakfast tomorrow as open at 7am?

Just for you Greg more weird signs I think for Pistons although unsure what that has to do with it

I’ve arrived

Fort Vermillion

View from the road of Vermillion Bay

So to sum up today a good day. One of the reasons I wanted to make the trip but tomorrow I might curse again it’s that kinda of trip. But happy thoughts from a tired biker biking across Canada because I can.

Ontario Part 1

Hadashville to Kenora  Day 30 – 113Km

Well people I’m going to break down Ontario into 3 parts as this will be the only way I can get my head round how vast it is. Thanks for the tip Hilary I can see I’m going to be swearing and shouting at these distances flys and hills those never ending hills and I’m only starting.

I left my motel this morning even after putting on mosquito repellent last night still bitten. On the road just before 8am to try and beat the mid day heat more about that later. The day started well kinda cooler than it has been so I put my jumper on I think the first time since BC. Along I went hoping to have a second breakfast at Falcon Lake! As I was cycling along a man flagged me down (I just have this way) he was putting more petrol in his car. I stopped not wanting to be rude. And turns out Tyrone was a nice guy just wishing to hear about my bike and travels and what I carry. Again he is on his way to Newfoundland why is everyone going there?

Well he wanted to know if he could refill my water but I’d been on the road only a hour and declined then he gave me a jar of homemade jam. A tin of salmon  and chocolate bars which were to come in handy I declined any more stuff as I felt I would over load. He wanted my picture and I got another of myself for my family sorry bad hair day aren’t they all so helmet stayed on. I have his tel no and assured a bed for the night in Sudbury but I turn off before then. His parting gift was a bible all wrapped up. I had to except  but it is more weight so may have to be left behind in my hotel room as I’m trying to lighten my bags not collect more stuff. Mind you toast and jam tomorrow sounds lovely if I do say so myself. So Amy he is coming your way look out for Tyronne. As she tells me Kenneth stopped and gave her a can of drink today incredible some of these people and there kindness.



The road was changing it started to increase in the amount of incline.




Yet another reminder of what and whom lies ahead

  The Canadian Shield comes into view

  First view of many lakes ahead

  Look we are out of the Praries and the hills begin


  We’ve made it to another Province

  Lovely food up no don’t be silly closed its Wednesday



Another cafe round the corner also shut

  Coming into Kenora

   Today as been one of these days even as I write this the Internet connection keeps dropping out so frustrating . 

So in a nut shell before I lose it again the day progressed into a hilly road hot weather and no where open for a hungry biker. Tempers were getting frayed as I pulled into Kenora spoke to the information  desk to find there was simply no motels now till I get round all the lakes which isn’t true. I took my free map and left in search of motels to find a convention of sorts on and every where full so travel lodge it was hang the expense if I didn’t get a shower and food someone was going to die!!!

I then hit Walmart to get something to make for tea and of course to carry tomorrow as no hope of a cafe tomorrow we’ll not until the end. I saw a policeman on the way in and spoke to him as he sat there. He told me what the coming rd would be like and also gave me his card nice guy. Oh another thing to look out for 2 fugitives hitch hiking from Toronto wanted for homicide so let’s be careful out there. Girl and boy aged about 20s could be in thunder Bay Area oh I’m heading that way. Some more nice people to speak to? Also on the way back from Walmart the sky got darker the wind got up blowing dust up into my eyes and I just made it back to my room before the heavens opened up the end to a perfect day. It will be better tomorrow I’m  sure



Winnipeg to Hadashville  Day 29 – 120 km

Made it out of Winnipeg using google maps may not have been the quick route but avoided most of the traffic. Quite a few cycle lanes were used which is always nice. 


My sat nav had me going through a outdoor reserve which was quite nice first thing this morning

So back on the highway 1 and eastwards I headed as you can see it was a warm pleasant day no clouds in the sky. I have been bitten alive of late so I sprayed, and lotioned myself did it work you must be joking they love me. I will become a garlic eater if I can find a cafe.

Tell me why to the local authority feel the need to put up the same sign  could they not just combine in English and French on one sign must be costing a fortune. I don’t think that many people speak French this side. Oh well not my money just a little thought?


Well folks I’ve made it to the official centre of Canada cos the sign says so. Stopped took the picture stare up a straight flat rd and continued and not even halfway across.

  Boring but has to be done. Still a little shoulder!

I kept looking for somewhere to stop and eat but nothing came up then I saw a sign for walkers and pulled into a car park looked inviting only to find it was a bait shop and didn’t do food on Tuesday’s. It’s always the way do you push on looking or? Whilst there was stopped by a guy in the car park who wanted to talk about your trip it would be rude to press on. I informed him of looking for food. He told me  he was cyclist but was driving to Gander  which is even further than I’m going. His name was Kenneth and he was 74yrs but had a crazy  way about him (yes I attract them). He asked if I wanted a couple of smokey Joe’s well I looked at him a bit funny as wasn’t quite sure if he was offering me a joint!!  Then he clarified by asking if I was a vegetarian  no I said so I got offered a couple of cooked sausages from his cool box plus a cold can of 7 up. He then informed me God would have knocked him on the head if he hadn’t offered me food. Nice chap if not a little  crazy. 

I pushed on only to find another 20 km up the rd and what did I spy a restaurant isn’t it just the way. I didn’t feel like anything then. I went into the garage to refill my bottles but was told the water was not for drinking it was from a well by a very unhelpful lady. I felt I had enough to go on  as I wasn’t paying for bottled water it’s the principle.

Then a sign came up rd works for the next 33km what the….  Yes I spent most of the time in the lane blocked off so wasn’t to bad except for dust and the flies dive bombing and they hurt, they circle all about you no matter how fast you go. I can see I’m going to have real issues with them and the Mosquitos. The area  I have come through is tree lined and swampy water at the sides not nice.

As you can see I kept in near side

I arrived at the motel I picked due to the distance  but no one was there. Then a old boy came out.He  told me to take room 7 as that was unlocked. Not the best I’ve stayed in no fridge no tea making what has happened, standards are slipping and when the owner did come round  bloody expensive but by then it was to late  to go else where. Better still I asked the old guy where I could get food he stated 6 miles further back off the highway I thought noooooooo. I asked what time do they close at  he looked up and said in about 15 mins…………

He was A lovely old guy  and ran me down to the store in his dated Buick which had no power steering  and he had to get the cat out of the car and all the junk. He was like something out of the Beverley hilly billies but  so helpful. The only meal I could get was frozen pasta meal but wait for it nothing to cook it with but I bought it all the same and when the owner returned asked for microwave which she supplied to my room. So on that note now fed and watered and washed feeling better. Let’s see what tomorrow brings.

Jed Clampits car it looks good  from the out side but inside so thing else I’m sure chickens have rooster in there… 



Winnipeg  – Day 28 Rest Day

Arrived here last night and after meet my host and various family members and had a lovely BBQ outside. Then it finally rained but only for a short time. Kaitlin and her sister took me out to the Comedy Club  to see 12 finalist competing for  3 slots in Toronto later this year. It was a good  night. As I sat at the table I watched at the near table seemed to have  what I thought was strawberry or raspberry jam but it turns out it was cocktails served in moonshine jars to you and I it was drinking out of a jam jar but it was really good. As we drove home I was surprised to see so many deer in the city and housing areas and I’m not talking small deer. KaItlin told me she once had a stag head butting her house obviously didn’t like her paint work or something. I also asked why most people have a plug hanging  from the grill of their cars. This is to plug in to stop oil etc freezing when it gets -35 in the winter. They have sockets all over the town and at parking bays etc you could plug your hairdryer in if you wanted!!!! Mind you there’s a thought going out in your pjs to dry your hair to save electricity. Also down town they had a pole with evey kind of plug so you can charge your mobile phone neat little idea I thought.

Kaitlin gets up really early to go to work but when I got up she had baked me some home made muffins what a star glorious breakfast with my cuppa tea what a way to start the day.

Thank you so much. They were delicious

I had to go shopping for more cycling shorts today as the others are getting washed to death so instead of cycling I decided to investigate the city by bus and foot for a change. Armed with the knowledge that no 66 would take me downtown I was set. The city at the current time is very busy with people in for the women’s Fifa World Cup. I believe it is hosting Germany, USA. Sweden and possible Japan. I know Carsten my German friend is having difficult finding some where to stay but found out there is a backpackers hostel down town but the Youth Hostel has not opened for the season yet. I bumped into some German fans a husband and wife who pointed me in the direction of the Forks beside the river Kaitlin said it was worth checking out. 

They have build a new building for Canadian  Human Rights and it looked very impressive.

Outside is a bronze statue of Gandi

All along the riverside is some great bits of  interesting stone work. This place is where the Indians use to gather years ago where the 2 rivers meet. The Assiniboine and The Red River.






Also they had the most amazing food market hall that was like Covent Garden but much large that’s where I had lunch and chatted to lovely old ladies who asked about my trip. Everyone has been so friendly and if you get lost always someone will stop and ask if th eye can help you.


All old railway carriage on display.


The new railway freight running straight through downtown Winnipeg.


I really liked downtown the tower on the building above has a revolving restaurant


This is the new footbridge with restaurant which Kaitlin  informs me they decided to build on the the bridge  but they realised that the waste and water would have to be run along under the bridge and in the winter as it goes to-35 they had to lay better pipes etc to stop freezing this  is now why they call them the million dollar toilets!!!! Oh so someone was thinking in the planning stage. All in all it was a good day in the city, when I was getting my cycling shorts from the MEC I saw this and thought anything that helps ward off bears is good so my 2cdn purchase, needless to say my hubby just laughed I’ll be like tinkerbell going through the woods now…
What every respectable cyclist should have !!!!!!!!!

My host Kaitlin and her dog on the back porch.

One thing before I go these mosquito can bite you even through your clothing tomorrow I’m covering myself in Watkins before I venture forth. My body is suffering from many bites in funny places but enough of that peeps. 

I hit the road tomorrow and by Wednesday should then be coming into the Canadian Shield and a new Province  Ontario the largest  and the one that will take the longest so hold on to your hats folks.