Montreal

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

   
 

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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.

Digby

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!!!!!!!

  
Dah!

  


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!!

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 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 

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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.

  L
  

  
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. 

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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?

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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.

Portage to Winnipeg Day 27 78km

Today was a good day miles or should I say km just fell away and heading for Winnipeg the road was flat and Straight but did notice more greener and definitely more trees. Heading for warm showers for 2 nights so I can go to Mec to get some stuff to wear more cycling shorts.

It was dull and overcast to start off with but the sun soon came out and turned into a warm day. I loaded up the address on my google maps so had a pretty good idea where I was making for.

No people on the highway to day although as I got near Winnipeg more cyclists about on the back roads enjoying a Sunday cycle.

  
Trees at last

  
Water hole by the side of the highway quite a lot of these then I saw a eagle but it flew off but just stood watching where it landed  at the other side  of the pond.

  
Just see him and no more at least I think it was an eagle it had some wing span

  
The other side of the pond

I have also notice that people here are also keen gardeners as there was lots of plants for sale and garden centres. 

  
On the way to Katlins house

  
  
Was at the side of the road in

I arrived at Katlins house and what a super host she has been so kind and her dog is just great. We are off to night to the Comedy club and picking up her sister on the way so that should be a good night out. I’ll keep you posted I’m staying 2 nights before heading  out again and into another Province just happens to be the biggest so concerned but happy I’ve made it thus far.

Going to explore down town Winnipeg tomorrow.

Carberry to Portage La Prairie Day – 26 77 km

Last night I had a meal at the cafe connected to Robins Nest Motel and sat and ate with the locals. After that went to my room and wrote my blog but to be honest was finding it hard to stay awake. So it was a early bed I’d say about 8pm I lasted to, then out like a light. Now I use that to say at about 1.30am the bedroom was  alight to a terrific thunder and lightning storm glad I wasn’t in a tent last night the wind was also blowing  it was quite pretty to stand and watch from the safety of my room. 

Today I started really well and had a SW tail wind of sorts so it was great. There was A few up and down bits of the rd which has been missing the last 2 Provinces so it was nice to get speed up again ( mind you ask me about hills in a couple weeks and I’ll be sick of them). We cyclists are a fickle lot always wanting something else.

I was going so well, that I almost thought of going the whole way to  Winnipeg and calling my host but I heard that there were to be thunder storms this afternoon. So I arrived here at 1230 and the sky’s turned black and a few rumbles  so over tea at Timmys decision made but as yet it hasn’t happened although very warm maybe tonight. On reflection after yesterday I think I made the right choice and slow things down a bit. 

Retail therapy was what was need this afternoon and to have a look around and of course there was Walmart and Canadian Tire neither have I visited  so far so thought what the heck. I was lookIng for more cycling shorts but the bike shop had none  so it will have to be the MEC.

On the way here about  30 km out of town on the other carriageway  facing the oncoming traffic I saw a male pushing a  3 wheeled buggy with all his camping gear. So as we of the road do I waved he anxiously waved back and I stopped. He ran across 3 lanes and appeared quite distressed needed something to drink so I gave him my orange juice and a harvest bar. He is Jacob from Poland who is walking across Canada. He does about 40/50 km a day but with yesterday and the heat to day seemed  quite burnt and in need of a drink. He stated he was making for town. I see when I came back he is also booked in tonight as he stated he need a roof over him to night food and to hydrate himself. I hope he’s feeling better tomorrow. I know I go through quite a lot of water and have to keep stopping at places to replenish due to the warm weather. It’s a bad move out here not having enough water. The Prairie can take its toll on the best of us.

Not many photos today. Except has Norfolk moved and am I paying my council tax to the right people.

  
  
This is Jacob from Poland walking across Canada in aid of prosethic limbs just needed a pick me up of orange juice and a harvest bar.

  
The geese about to walk towards the river as I went over the bridge into town

Finally solved the problem of more t bags not Yorkshire t bags but hey beggars can’t be choosers and guess what  I found in Walmart tunnocks tea cakes thought I’d died and gone to heaven and no guilt about eating them here. Saturday night in, a cup of tea and tea cake the simple pleasures in life I may even have more.

Bye peeps tomorrow off to Winnipeg and my warm showers host Katlin.

Virden to Carberry 124km Day 25 The Praries keeps on giving

Up and packed up and on the road by 07.15am. I’d heard that it was going to be a bad day weather wise. The Praries just keeps on giving. Straight away there was a strong head wind as I started cycling towards Brandon. That was bad enough as the rd veered round the wind then battered me from the side almost putting me into the road. It was a constant battle all day but I had booked my motel so on I went cursing. 

As the day went  on it got warmer and the sun was very strong. I kept putting more sun cream on as I could feel myself getting burnt. As I did this of course the dust from fields and Vehs coming off dirt track roads just whipped up and stuck to me it was crazy it was like being sand blasted

As I made progress slowly I came into Brandon  and stopped for lunch quickly as by then I just wanted to get to the motel out of the sun and away from the wind. But it was a cruel afternoon on me as it just never let up and the gusting wind was horrible. I was cursing and swearing and had to dig deep but I finally pulled up here 124km completed at 1530hr having battled the wind, I hope tomorrow will be better?

 

You can see the the flags blowing across  just letting me know there is a strong cross wind with gust up to 45

  

The road I travelled

  

I knew I was getting near my destination.

  

Looks like it’s little house on the praires on wheels!!!

These photos were the best I could do to day as my mind was more into battling the elements for that I am sorry. Must do better tomorrow. 
 

MANATOBIA  – Mossomin to Virden  67 km Day24 short day

Another town another Province. Yes made it to Manatobia put my clock forward 1 hour so kinda strange day so due to the stages I’ve planned pulled in here just after 1430hrs after a late start this morning. 

Today’s road was a mixture of good shoulder then bad  but all in all not to bad not much to be seen really except more greenery and more trees which is nice for a change but still flat roads. About 20 km down the road I pulled in to get the usual I’ve made it to Manitoba. To be honest I’m amazed every time I cross into a new Province knowing I cycled there still gives me  a strange feeling. I decided that as no one was there to take my photo I’ll try and work out how to use the delay on my camera, I can hear my family laughing now as they know how I hate technology. So I apologise but this is the best I could do from the saddle of blackbetty and me doing a mad dash up to the sign. God knows what passing motorist must of thought of the demented girl on the bike.

  
Blackbetty in front of the sign.

  
Sorry the best I could do after several attempts

All through the Praries has been these black birds with bright red on the wings as you go past they are always squawking but quite amusing so today managed to photo one of them.

  
Also to give you some idea how the roads shoulder I cycle on was bad in places

  
But it did get better just off and on was like this or worse at one point where the rd was blocked off for repair I went into the blocked off lane which was cool and much safer.

Then came the magic 2,000 km mark and a little cheer even though no one could hear except the squawking birds.

  
Only about another 3,000 or so to go if you say it quickly it doesn’t seem so bad.

I also had to laugh at how short the telegraph poles are here I was wondering if the engineers are midgets or something but even I could reach .

  
I mean there is small and smaller than this one.

Also as I cycled on I was confused was I in Norfolk or Suffolk as the signs confused me was I back home???

  
Near but so far away!

Tonight I treated myself to a pizza not had one for years and thought tomorrow doing  124km would certainly work that off no problems. I’m heading to Carberry and a little motel called Robins Nest  motel. It reminds me of a TV programme years ago and Robins Nest was a comedy about a one armed dishwasher so that made me smile. Well that’s all folks sorry but not much more to pass onto you. 

Oh almost forgot at the end of the day I was at Tim Hortons and as I pulled up a another guy was about to head off. His name is Luke he is going to Winnipeg then round the lakes then finishing off in New York. He has given me his card as he is coming back to Halifax to start uni in the fall. Flying in to Halifax on the 25 Aug so he told me to call as he may have a flat sorted by then which I thought nice of him. He is coming back via Australia, New Zealand on a half the world trip. It’s amazing wh you bump into at Tim Hortons.

Wolseley to Moosomin Day 23 – 124km

Well left the hotel fairly early. No Wind I say again no wind as such so at 7.30 I was on the road. The guy in the next room was outside watching me pack up with a fag in his hand. ” what’d you want to  cycle across Canada for,I might if it was on a horse nah don’t think so” so I knew it would be a interesting conversation. He saw the sign I have on the bike saying across Canada. I said cos I can  I replied. he thought had a drag on his fag and coughed somemore. At this point I took my exit as the fumes were wafting my way.

The road was fairly quiet and as I had porridge and a banana I was ready to motor. I reached Grenfell and going in the opposite direction was 2 guys on fully laiden bikes the  usual waves and shout to each other and we waved good bye me going east they going west. 

  
The usual hoot as the long train went by but not a lot other than that. A couple of snakes on the shoulder and one was alive  but managed to narrowly miss it thank goodness as I hate snakes(not a rattler) then further up was a dead small moose on the fast lane which was a shame. I thought should I phone the police like everyone in Norfolk does to tell of debris on the road I pause held that thought  with you must be joking and carried on…..

  
Somemore silos that are along the rail tracks.

The country side has been getting greener and more rolling fields than of late and more trees which makes a change. Then the next sign came up and I thought maybe I’ll get to see one but so far no luck.

  
Where are you?

Today I didn’t stop for lunch instead I ate al fresco some hard boiled eggs, chicken which needed finishing ah and  carrot dipped in soft cream cheese what a feast. Inbetween I did have my  peanut bars washed down with a slush iced drink. Why do I buy cold drinks like that all I get is brain freeze and the lady from the gas station trying to have a chat to me with me clutching my head  and nose no more of these or smoothies.

Tonight I pulled into Moosomin which is very small but hear on the news 2 of its travelling youths have been arrested in Malaysia for dancing naked on a scared hill there. To clarify it seems a very quiet town with railway track running through and I haven’t seen any local natives dancing naked near the tracks so it is obviously something they do when abroad.

  
The railway crossing into town. Needles to say my motel is on the wrong side of the track and run by a Chinese couple who speak no English and that were carrying out acupuncture on the owners hand when I arrived  but I carried on filling out my card without batting a eyelid as if that was the norm.

  
The main drag.

Tomorrow I cycle down the rd about 15 km or so and cross over to the Province of Manatobia  and put my clock forward 1 hour and I also believe my  clock will also turn to the completion of 2,000 km so I may do a little dance tomorrow but will be fully dressed.  Night to all my readers or anyone that cares to follow me happy to reply to any e mails. 

Further update hung my shorts and cycling top outside to dry just gone out to collect them and the door of my room shut. Now have done something of a dance in bare feet over a I unpaved parking lot to get spare key. You got to laugh. Oh nearly out of Yorkshire t bags crisis may have to resort to teller but not quite the same.

Regina to Wolseley  Day 22 104 km

I was up with the lark and had a good breakfast at the hostel then started to load up. We said goodbye to Carsten the German guy also biking across but going on tracks and not using the highways. We had a good laugh just sitting around chatting to him. He has some lovely photos and videos of his trip so far. He aims to be in St John by Oct.  we may meet again when he has to take Hwy 17 through the Canadian Shield but we will see.

The first 20 km I rode with Amy but knew she was going further so today we said goodbye but again may meet up on the rd again who knows but she wants to finish at the beginning of August so is pushing on. The first 20km was into a head wind which was really taking it out of me at one point down to 7kph which I might as well have walked. The traffic was also heavy. At one point I thought of stopping and sitting it out whilst having a  tea or something. 

The road then took a right turn and a NW wind whipped in ok but not perfect on I pushed. 

 
Won’t make it today but hope to be there by Sunday if the wind is blowing in the right direction.

  
Is this a Canadian version of our  council tips?

  
A guessing game where did I have lunch?  Yes Indian Head in the dinner opposite a lovely ice cream parlour. I thought I’d  died and gone to heaven yes it’s Tuesday and both open. By then I caught up with Amy she was going for ice cream me for the main meal. After lunch I wandered across feeling quite full to see what she had only to be greeted by a couple who saw us and wanted to buy us a ice cream. What a lovely couple how could I possibly refuse it would be rude not to have one. Amy couldn’t face another so I sat down to what I thought would be a small cone but a big cup full of ice cream and a cone on the top lovely….

Needless to say I was feeling rather full when I left  Indian Head but content.

Onwards another 30 km and Wolseley came into view early finish but 104km is long enough so I went to find the motel. The Motel is just off the highway but clean and the lady running it was lovely she upgraded me to a nice room when she heard about what I was doing  even though I had asked for a cheap room. Then I needed a drink from the fridge and she stated that was her gift to me with some chilled bottled water very nice. The bed is very nice too I can’t keep my eyes open.

No wildlife as such seen today and depending on the wind tomorrow will make to Moosmin about 124 km from here. If the wind is strong will pull in at Whitewood we will see where I am tomorrow night.

Regina day 21 Rest Day

Well today woke up and by 8am already in the 30’s asked if they normally get this weather this time of year and the answer no normally like this in July. Locals are praying for rain. 

Washing is done,food shop done, just sitting in doors  as out there is blisteringly hot and I already have burnt my ear, yes I know but must have peeped out under my helmet. So glad in a way I’m not moving on today. My riding companion for the last 3 days will go on further tomorrow as she has to be finished by early August and is going all the way to St. John me I’m wimping  out at Halifax quite far enough I think.

Whilst here I manage to plug one to many items into the extension lead and blew the air conditioning not popular but since I’ve been out a electrical engineer called out working ok thank god need sleep tonight so we can get a early start and beat the heat.

I’ve visited the post office and sent my winter gloves and some other stuff home as not required anything to decrease the load. Black Betty is performing well but will have a go this afternoon when the sun goes down to clean the chain.

I must admit after tomorrow not looking forward to being on my own again but I’m sure I’ll manage. I’ve planned my days so they are a little shorter than I’ve been doing but sometimes there is no other way due to no towns or any thing else in between. I must confess camping is now a last resort as I don’t sleep and I need that to pedal through the next day. 

The next challenge will to be ride through a big city that being  Winnipeg which will be interesting also would like to stop at the Mec to pick up some stuff ie t shirts shorts/trousers but we will see how easy this will be as its down town.

So heading 100km tomorrow on the Hwy1 will keep you all updated.

Besant Campsite to Regina Day 20 105km

Thank God packed up from camping last night and lack of sleep. Off again at about 07.45 and the wind looked favourable North north west gusting lets go. 

We have both booked ahead and off to stop 2 nights at the hostel in Regina for a well earned chill time. We haven’t seen Will yet but Amy will contact him when we get to Tim Hortons and see how he faired yesterday. 

We reached Moose Jaw at about 10am and took some photos guess where?

  
  
He’s big chap

I called home to check all was ok and replenished my intake by having tea and a sticky cinnamon bun lovely then off we went with the wind behind. We heard from Will he wild camped at the village we stopped at Mortlach probably got more sleep than us but we never saw him the rest of the day.

  
  
More on the way to Regina may I say flat most of the way.

  
Yeah trying to but have almost run out. Hope Regina is not to far as its getting very hot!!!

We finally saw the outline of Regina about 14 km out a welcome site. We had not stopped for lunch with the thought of warm shower bed no Mosquitos calling. I followed Amy’s lead into the city into a brutal head wind but we first called into a Subway and I had my first sub which was very tasty but to be honest anything would have been at this point. It looks quite a nice city and had a lovely park area where everyone was hanging out.

  
  
  
Finally we are here Amy looking relieved nice hostel

  
A finally shot of Amy hitting 3,000 km mark on her trip

I’m a novice only 1,720 km so far 

Swift Current to Besant Camp ground day 19 143 km 

Well plans change in the blink of a hat out here. I left Swift Current on Saturday  with the full intentions of only doing 46 km to Herbert and have a leisurely day in motel and catch up with washing etc. On waking up early decided to pack up had breakfast at A&w which was ok then thought I’d beat the heat and press on. I was cycling and about 10 km out saw what I thought was another cyclist up a head I thought it might be Will from the other day so slowly I stalked and caught up. It was Amy who I’d been following her blog on CGOB. She started. In Victoria  at the beginning of May but had come down from Prince Rupert. 

We decided to ride together for the day so we were off. Herbert came and went the we hit Morse for a spot of lunch. The town is a little rundown and not a place you really wanted to linger. Amy had Besant camp ground in her sights or even Moose Jaw. It was turning in to a scorcher again but we kept taking breaks and in the afternoon knew the winds were against us to make Moose Jaw. 

Plenty of dead snakes a raccoon and other wild life on the side of the rd so had to hold your nose when you went by on the shoulder. 

 Nice cycling by water for a change

By afternoon we need to replenish our water so we dived into the gift centre at Chaplin where they do minerals salt etc and took time out in the shade

  
  
Looks like snow but it’s salt I think

On we pressed but the camp site was no place to be seen. I must admit my calf muscles were aching a bit but another bar of something helped. By this time the wind had gotten up and the sky’s to the left were black and we thought we might get hit by rain but onward for a hot shower.

We saw the sign at last pulled into Mortlach which was very pretty and twined would you believe with Duftown in Scotland. We were greeted with no there is no campsite here although they stated  we could camp opposite the cafe if we wanted but a shower was what we both needed.  Typical driver it’s only 10mins up the rd which could mean 30 mins for a cyclist. 

I was battling a side wind that was buffering blackbetty and on 140 km saw the sign at last hoorah.

Down we went to the campsite  not the best. There was the owners daughters wedding being held on site so the lady was putting us to the bottom of the site miles from the showers. Have you no where near I piped up. She must have seen how we looked or even smelt so the over spill it was for us.

Tents put up I went for a shower as I stepped out and drying myself who should walk in but the bride and sister trying to help her go to the toilet  and lift her dress up. She was like a meringue in all her get up and me bright red from sun and standing with wet hair shorts t shirt and flip flops. I was polite and wished her well and hoped the day was a good one.

We were told you will have a quiet night on the over spill!!!! Oh yeah dodge pickups reeving up and down  all bloody night followed by the trains. Did I mention the trains I could have sworn my tent was by the rail side…. It starts with him sounding the horn then a continuing thunder of all the wagons going through for about 5/10 mins this went on all night. at 4 am I was up at the toilet infested by Mosquitos. Then got back to my tent to be heralded by the dawn chorus by 6am we were both up and had enough. So early start.

  
Shade at Chaplin visitor centre.

  

Maple Creek to Swift Current Day 18   Long Day in Saddle 137 Km

Well after  the rain yesterday and staying in Maple Creek  for a night under shelter.I was going to go for a early start but wasn’t prepared for how early!! I was awoken from sleep at about 4.30am by the man next door snoring and when I say snoring the walls were vibrating then he must have woken himself up and started coughing sounded like a man who smokes at least 40 fags. Anyway I dozed then got up just before 6am as the cafe next door starts breakfast then. New note to myself. Have breakfast and that’s what I did  2 large pancakes bacon and of course maple syrup it must have worked as I burst out of the hotel and off I went a women on a mission. My legs felt good and sunshine not to hot and a little wind. Back up to join the Hwy 1 I seemed to power along and was concerned  at the average speed I was  doing but knew I couldn’t keep it up. I kept snacking and  taking liquid finally it seems I know how my body works on this trip.  I stopped at Tompkins as a sign stated home made food etc but as I pulled in it had closed  down so another bar of food and pushed through to Gull Lake. There I had a nice lunch and stopped to rest before the last 56 km. 

  

This is how they round cattle up to walk them across Hwy 1. It was good to watch

  
This is Gordon the gofer and his mate Alan

  
Gordon just liked the limelight but they keep me amused.

  
Who said the Praries are flat  more hillocks as you come nearer Swift Current

By this time the wind had died down and it had become incredibly hot. I kept drinking and reapplying my sun cream about 9km out of Swift I was getting low on water but made it. The Motel is ok and run by a guy who’s sister lives in Leicester so we had a chat but I must confess to feeling hot sweaty and in need of a shower.

After booking in and a shower I nipped nearby to the seven eleven to by more pop and a ice cream as a treat and it was lovely. Tomorrow is a short day as appears only one motel between here and Moose Jaw so making for Herbert then on Sunday onto my warm showers host in Moose Jaw.the next weeks weather appears to be getting hotter I didn’t think I would need so much sunscreen. 

Still planning my route after Winnipeg just not sure which way I’ll be going various thoughts at the moment but we will see. Hopefully in Winnipeg will have a few days to chill out and maybe get some new tops and shorts we will see.

Maple Creek Revised plan Day 17

I was up and packed, away and on rd before 0830am. 5 km up the rd I stopped at the tourist info and got new maps and info was told the weather  showers and made plans to cycle to Gull Lake. I had a second breakfast at the cafe over the road when the heavens opened up and rain low cloud and terrible visibility on the road. I waited a bit then started I managed 5 km up the hwy1 but had to turn back as visibility was poor and the wind was blowing so I beat a retreat back down the rd this time to a motel  in Maple Creek which is 8 km off the Highway and here I sit. I’m unsure if William made any start as he was still in bed when I left and have not seen him on the road today. The rain continued till early afternoon, to late to start and I had paid the motel for the night. Tomorrow I will have to be on the road early and try to make Swift Current in one day 140 km so it’s not going to be easy day and a long one. If I need to I will pull in at Gull Lake.  The next day I plan to make to Herbert or there abouts then Sunday to Moose Jaw where I have another warm showers stop.

I’m finding the space in between places  without any services hard so it’s long days in the saddle when I’m on the road. The camping last night was good to have company but no use for sleeping as I just couldn’t get comfy. So it’s been a day of catch up and planning and see what weather tomorrow brings.

Medicine Hat to Maple creek  eagle camping ground 88 km day 16 Welcome to Saskatchewan 

Today was good started at Dougs with a very good breakfast he insisted and seems to have done the trick. Leaving Medicine Hat is the usual tepee photo but had to be done. 

 

Hwy 3 now merges with Hwy 1 but so far ok nice wide shoulder and drivers giving plenty of room. About 26 km had just been Tarmac so very smooth if some what tacky on the wheels of black Betty.

  
  
I gave up counting the amount of freight being carried by the trains. Lots of prairie dogs at the side of the road making noise and darting about then I came across the next sign my god is there any animal I should not be scared of. Mind you unsure what I was to do if I saw one.

  
Not sure how that works

Anyway onward to the tourist info where I was told to get more water so I stopped still in Alberta and took use of wi fi free coffee and had my lunch out side talking to a lady on holiday from Montreal.

As I pulled out a fellow cyclist waved he must have thought I wasn’t going his way but I pulled in along side him when I crossed the state line and went to get a picture. It was William from Quebec returning home from Vancouver on bike he had been touring South East Asia and thought let’s see my country

  
When I got there he was actually dancing in the grass he was that pleased getting this far and I know how I felt

  
The prairies are not completely flat as there was a lot of what you would call moguls on the landscape which breaks it up a bit.  

 

We both pulled in  at Eaglecamping ground short of Maple Creek  but the pool and restaurant not open yet. It was clean had a nice shower but didn’t sleep that well especially as today is a long day to Swift Current. I’m now off in search of breakfast from somewhere up the rd. I’m sure William will catch me up and pass me as he is only 21 and is fast on his second hand bike. Well it was nice last night speaking to a fellow traveller. The flags are blowing in the wrong direction so could be a head wind coming up that’s all we need.

Bow Island to Medicine Hat  60 km Day 15

Got up feeling better and rested after yesterday’s journey. Made myself a nice breakfast with loads of fruit in my cereal and some tea and was then set for the day. 

As I left Bow Island was overcome with the smell of mint being grown and loads of fields being irrigated. I took it nice and slowly to begin with and snacked on harvest bars and grapes just to keep my food intake up as  I’m sure this has been my down fall.  

 Another look out on prairie

  
The area I’m travelling through

  
Time to stop for lunch at none other than Seven Persons yes that’s the name of the place. It isn’t very big but I saw the sign for premier sausages and coffee that was my que to get off the Hwy

It was lovely all sausages made on the premises and lovely shop where eveyone came in and spenttimeso I treated my self to large sausage with all the trimmings and lunch was sorted then back on the rd

  
My pew for lunch

Further up the road the sheriff went passed going the other way then a few minutes later he was heading my way with siren and flashers going. I thought I wasn’t speeding honest.

  
Nice Harley went over to have a word whilst he wrote out a ticket for the guy in the pickup which is off camera. Nice chap  allowed me to take a picture I’m sure the guy getting pulled over wasn’t so happy.

At about 2 pm I pulled into Medicine Hat armed with my hosts address  so navigated my way there.

  
My host tonight is Doug and Bonnie but Bonnie is away at the moment. What can I say what a host  he was great settled in no problems and felt better after a shower. The food was great and Doug even took me on a tour of The Hat as they call it and. Very interesting especially advised not to go in side of road as the grasses there have. Rattle snakes  and another Type which will bite but not deadly. Doug took me shopping later on to show me what I should be eating which was helpful. They host about 50 cyclist a year they had one in the night before and a French couple coming on Thursday. 

Tomorrow due to weather coming in been advised to head out to Maple creek which is 100km away but this seems to be the common distance between places.

So Doug will pack me off with a big breakfast more than I normal eat.

Lethbridge to Bow Island 115km day 14

Yesterday was  a struggle both physically and mentally for me. My host Kim had drawn me a map of how to get out of Lethbridge and was managing with people’s help to find a route but it wasn’t easy. Just at that point Kim rode up as she had a eye appointment so took me part of the way but I must confess to not being able to keep up with a fully laiden bike. As we said farewell I was still confused how to get across the rest of the town as bikes are not permitted on section of Hwy 3. All of a sudden Kim’s voice again wrong Monday for her appointment and she works out of town so off we went again till I finally popped out at Tim Hortons. 

I know I did the miles yesterday but my body should have been taken notice of and I should have pulled in for another breakfast of as a blueberry muffin wasn’t enough but on I ploughed. I went into Coaldale as I heard bakery was nice only to find the place closed I’m striking out to buy food that sometimes isnt good for you. On I pressed till Taber where I stopped for lunch and a large Mango smoothly but as it was only 1pm thought push on. BIG mistake as time went on and a slight head wind hit me ,my legs and me were not seeing eye to eye  a snickers bar and other various snacks did nothing it was mind over matter but when you are in the middle of no where no options came to mind. So headphones on music up high and pushed on till  The Silver  Sage came into sight at about 1830hrs as I booked a room was given the keys then went to ask for the password for the Internet she kindly told me I wouldn’t get any in that room now I was about to cry I can’t go with out Internet I need to contact home I said no no the room was no use. She must have taken piyty and placed me in another part of the building and Internet. I know I’m a grown up but my only vice on this trip is my calls and contact with my family. I know people are camping etc  and no doubt looking at the next part looks like I will as motels and warm showers are not to frequent so please bare with my mood swings.

What can I say about the prairies  well it’s been hot and dry sunburn yesterday also. Lots of squeaking  from the grasses at the side of the road and loads of those little prairie dogs either running for cover or dead on the road side. Sorry not to many photos taken yesterday due my struggle

  
How far I have to go

  
Massive plant in the middle of no where

  
More silos

  
More prairies. Today I’m going 60 km to Medicine Hat to stay with a another host and to re think my  length each day in the saddle to more manageable bite sizes as clearly not working what I’m doing at this time.

Blairmore to Lethbridge  day 13. 140km

The longest I have cycled in one day so far. I started today with the intentions of 91 km to Fort Macleod. I left at about 0930am and the sun was already out. Let me tell you it isn’t exactly true the prairies are flat  as I found out a few up and down areas on the rd. At first the wind was to the side  but veered to my back and pushed me steadily onwards  in fact highest speeds record on my trip so far was idling along at 35 kph with fully loaded bike unheard off so far but today things changed. The wind was strong and at one point looked at the gauge to find 50km recorded going down hill now that was scary with only Lycra to protect you if you fall!!!

I passed Franks slide which in 1903 killed about 70 plus people in a giant mudslide. 

  

  Scary to think of that coming down on the miners encampment.

As I cycled onward into Alberta I could see the Rockies start to fade in the distant.

  

  
As the day went on I found I reached Fort Macleod by  1pm and felt with the wind behind me and still loads of daylight didn’t want to call it a day and sit by myself. So onwards with a new cunning plan to get in touch with my warm shower host and ask if I could arrive a day earlier than planned.

So finding my phone not working I sent a e mail to them from Tim Hortons(local coffee chain free wi fi). So I pushed on to Lethridge another 50 km away hence 140 km today in sun and breeze. Plenty water and plenty sun screen used today.

I reached Lethbridge not knowing if e mail had been received a rough address from previous e mails and a phone number my mobile would not let me dial. So having no idea what to do I did the British thing in times of stress and went to another Tim Hortons for a cuppa tea to mull my options over.

 Checked  e mails no reply tried Home but couldn’t get through  so in the end went off in search of the address. I found the street but no number. So a lovely lady was doing her gardening I stopped her to ask if she had heard of my hosts “no was reply”. As we chatted she invited me in for a drink and to use her phone what a treasure she was even asked if I would like something to eat but I declined. The lady is off to Serbia and Europe next month. She wouldnt allow me to go with  out a hug God bless her super lady.

Kim my host told me his address and here I am in the basement glad of a shower good food and company but confess to being whacked. 

I have a map drawn by my host on how to get out of here so fingers crossed as I’m told it not very bike friendly in town. Tomorrow I’m going to take it easy and see where the rd takes me and try warm showers for Tuesday night in Medicine Hat if plans go alright.

Let’s hope for kind winds and sun tomorrow.
  
Some more pictures of the prairies

  
   
 

Fernie to Blairmore Day 12 70 km welcome to Alberta

Well after 2 nights in Fernie  a well earned break was had. I stayed in the Raging Elk hostel and was lucky to manage to bag a bed in a dorm all to myself with ensuite. It was end of the skiing season and summer visitors had not yet arrived so struck lucky. The place has lots of Aussies running it and chatting to one guy appears he comes from Kalbarrie in Western Australia a place my family and I have visited in the passed. It’s a small world. I took the chance whilst there to get Black Betty checked before my next leg.  The guys  I took my bike to were brilliant I asked them to check her over so a hour later all was  done, brakes adjusted (need them) and the gears slightly out of line with all the hill climbing now working very well. This all cost  28 dollars as I was leaving I asked if there was any where I could get my bike washed no probs he set up the hose and gave me all the cleaning gear I needed all for free note this British cycle shops. Thanks to guys at Straight Line brilliant job.

The town of Fernie is a nice ski resort town with lots more going on in the summer and biking is really big here as there is at least 3 bike shops. I could have spent a fortune but if you can’t carry it on your bike it’s a no no but liked looking. So no worries Pete I’ve not bought another bike!

  

View from my dorm  room

Today I left Fernie to go over the Crowsnest Pass into  Alberta. The day started with low cloud and colder than it has been in the passed days so jumper was required for the first 20 km then the sun came out.

  
  
Still I kept pushing on till Sparwood where I pulled in to see the largest truck in the world. Also near the supermarket to get something for lunch.

   
   

Blackbetty looks lost. 

As I was in shopping I over heard people talking about high winds thunderstorms and hail good god I thought I’m going through the pass. !!!!  Back on the bike and off I went still in sunshine wondering if it was going to hit me. All around the clouds got darker and thunder then lightning could be seen to my left. Onward and upward I went praying it wasn’t going to come my way please….

   
   Just passing Crowsnest

   
 

I made it and no rain so far.

  
Good bye British Columbia fantastic countryside great people love to return someday

   
  

Hello Alberta

  Made it couldn’t stop smiling and no rain 

As I came into Alberta the storm clouds headed towards me and I stopped to batten down clothes and put on wet weather gear as I went through Coleman it rained but luckily few miles up the rd was the turn off for Blaimore and into view came a Tim Hortons in I popped. First  time I used them but free wifi a nice cuppa and sat there waiting for rain to stop and looked up a cheap motel no way am I tenting in this. So the Lost lemon camp site will have to for go my pleasure tonight.

What can I say about the ride so far BC has been fantastic the people great also a few thanks.

To Randy Enomoto and his wife for the kindness and breakfast shared at Jerricho hostel

For my brilliant first warm showers host  Hilary and Peter in Hope thanks for all your help and kindness and your wealth of knowledge helped so much in my first few days so big thanks and hugs

Coral Cabins and the night there with the girls fab thanks for the food and drink and above all the company

To The Davis family original from Wales but run the Lakeview Motel in Osoyoos you made my days off there home from home thanks for the insect repellent brilliant stuff and big thanks Derrick for taking me up part of the hill on a very hot day cheers.

All of you in so many ways have made my trip special so goodbye British Columbia for now, hope to return one day.

My thoughts are so far on this trip that I was not sure if I would make it at some points along the way but dug deep and with help of you guys and especially my family at the other end of face time thanks guys

Let’s see what Alberta brings. 

Cranbrook to Fernie Day 11 -95 km  A day of contrasts

It started well cycling out of Cranbrook at about 9.15 am and felt good even though hadn’t had a lot to eat just cereal for breakfast. The shoulder was ok although kept  going from the nice smooth  shoulder to the lumpy stuff with lose small stones but not to bad. I seem to have found my rhythm and as I cycled was quite happy with myself. The mountains came into view from the off and it’s hard for pictures to do them justice. As I cycled along a red name made me stop and smile 

 

Just before Jafray the shoulder really did start to get on my nerves bumping about all over the place and unable to go on the rd due to the heavy trucks and only 2 lanes. When Jafray came into sight it was my que to stop for coffee at The First Perk coffee house and what a find lovely people and great food a Caesar wrap and coffee and a bowl of fruit salad sitting on a couch in heaven.

I knew the day was to good to be true. After lunch back onto the road and the wind started to pick up  straight into it. All you cyclist will know it’s something we hate pedaling with effort with little result on a bumpy surface. As I turned the corner I saw the hill into Elko going down hill almost stood still so going up was a struggle little did I know the fun was about to begin!!!

As I went down into Elko there really isn’t a lot happening but try as I may could get no speed up due to the wind.

At Elko it’s self it states that roadworks were to begin from there to the tunnel. Ok been through roadworks before I thought?

At the top of the hill wind blowing the roadworks came into view. No shoulder the road had been striped of surface and had ruts  all over and a 3 inch lip at the side and traffic building help!!!

  
To say it was scary was understating. There is also a drop on my side down to the river wind is blowing and dust everywhere. The nice traffic controller allowed me to go first but stated it does narrow 2 km down!  really!! that was the point the truck came passed and flattened one of the bollards, at this point my nerves were shattered. On I pressed to the next controller who stated just follow  behind it will not be as dusty but it’s hard to get speed when the road is churned up and the wind is in your face I had visions of the lot coming up meeting me half way down. When I got to the bottom I had to stop to compose myself it was defiantly not for the faint hearted.

On I pressed threw the tunnel and on to a better shoulder at last!!

  

The rest was okay coming into Fernie I have tried to capture the mountains but it is so difficult.

  
  
  
  
Coming into Fernie.

Well arrived at the youth hostel and greeted by a Aussie who tells me it’s the cheapest for a pint in the elk bar at the hostel than anywhere else in town  reassuring.I must admit tempting as it was my thoughts were for a hot shower to get the dust off me and a cup of tea!!! Old age I think. I’m sure if I was younger would have gone for the beer and to hell with anything else. I went out after my shower to look for the local shop  I stopped a girl on the corner who had a Canadian/ Scottish accent  asked where the shop was only to find she comes from Arbroath. Small world. Anyway shopping completed at the Overwaite (yes that’s the name) and back for tea. 

Here for 2 nights I’m sure it shall be entertaining have a room with 3 other beds in it none taken with ensuite cheap at the price. Signing off tired, clean and fed.

Creston to Cranbrook Day 10 – 106 km Warm and Wet

Thanks to the owners of the Creston  Valley Motel they were very welcoming and helpful and the bed was very comfy.

Started the day with call from home to check on things and speak to my lovely hubby who I miss. After that I was on the road by 0845hrs and felt good as I pulled out of town and down into the next valley to follow the goat river for a short while 

 

As you can see it was sunny and nice

I pedalled on with the thought of trying to pull in tonight half way between  Creston and Cranbrook I got to Yahk quite early on in the day and felt I didn’t wish to stop at lunchtime for the day. Also I was gutted to find two scoops Steve not open I mean how often do I pass his way. 

 

  
The valley I was cycling through and  entering Rocky Mountain District

  
The house next door to Steve not sure what it was about

  
See he does exist but not open for business on a Wed bummer.

  
  
I must admit Ella was interested to see what soaps he made and see if you have competition.

I pushed on  as the weather was nice and I still felt fresh in the legs. As I got to about 50 km.  I felt a few spots of rain and saw a dark clouds looming. I stopped put away my drying washing,and actually put on my wet  weather jacket and continued. Boy  did the heavens opened and I mean open it was bouncing off the road my feet soaked shorts soaked  and water running down my helmet. There was no place to pull over to shelter as there was ditch on my side then thick forest so on I pressed.  I dreaded when the trucks went by you got a double whammy it lasted about 10km and then the sun came out.

I continued on. Thinking I would call it a day at Moyie if I could see somewhere to pull in but there really is only a small shop there. I then saw a sign for Cranbrook. 31km so decision made for a bath and roof over my head took over. As I pulled into Cranbrook to try the hotel recommended by Hilary only to discover no room at the inn gutted for the second time today but further into Cranbrook have managed to secure a room not as nice as yesterday but beggars can’t be to choosy. Tonight there has been thunder so glad I’m under roof not in a tent.

I have been On the Internet  and see there is not a lot in between here and my next stop Fernie so have taken the desision  a tough one to put a long day in tomorrow 90km plus and reach Fernie in one day and have actually booked 2 nights in the Youth Hostel there, for some rest after 2 big days so looking forward to that. Do not snigger I’m a bonifide member of the youth hostel despite my years God knows what to expect as all I could get was a mixed dorm room so I hope my  fellow  travellers  will understand having  a granny amongst them.

Finally a picture of the Rockies as I came into town.

  
  
The big boys

Well must get my sleep and see what tomorrow brings also  the clocks went forward 1 hour as I entered the mountains.

Crawford Bay to Creston Day 9 Up and Down 79 km

Well today started with calls to my family which is always good, just to give them updates etc. I had a nice night in hotel caught up with my  blogs and e mails then checked where I was cycling today. I feel I’m now in a routine  of how I pack set up and start my day. 

It was cooler today with a breeze blowing off the lake. It was definitely up and down all day with the lake always in site on my right hand side. There was some stunning properties also some very run down shacks.

I then stopped at a place called Gray Creek at the general stores there as blackbettys saddle is squeaking like  anything so thought I’d ask for oil. They had everything and so much more old wooden floors it was like stepping back in time. The old boy then got out his clip board asking me to sign the book as I was crossing Canada and needed to register and could I send a e mail when I got across so I would mentioned in the news paper great eh! 

 

The runway at Crawford Bay very informal dog walking then shift when aircraft arrives

  
Looking down Kootney Lake

  
Entering  Gray Creek knew I was going to get along with the folks note the population. The next sign made me chuckle

  
From what I was the only one about

  
Me by the lake with the Salmo  summit that my route manages to avoid thank you

  
Pit stop at Destiny Bay needed fuel and very nice to. All made  by the lovely lady at the shop come cafe.

Wildlife today was more large deer and a woodpecker and another bald eagle.

  
Another view of the lake as I cycled on

   
 

The glass house surprisingly made mostly of glass quite impressive

  Sanca creek . 

Booked into another motel with lovely people so helpful blackbettys has her own rug in the room and the hotel has a dog called Steven who I would like to take with me will they notice? 
The owner and his wife have his and hers bikes. Maybe I should change mode of transport. 

 

Pretty cool!!!

  
Steven outside my room

There is another cyclist here from German he is also enroute to Cranbrook he is on holiday waiting to meet his brother then tour up to Banff and higher up then cycle back to Vancouver. He comes from near Munich and seemed nice he has also come my route today. 

I’m now looking at the route to Cranbrook tomorrow but 110km is to far I’ve been told to go to a place called Yahk and speak to Two scoop Steve he runs a ice palour and keeps goats on his roof they tell me you cant miss him he  as if I could  he might be able to assist with local knowledge of where to camp or motel further up should be interesting.

I’ll sign off hope you night owls (Kate) are enjoying my meanderings. Till the next time see you all and updated you on what 2 scoops Steve has to say tomorrow if I have wifi