A short ride that seemed to take forever
Trip Start Sep 05, 2010
11Trip End Sep 14, 2010
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Where I stayed
The Coach House Motel
So far this has been the most remote leg of our trip. Only one small town approx. every 50 miles. No rest areas or stops. Just a lot of road signs warning about moose. So far, no moose sightings.
About 1 PM we came to the small town of Marathon, stopped in visitor's center which doubles as a ski lodge in the winter. We were able to eat our lunch there, warm up, and talk with the couple who were serving as hosts. They were very interesting, the wife was the longest living resident in Marathon. We learned that the economy in these northern Canadian communities are quite depressed. They were hit hard by the recession and have not recovered. Terrace Bay is a very depressed area due to the closure of the local paper mills. There is a large gold mining operation in Marathon (between Wawa
and Terrace Bay) but they haven't hired many of the laid off workers.
In the afternoon we stopped at Aquasabon Falls which were 'OK'. Like I said before we
have a benchmark to measure all falls with now - the Sand River Falls.
Our hotel was sufficient. It was very clean and the owners are very congenial. They also have a small cafe there where they serve supper and breakfast. We ate supper in town but had breakfast and conversation in the cafe. We were the only guests and they said that due to the economy business is down by more than half.
On to Grand Marais and the USA!