Ahhh...memories of the east coast!

Trip Start May 17, 2010
Trip End Sep 01, 2010

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Friday, July 23, 2010

Well, we did make it out to Raleigh Falls last night, about 22 km west of Ignace, after enjoying a delicious cheesburger & fries.  I guess we ate a bit too slow because by the time we took off it looked like rain...and then felt like rain.  It was exactly the conditions we'd been trying to avoid on the TC but we were committed now so we just kept on truckin'!  I'm glad we went though because it turned out to be a beautiful little rest area and had it been nicer, there was a perfect spot at the falls we could have showered at.  As it was, we were wet and quickly set up tent and climbed in and fell asleep shortly thereafter.  We were tired as it was another 130km day.  But it does feel neat to say we cycled 130km!

The last couple of days have been somewhat uneventful.  The most exciting thing seems to have been meeting Barry & Jenn!  Which, again, was just fantastic.  It's funny to think waaay back to the start of the trip when Garth & June offered us a place to stay after taking care of Shasta and we were to shy to accept.  Well, Garth & June, if you have any friends out this way we'll gladly and eagerly take that offer now!  We don't mind!  Again, the kindness of strangers constantly overwhelms us and we can't wait to repay the favours to others in the future.  Our list is just getting so long of people that I'll need to email and send cards to when this trip ends - and we love it.

We are still meeting people that are cycling the country, which surprises us as it means they must be moving!  We met a group of 3 guys yesterday who left Vancouver 28 days ago!  28!  Wow...way to quick for us.  We also met a cool couple, Grant & Jen, who are doing the trip but also promoting their documentary that they filmed.  It sounds like a neat thing to see and I hope to see it when they do their BC tour in the fall.  Right now, you can check out their schedule and the trailer (it looks entertaining, that's for sure!) at: www.cleanbinmovie.com.

The road has flattened out which is quite nice.  There are still some hills but nothing too major and we know it will just keep getting flatter!  Only thing is, the wind has definitley picked up.  Wow, we had a major head wind today.  We had wanted to get to Vermillion Bay tonight and then Kenora tomorrow but we are just dead after the 80km ride and will take a 1/2 day to Vermillion and then do the Kenora trek.  We probalby could do Dryden to Kenora in one day but it is about 130km and it's just not a good idea for us.  There's nothing in between for water and our bodies are asking us for a rest.  So that's the plan for the next couple of days!  Then it's only about 50km to the MB border after Kenora!  Crazy!  And we've (almost certainly!) decided that we'll be doing Hwy #3 through BC so that will keep us on the southern part of MB, SK, and AB.  But, as you know if you've been following, we've changed our plans a 1,000,001 times.

Oh, and guess what!  We've now cycled 4000km! :)  Pretty big deal we think.  Approx 3000 more to go!

*I'll have to upload pics at another time*
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Mom C. on

It is a BIG deal...absolutely amazing, 4000 Kms. Sorry I don't know anyone in Wpg. to help out but I'm sure some amazing person will come forward for you. So southern Alb. means Not Edmonton I assume...ahh too bad as beds there for sure.

Sarah F on

I love reading your stories! Keep them coming!

Sharon on

You guys are awesome! 4000kms!!!! WOW!!! We are heading to Sask for a couple of weeks. We hope to meet up with you guys. I'll check your posts to see if you guys are heading our way at all. I really hope we can 'bump' into each other!
Take care,

Mom K. on

Congratulations! You're more than half way there and that is a major notch on your belt. And you'll soon be through Ontario, which honestly is equal to at least 2 provinces in distance traveled. Amazing what you've accomplished already - not only are you going to have a LOT of awesome pictures, you're going to have some amazing memories of the places you've been and the people you've met who have added so much to your travels. Aren't people great!

Enjoy the flatter land and I'll keep my fingers crossed for you for gentler headwinds. Keep safe and happy trails to you!

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