Day21 Sunday, August 19 - Sault Ste Marie, MI to T

Trip Start Jul 30, 2007
Trip End Aug 20, 2007

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Sunday, August 19, 2007

Day21 Sunday, August 19 - Sault Ste Marie, MI to Toledo, OH
Miles: 417

-We Did See Colors Change. Yes, We Did!
-Just under 3 Months Might be Our Limit.

-The Haliburton Shippers of Their Day Made a Sweet Deal on the Soo Locks
-Beautiful and Reliable Water Transportation
-Back on the Road

We Did See Colors Change. Yes, We Did!

We are going to complete the Sault Ste Marie to Bangor leg some time in the future, probably during the ascendance of fall colors.

We saw more colors peeking through the green - promises of Trix puff balls dotting the mountainsides in the very near future.

Just under 3 Months Might be Our Limit.
So much for Canada.
Neither of us thought we'd be on the road this long - over 70 days and 10,000 miles.

Sunday morning we started talking about Sudbury's Science Center as a possible visit spot and the enthusiasm was missing.

We looked at some of the places down the road - Canada's choice wildness spots near Mattawa and didn't warm up to hiking.

Now you know something's wrong when we aren't jumping out of bed an hour early so we don't miss a hike.

It is time to go home. 
We will return home by way of Rory's hometown in PA. 
Rory's going to pop back to Orlando for a Wekiva Friends planning meeting and pop right back up.

We may stay with his Mother until as late as Labor Day. Whenever we head south from PA we hope to stop at Chere's sister's in Virgina for a night if they'll have us.
We can use some of the time in PA to plan for our Moab canoe trip at the end of September.

-We'll also do some yard work, paint-up, fix-up filial duty stuff.

-We'll tackle our "Missing Logs" from:
-- the California Baseboard Adventures,
-- the Pacific Coast Adventures, and
-- the Perfect 2Week Getaway From the Heat Fantasy Trip that we devised while doing the Pacific Coast. (A kind of now-that-we-know-what-we-know, here's-what-we'd-do-next-time.)

The Haliburton Shippers of Their Day Made a Sweet Deal on the Soo Locks

This morning we went into Sault Ste Marie for blueberry pancake breakfast at the Lock View restaurant right across from the visitor center. The blueberries were still big and tangy.
We visited the SOO Locks and watched a boat go through the locks.
Lake S is 20 ft higher than Lake H. It took less then 30min. Maybe less than 20min.
Prior to the locks, the St. Mary's River mile wide falls required a portage of all goods going down the river.

Once the government took over the locks, new locks were built at your and our expense to make the passage between Lakes Superior and Huron navigable.
Everytime the commercial shippers decided to make bigger ships, the government (we) built them new locks - for free!

And no fees have ever been collected to reimburse the government for this multi-million dollar commercial service.

It wasn't new then. It isn't new now.

The Army Corps of Engineers exhibits were non-linear. 
Actually, though full of content, there was no apparent coordination in the layout of the material. 
That is to say, confusing in their presentation.

Beautiful and Reliable Water Transportation
One of the more interesting items on display was a recently constructed birch bark canoe.

The trick is getting it out the door and onto the roof racks without alerting homeland security.

Back on the Interstates
We spent the rest of the day heading south on I-75. 
Heavy traffic on the minus side, constant cell phone reception on the plus side.

So we did get to cross the Mackinac Bridge. Pretty darn high. 
This journey was pleasantly uneventful. 
We did a poor job of manifesting a coffee shack but we did somehow manage to find strong coffee and pasties on the way.
We would never have picked the Super 8 at exit 1B on I-280 for its curb appeal. 
We found it in the AAA tour book and the price was right. 
Our room is pretty darn good so we sleep well tonight.
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