Montreal traffic and the wettest ride yet...

Trip Start Aug 01, 2010
Trip End Aug 29, 2010

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Sunday, August 8, 2010

First stop this morning was Montreal to meet up with our escorts, representatives of Military Police, Montreal Police and the SQ - we have to thank and congratulate them in their amazing ability to keep all thirty bikes along with Bertha our tour bus and "little Bertha",which is the truck being driven today by Smoker pulling a trailer, and the vehicle and trailer driven by Jamie our event manager, all together, through the entire stretch of the Montreal traffic-packed highways leading to the base.  We met construction along the way, irate Montreal drivers but somehow we all managed to travel the entire way together.  Good job.

Stopped at Longue-Pointe base for a bbq, met up with some new riders who wanted to ride into Ottawa with us and home again today.. by the end of the day we had convinced them to come back on Thursday and join us in Kingston.

Next stop was Hawkesbury where we were joined by more bikers and then a stop at MacEwen's Gas in Hawkesbury to meet and thank Ian McLean, Marketing and Site Development Manager for their generous donation of all gas purchased by the tour support vehicles while travelling in Ontario.

After leaving Hawkesbury we hit torrential rain and found ourselves huddled under a rooftop at another MacEwen gas bar in Clarence Creek waiting for the downpour to subside.  Had a few laughs though and finally set out again to head towards the Aviation Museum in Ottawa.  By the time we got to Ottawa we were pretty drenched.  Met by a bunch of supporters and then we lined up for the ride downtown to the National War Memorial where we had a moment of silence and placed poppies on the tomb of the unknown soldier.  It was still pouring but suddenly the weather seemed to be very fitting.

Today we said goodbye to some great people who are not continuing on the rest of the  tour, although they would all like to....  Sandy, who lives in Ottawa, tooted off on her single cylinder Savage which has served her amazingly well as she has ridden with us from St. John's to Ottawa.  We also said goodbye to Raj who we have named "rocket man Raj".  He has been the guy who has managed to see more than anyone else on the tour, trecking off to Grose Morne, Cabot Trail, the Gaspe and even today when were stuck in traffic in Montreal, he decided to take an earlier exit and ended up at the base before us.  He wanted to enjoy every minute of riding, and he did.

We also said goodbye to Dan from Ottawa, the rider of the big black Goldwing.  Great sense of humour - and a unique case of "helmet head".

Finally, we said so long to Dorothy, who will be rejoining us in Calgary.  She is the "girlfriend" of  her husband Dennis and she rode with him along with son Derek.  Dennis' brother will also be joining us later in the ride.

A great bunch of people. And yes Sandy, there will be an after party. I hope you enjoyed your hot tub tonight.

Tomorrow is a service day for bikes and those people from out of town will enjoy sight seeing in our nation's capital while the people who live in Ottawa, if they are like me, will be doing laundry and catching up with their kids.

One third down - two thirds to go.  Safe riding.

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