"Cats and Dogs" , funnel clouds and rainbows

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

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Flag of Canada  , Ontario,
Saturday, August 14, 2010

First stop today was a whistlestop at Mark's in Sudbury.  Ride up from North Bay was quite blustery with dark and gloomy skies.  Nevertheless weather held out and we had a crowd watching in Sudbury.  Next stop was the Harley Davidson dealership in Sudbury, where we were hosted for a great bbq of locally made sausages.  Then the skies opened, cats and dogs---   and riders waited it out before setting off to the Sault.

On the way to the Sault we of course had to stop for a photo op at the big Nickel.  Passed some Amish people along the way with their horse and buggy, selling locally grown fruit. Quite a contradictory picture, them in their simple clothes and non-machine run transportation, with forty bikers in leather zooming past them on their loud machines.  After that we saw this huge black funnel cloud on one side of the sky and the rain came pelting down again, for a few minutes, followed by a rainbow on the other side...could see the entire thing, just could not quite see the pot of gold.

Big Bertha stopped at one point along the highway and Paige got out and was at the back at the trailer and some guy pulled over to tell her he thought it was cool what we are doing, and in fact he had lost his dad to prostate cancer and he was supposed to get checked every six months himself, but... well, sometimes didnt get around to it.  Paige gave him the "get it checked" speech and then managed to sell him a jar of our "iron arse" bbq sauce, literally off the back of the trailer.

We made it safely to Sault Ste. Marie and crew and most of our riders congregated for dinner at a local restaurant,  North 82. 

Great ride today, seeing some really different terrain.  Caught glimpses of Lake Nippising and then Lake Huron, great scenery, along with the black rocks of Sudbury.

Tomorrow ... we ride again.  To Marathon.  Wow. Ontario is a huge province. 
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Frank Townson on

Well you're in God's country now. i was born and raised up there and can certainly identify with your description of the glorious scenery (and friendly, down-to-earth people). I really enjoyed my 5 days with the Tour, starting with the rain -soaked visit to the National War Memorial/Cenotaph and ending with an awesome welcome at CFB Borden and Glass Tiger concert following the HoH ride. Also had a great ride back to Ottawa through Algonquin Park with Peter H., Mike P. and Mike's brother-in-law (also Mike). Saw one coyote (or wolf - we're not sure and didn't stick around to find out). BTW, on behalf of General Hillier and myself, please advise Byron that the Maple Leafs have won 11 Stanley Cups to the 10 won by the Ottawa Senators. The Toronto St Pats, Toronto Arenas and Toronto Blueshirts also won Stanley Cups. Teams from Montreal, however, including Les Canadiens of course, far out-distance all others in terms of Cup wins.

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