Bicycle Around Lake Superior!
Day 8: Ontario Canada; Wawa to Terrace Bay Sept 3; 110 miles +
All along the road side around Wawa and North were little stacks of stones, many shaped like a man; they were called Inukshuks. It is told that in the Arctic, the Inukshuk are signposts marking the safe routes for those who follow. "They stand as eternal symbols of the importance of friendship." my postcard of an Inukshuk said.
We encountered some rain this day and ended up driving past the rain since it is too dangerous to ride road bikes in the rain; not only are these narrow, smooth tires slippery, but the road bike's friction brakes do not work in the rain! Much of the 110 miles from Wawa to Marathon is on a road so far from the Lake thru that section of Canada anyway we rationalized.
It was very windy when we got on our bikes near Marathon and the roadways were on very high embankments so when big trucks went by, it felt as if we were lifted right off our bikes to be flung down the steep ravine! Very scary. In this section, we found a fellow bike traveler, Jeffrey, who was about 20 years old from Timmins, Ont. He was planning on riding his bike from Wawa to Thunder Bay where he was going to spend a few days with friends then bike back. But he was carrying a huge, tall back pack which must have held all his food, clothing and camping gear and had a loaf of bread tied to the outside of big pack. We saw that every time a big truck went by him, it nearly ripped that back pack right off his back! He was going great but eventually got quite tired out and said he was going to turn around after tenting the night in Terrace Bay. We didn't see this happy adventuresome soul after that so don't know what he decided to do after he rested up for the night. Hope he got panniers (bicycle bags that hang off a rear wheel rack and sometimes also off the front wheel) for his trip home rather than carry all that shifting weight on his back.
We spent our eighth night in Terrace Bay at the Red Dog Inn.