Day 37 Terrace Bay to White Lake - HALFWAY
30 Jul 2006
|Day 37 Terrace Bay to White lake - Halfway !!!!
159 kms 24.5 kph time 6 hrs 30 min planned 157kms total time 8 hrs
Another cool morning about 12 degrees - after the cool Lake wind yesterday I put on my biking shoes for the first time since Victoria . Late start this morning - we were gallery crew (porridge for the long & hilly ride today) and therefore did cleanup and were last ones out at about 830.
Another morning of great scenery lots more lakes - & with very little wind - beautiful lakes -at the top of the hills there were a surprising number of lakes - all with high water levels - we assumed the lakes were spring fed from the faults in the rock formations -
, scenes of Lake Superior
and rivers feeding the lake
. In the morning we climbed almost 1200 meters - over a dozen more "ugly" hills .
By the time we had reached 100kms - we were officially halfway on our trek across Canada. We stopped at the town of Marathon
(also the hometown of Kris Wirtz Canadian Pairs figure skating champion
) , where Meagan had set up lunch for as at Pebble beach
. It was complete with welcome sing & balloons
. A great lunch of cheese, tomatoes etc sandwiches, drinks, ice cream cones and liquorish.. A great change from the regular B&J.
By now we had passed most of the group and got caught up to everyone else. After lunch we headed out with our four man drafting train of me, Jim, John & Peter. Along the way we saw a few iron ore mines ( a panorama of Algoma Mine
. Interesting side road was the "Yellow Brick Road "
- this was the entrance to the Hemlo Gold mines , on of the riches in the world . The road to the Battle Mountain mine is so named because the contractor mistakenly used gold ore instead of gravel to make the road.
Another interesting town , well of the hwy, but advertised on the highway is Manitouwadge
, promoting their adventure area and offering a draw for a free house !!!
We caught a bit of a tail wind 7 drafted along at 32-35kph over relatively flatter land until we reached white Lake Camp site - another Ontario Provincial Park - there are several very nice Provincial Parks along this relatively low populated area of the Trans Canada highway.
A long hard day (about 160 km) , a late supper , and early to bed...