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Jul 16, 2013 - Thunder Bay (ON) to Nipigon (ON)

We had an all-you-can-eat breakfast at the Lakehead University cafeteria at 7:00 am. My friend Jean had invited me to visit the family's cottage on Lake Superior, so I left as soon as I could, which was about 7:45 am. The day started with heavy fog and the condensation kept misting up my glasses, making visibility even worse. The recommended route had us travelling along Lakeshore Road (old Trans-Canada Highway) for the first 30 km. I was disappointed not to be able to see the Lake. Cross streets named "xxx Beach Road" and "Lakeview Cres."...

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Jul 27, 2012 - Nipigon

Tout au long de la route, on arrête à différents endroits pour apprécier les paysages. Avant la frontière canadienne, nous visitons l'historique poste de traite Grand Portage. C'est à cet endroit que les Montrealers venaient dans les grands canots pour échanger différents articles pour des fourrures qu'ils ramenaient à Montréal. Imaginez traverser les grands lacs en canot, il fallait le faire. La traversée des douanes se fait facilement sans problème, ni questionnement excessif et surprise, le douanier était sympathique. Le premier plein...

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Jul 24, 2012 - Nipigon

Day Thirty Four – July 24 Nipigon 114k It was another hot night in residence. I have a temperature gauge on my alarm. It seems a strange combination but I’m using it. The gauge was reading 30.3 degrees when I went to bed. I turned on the fan when I turned down the covers and left it blowing till 2am. The temperature was still 30.3 degrees in the room. When I got up at 6am it was reading 28.4 degrees. The window opens a measly 3 inches. There is no ventilation in the building. The corridors are not pressurized. How can air move around? This...

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Checking the ditches

Jun 18, 2012 - Central Canada

So we've started the run for home, with a planned stopover in Ottawa. The drive across Manitoba was mostly farmland, until we got to the Eastern side of the Province. Suddenly, we started to climb out of the prairie and into conifer forests and a region with beautiful lakes. There were some fun looking little resort towns here, with tourists everywhere. Felt like I was back in Bar Harbor for awhile. The lakes are large, clean, and forested, often with a granite backdrop. Very nice. Boats are everywhere and we saw our first sailboats under...

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Maine Bound

Jul 31, 2011 - Nipigon, Ontario

Today we followed the two couples we meet in the campground that are professional blueberry pickers to a spot about 3 miles from the spot we picked yesterday. The berries were bigger, the berry plants thicker, and much easier to pick than those we picked yesterday. Marge picked one three liter basket full and Ross picked two three liter baskets full. We now have a large stash of berries, both frozen and fresh that should keep both of us supplied with blueberries for some time. Marge and Ross picked for a little over two hours and the couple...

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Jul 30, 2011 - Nipigon, Ontario

We arrived in Nipigon around 1100 and we found an RV park with 50 amp electrical service just as you enter the town of Nipigon and they could accommodate us for the entire weekend, so we signed up for three nights and we will depart on Monday. Nipigon is having it's Blueberry Festival which began on Friday and runs through Monday. We obtained the brochures and after getting setup we headed for town to see what we could expect. We bought our Blueberry pins and with those pins we gain entry into all of the festival events. Friday evening they...

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Jul 26, 2011 - Nipigon

July 26 – Day 34 – Thunder Bay – Nipigon K’s 118 k Time 4h 53m Average speed: 24.22 k/H T to d 3516 k Today was a super ride. Terri was at her strongest for the tour and even with some pretty good Canadian Shield hills we still made excellent time to Nipigon. The hills here are granite rock that has to be gone through, over or around and the grades run up to about 7%. We had a couple of these but they were short and just teasers for what was to come the next day. When we got to camp, which was a real well run camp, the store had great...

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Jul 24, 2008 - 34 Nipigon

This update and all the updates up to 39 Goulais River comes from a campground with a single internet dial up connection so the photos will have to come later :-( This day was a bit of a trip down memory lane. We were cycling to Nipigon, a relatively short day at 112km, but I added 40km by taking a side trip to Cameron Falls where I had lived when I was 7 to 10 and again when I was 14 and 15 years old. All the houses were moved out or demolished some time ago. And apparently after an accident at another installation, Ontario Power...

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Jul 22, 2007 - Dryden to Nipigon, Ontario

Next weekend in Dryden is a big fishing derby which is part of the "Professional Walleye Trail." The television crew from the show "In-Fisherman" was in town as well as some of the competitors. The boats are as fancy as it gets and the fishermen are dressed like NASCAR drivers. I had no idea fishing had become such a "Big Money" sport but these guys are evidently very well sponsered. The weather forecast was "hot" so we left Dryden by 8:00 AM (a new record for us) and headed down the Transcanada once again. Perhaps it was the time or the...

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Jun 6, 2007 - Ouimet Canyon, Bears and Amethyst

We travelled further along the Trans Canada Highway on a glorious day stopping at Nipigon for two nights on the shores of Lake Superior. The next day we explored the Ouimet Canyon Provincial Park. The Canyon was formed during the last ice age, when a sheet of ice 2km thick crept southward, bulldozing a canyon 3km(1.9miles) long, 152 meters (500feet) across. The distance from the top of the canyon to the floor is 107 meters (350feet) but the plant life is 1,000km! The plant communities of Ouimet Canyon change from boreal or northern forest...

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Jul 28, 2006 - Day 35 Thunder Bay to Nipigon

Day 35 Thunder Bay to Nipigon 109.72 km 25.1 kph 4 hrs 21 min total time 5 hr 45 min plan dist 109 km Another nice day - 7 am temperature about 18 degrees - to high of about 26 degrees - humidity continues. Lots of commotion this morning - getting laundry and other stuff back to the truck and loaded and then breakfast for 27 in the townhouse. First time we were able to get real toast ( it is the small things that you appreciate) . It has been very hot & humid the last two nights - the residence rooms were not well ventilated and most...

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Jul 29, 2005 - Thunder Bay to Nipigon - 113km

6am and the party's over. Despite a preceding rest day and the luxury of a dormitory, Leigh and I had one of the worst night's sleeps of the trip. Deliriously tired, we heaved our possessions back to the truck and rushed to the central townhouse to help prepare breakfast. We finally left campus on our bikes with Nathan at 10am. None of us were terribly motivated today, despite the scenery of Lake Superior's north shore, the lake's ocean-like presence. We dawdled, taking frequent breaks, including lunch and an ice cream cone at one of the...

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