|Day 30 Kenora to Caliper Lake
DISTANCE TRAVELLED 127 km RUNNING TIME 5 hrs 08 mins
AVERAGE SPEED 24.8 km/hr
DISTANCE PLANNED 127 KMS TOTAL TIME 6 hrs 15 mins
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Another nice day - sunny & high of about 26 degrees.
Followed hwy 17 out of Kenora then headed south along hwy 71 - Hwy 17 east is very busy and has no paved shoulder. Nice shoulder on 71 & very little traffic.
Different kind of bug coming out of Kenora
The area has lots of lakes
- in fact we followed Lake of the Woods for most of the day & of course with the Shield & lakes - lots of rolling hills - however these are easier to bike in that they are shorter in distance and we now rate the hills as 10 , 15 , 20 or 25 - referring to the speed that we go going up them - 10 still brutal - others ok . They are easier biking than the windy prairies when you have to constantly push , especially when you are battling a head wind - it is like playing hockey and having no spares on the bench - NO break unless between periods (lunch break) or for a goal of whistle ( refreshment break) . With these hills you feel like there are several spares on the bench - going up the hill is a short shift of 1 to 1 ½ minutes then you change with a spare for a break ( as you coast down the other side of the hill) - then you go again - really quite enjoyable ride , especially when you are drafting.
Lots of resorts along the route - this area it is either cottage country or hunting & fishing lodges
We passed through Sioux Narrows , which until earlier this summer had the longest single span wooden bridge in North America. However when we passed through the old bridge is gone replaced with a temporary medium girder type bridge ( triple double center span and single double on the approaches) and they are building a new bridge -
apparently thy saved the old timber & will be trying to recreate the old bridge - tourist attraction) .
More beautiful lakes along the route
Stayed at Caliper Lake Provincial Park for the night . Very nice campsite - the staff were extremely helpful - filled up our water jugs for us and even went the 1km to the office to get us bags of ice for our refreshments - & did not charge us for the ice - just happy to see someone using the park .. Nice beach enjoyed by most.
For some it was a long day