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Jun 15, 2013 - Day 9/10 Sault Ste. Marie

At White River took picture of Winnie-the-Pooh's statue. Also stopped in Wawa and took pictures of the Canada Goose. Drove into High Falls on Magpie River gravel road. Stayed at Ojibway campground (Garden River)for two nights. In Sault Ste Marie we toured Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre. Took pictures of bear statues fishing at Roberta Bondar Pavilion and Marina. Toured the Canal National Historic Site.

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Cross Canada Trip

Jun 14, 2013 - Day 31 : Sault - day exploring the town

What an interesting and attractive well-kept town. Right on the connection between Lakes Huron and Superior, connected by white water rapids so the early settlers couldn't navigate between the two lakes. Such a hugely important international trade link they quickly created the Soo locks to allow freighters to pass between the two lakes. Just a short hop along from Whitefish Bay - as immortalised in Gordon Lightfoot's 'Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald' song (which starts to take on much more meaning when you have actually seen the scale of...

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Jun 13, 2013 - Day 30 : Sault Ste Marie

A bit of a milestone today - one full calendar month on the road and still alive to tell the tale. Nancy not feeling well overnight - seems like a return of the 'curry infection' from 3/4 days ago. No other explanation as we have been all eating the same things together otherwise. A day for recharging batteries, putting feet up and taking it easy. May sample the swimming pool - looks inviting and feels warm(ish) (at least all fingers still attached after dip sampling last evening). Currently seems to be 'raining' tiny white caterpillars...

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Jun 12, 2013 - Day 29 : Sturgeon Falls to Saulte St Marie

Beautiful drive further west to Sault St Marie, still sticking to Highway 17. Delightful road with lovely scenery and very easy driving - lush green and mixed woodlands either side. For most of the day Lake Huron or it's tributary rivers on our left, the only frustration being it was lined with trees so, though we knew it was there, we only saw the briefest of glimpses when there was a tiny break in the tree-line. When we did ... yet again wowed by the size of the great lakes (surprised they didn't name these 'seas'). Surprised initially...

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Aug 30, 2012 - Locks to do

Sault Ste. Marie, ON. We are in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. After a nice walk along the St. Mary’s River in front of our hotel, it was our intention to cross the International Bridge into Sault St. Marie, Michigan to do a 10 am boat tour. The boat dock was across the river almost exactly opposite our hotel. We did, indeed, cross the International Bridge – but it took us 42 minutes to get across the 2.8-mile span. Traffic was backed up more than half way across the bridge. What a nightmare! According to the Canadian Customs Officer, it is...

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Aug 29, 2012 - A bear and a goose

Sault Ste Marie, ON. Today we drove 275 miles. That is huge for us but was necessitated by the fact that there is nothing between Marathon and Sault Ste Marie. We went through only 3 small towns. They had no accommodations for us so we had to just grit our teeth and drive forever! However, even small towns have their claim to fame. The little town of White River, population 670, has an interesting story. During WWI, troops were being transported to eastern Canada, on their way to Europe. When the train stopped at White River, a lieutenant...

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Aug 5, 2012 - Day 21 - Marathon to Sault Ste Marie

Still cloudy and rainy this morning but were on the road before 10 am. We picked up lunch, groceries and fuel at Wawa. This town appears to be dying, a lot of closed businesses. Fuel pice was better though at $1.189. We arrived at Sunset Shores Campground west of the Soo on Batchawana Bay after 4 pm and the sun came out as we arrived. Lovely sites but mostly permanent residents and advertised Wifi existed only at office in the morning. Still too many trees for TV.

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The Wandering Nunns

Jul 30, 2012 - Sault Ste Marie rest day

Day forty – rest day-July 30 Sault Ste Marie We are in a campground on the eastern edge of Sault Ste Marie. The closest Tim Horton’s is six kilometers back to the west. I’ll go there for lunch; not breakfast. For breakfast I scrounged through the truck and picked at what had already been put out by last night’s supper crew. I had a bowl of cereal and a couple of oranges and a cup of instant coffee (Via). It is about 8:30 when I get done so I made another cup of Starbuck’s coffee to take to my camp table to start working on the trip journal...

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Checking the ditches

Jul 29, 2012 - Sault Ste Marie

Day Thirty Nine – July 29 Sault Ste Marie 90k Today would be an easy day. But then yesterday was to be an easy day and see what happened. I’m not taking anything for granted anymore; not even a 90k day. I did take my time getting ready for the ride. The 90k would be done in about 4 hours. I had no place in Sault Ste Marie that I needed to get to; besides it was Sunday. I got up at 6am and make myself an instant coffee using the Starbucks Via. There were pancakes for breakfast and Kendra was making them. I found a stash of oranges in the...

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Checking the ditches

Jul 28, 2012 - Sault-Ste-Marie

On a continué de faire le tour du lac Supérieur avec de beaux points de vue, des longues plages de sable blond et une eau cristalline. On s'est rendu jusqu'à Sault-Ste-Marie où, en soirée, on a visité le site historique de l'écluse qui fait partie de Parc Canada. Aujourd'hui, ça ne sert que pour les bateaux de plaisance car les bateaux de marine marchande passe dans les écluses américaines. A notre arrivée, l'opérateur de l'écluse était encore présent et il nous a expliqué l'historique et le fonctionnement. Les jardins sont bien aménagés et...

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Aug 1, 2011 - Sault Ste Marie - Rest Day and fun stuff

August 1 – Day 40 Rest Day at the SOO The camp notes said there was a laundry facility on site but we found that it was about 1 k to the gate and another to the offsite facility. So at 6:30 am I gathered up the laundry with bag on the handle bars headed for this facility. I like the morning and I knew that a lot of our group had laundry to do so wanted to get there when it opened and not have to wait in line. That work fine and to a Husky truck stop for a late breakfast and back to camp for bike cleaning and some minor adjustments. Then...

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Jul 31, 2011 - Sault Ste. Marie

July 31 – Day 39 Sault Ste. Marie K’s 98.32 k Time 4h 20m Average speed: 22.67k/H T to d 4167k Great ride today, but still a bit of a good burn as we still had some significant hills to climb including one they call the “mile high” hill. Everyone warned us that it was tough but I guess after 4100 plus k’s it seemed to be just another hill to us. It had some short sections in the 1.4 k climb that hit a 7% grade but most of the climb was 5 & 6 % stuff which we have had plenty of. Once over that climb it was pretty flat to Sault Ste. Marie...

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