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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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Jun 26, 2011 - Sault Ste Marie

Destination # 12: Sault Ste Marie, ON Mileage: 716 k (from Thunder Bay) Arrive: Sunday, June 26, 2011 Depart: Tuesday, June 28, 2011 • Sunday, June 26  Beautiful drive from Thunder Bay. For the majority of the drive we are following the shore line of Lake Superior. Amazing scenery, resort towns and huge numbers of other spectacular lakes (besides Lake Superior) and bays along the way. Some names just from memory: Jackfish Lake,Black Fox Lake, Dad Lake, Baby Lake, Pancake Lake, Rabbit Blanket Lake and countless others the names of which I...

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Canada & USA Journey

Jun 13, 2011 - Sault Ste. Marie

Another big push was necessary to get to Sault Ste. Marie in time to watch Game 6 of the NHL finals. I blazed through the melodious-sounding Obatanga and Wawa with barely time to sing their names. I can only go for an hour or so before I need to rest and stretch, so it is hard to hurry. Mostly I just have to make the day last longer (also not my best skill these days). I pulled into "The Sault" about 6:00 p.m. By the way, for those who don't know, the word Sault is French for "waterfall" (not to be confused with "Sioux", the colonialsts'...

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Jun 8, 2011 - Sault Ste Marie

Another late start, 6:50 wake-up, and after breakfast we found fuel and got on the road around 8:30. We drove the Trans Canada Highway from Arnprior and saw a lot of farmland, even a solar farm. Once we made it back to the highway we put a few hundred miles behind us by lunchtime. We had lunch at a wonderful picnic area, the kids got their bathing suits on and played in the water. They were so happy to be splashing around! We drove another few hundred miles in the afternoon through a few rainstorms and out into beautiful weather. We headed...

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Jul 21, 2010 - Uranium Country

The need for repair leads us to an interesting town Winnebago builds good motorhomes, but there are a few things they need to re-design. One of them is the door latch mechanism on the coach door. An interior lever has little leverage, and in trying to overcome a spring that is too stiff for it the lever wears until it fails. This is the third or fourth time ours has failed and the problem it causes is really annoying. You can get out of the coach but if the door is closed you can’t get back in without going through the cab - something that...

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2010 Race 2 Finish

Jul 17, 2010 - Back to Canada

Leaving Michigan, we stopped at the locks on the St. Mary River in Sault Ste. Marie and took a tour which takes you through the locks. It is really quite an impressive trip as the locks are so much bigger than most, allowing huge tankers and freighters to come from the eastern end of Lake Erie to the western end of Lake Superior. Actually going through the locks is not all that exciting, but the engineering and navigational skills required to make them work is. We arrived there just in time to get on the boat for the tour, and really...

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Jul 13, 2010 - Tuesday Sault Ste Marie, ON

Bob got up early and went to the golf course but all he did was hit the driving range and putting green. When he got back, we packed up drinks and snacks and headed out to drive around the northeast coast of Lake Superior. Our goal was to go as far as Lake Superior Provincial Park. Almost as soon as we got to the two lane road, we passed a big semi-tractor trailer and we believe he blew a tire – either that or someone was shooting at someone. Hope it wasn’t us. We’d been seeing signs for an Agawa Indian Gift Shop located in Pancake Bay, so...

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The Trip of 2010

Jul 12, 2010 - Monday Sault Ste Marie, ON

Bob dropped Barb off at a nails salon and went on to explore Sault Ste Marie. He discovered postcards cost $1 to send to the states. There might be less postcards going home. Two hours later he picked her up and back to the RV to have lunch and pick up Darby. Back to Sault Ste Marie to visit the old Soo Locks and take a long walk along a trail near the International Bridge. Darby discovered ducks and geese and the geese discovered that hissing kept Bob and Barb at a distance. We returned to the KOA and Barb and Darby went to the small dog...

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The Trip of 2010

Jul 12, 2010 - Our third visit to Sault Ste.Marie

In our six years of travelling in North America we had visited Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario three times so we had covered most of the tourist attractions in the area. Our morning was spent taking Jenny for walk along the excellent waterfront boardwalk exploring once again the Sault Ste Marie Canal National Historic Site. Unfortunately this time the lock was being repaired so there were no small boats going through. It was a pleasant walk all the same. After returning Jenny to the coach we headed to the one attraction we had not visited- The...

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Jul 11, 2010 - Sunday Sault Ste Marie, ON

Our drive to the border was uneventful. We had a bit of wait on the bridge as the cars crept through the border check. The lady asked us a few questions and waved us through. Maybe we should have kept the 2 beers we gave away to get us under the liquor import limit. Our total mileage from Jax to the border was 2,390 miles. Bob checked the mileage from Jax to the border driving on I-10 and I-75 and we could have made it in 1,300 miles. Apparently our RV doesn’t stay in a straight line or on interstates very well. We drove through Sault Ste...

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The Trip of 2010

Jul 5, 2010 - at Sault Ste Marie, ON; 9/78

Today we started at 50158 miles and ended at 501721 miles for a total today of 14 miles. We just drove to the train, out to dinner, and back. As usual, I am about out of fuel. I am trying to get bach to the US. I'll get fuel tomorrow morning. Today we took the Canadian Central "Algoma" train ride. It was 114 miles up and it was good. Kids would probably get bored, as it is 4hours up and 4 hours back, with a 1.5 hour layover.

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