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Sep 6, 2014 - Thunder Bay plus

On Sat morning we pulled out of Sault Ste Marie for our trip around Lake Superior to Thunder Bay. It is a long drive and we will stop somewhere along the way. We have been told that this stretch of the trip is the most boring. Anyone who says that did the stretch with their eyes closed. It is beautiful! Going north we followed Lake Superior and caught many glimpses of the deep blue waters of Superior. It is windy so in places it crashes against the rocky shore. Other times we can see the deep blue fading into the more milky green of shallow...

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On the road 2014

Aug 22, 2014 - Day 13 - Sleeping Giant

We decided to go on another bike ride today around Marie Louise Lake (about 20km). there are 10 campsites on the far side of the lake. The road was a little bumpy (wouldn't have wanted to drive the RV around), but it was a pleasant ride. We stopped at a couple of the campsites, which were very nice and very private. We were gone for 2 hours and got back at beer time, with dinner cooking in the crock pot...isn't camping wonderful! It is now 5PM and the sun is out again...not bad for a day when the forecast was for 40% chance of rain and a...

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Aug 21, 2014 - Day 12 - Sleeping Giant

Today was spent outside. The morning started off sunny and warm, with some cloud moving in later in the day. We rode our bikes outside the campground toward Silver Islet, a small community along the coast of Lake Superior. This was the site of one of the world's biggest producers of silver at the time (late 1800's). Today there are a number of cottages along the shore and the original (still operating) general store built in 1871, where we stopped for an ice cream cone, and took some pictures of the inside (a step back in time). Before...

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Aug 20, 2014 - Day 11 - Macleod to Sleeping Giant

We were on the road again shortly after 9:30 and made just one quick "photo" stop before our lunchtime break at a picnic area on Lake Helen just north of Nipigon (about an hour east of Thunder Bay). The scenery driving down Lake Nipigon was spectacular: sheer cliffs and an escarpment ridge on our left and Lake Nipigon on our right. The highlight of the day, however, was definitely Ouimet Canyon P.P. If the cliffs along Nipigon were spectacular, these were super spectacular - up to 500 meters high, towering over a canyon floor that has...

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Aug 6, 2014 - Thunder Bay, Ontario

On Monday we drove from Duluth to Thunder Bay, Ontario. We stopped briefly with a couple who had a blowout on the front right side of their RV. Thankfully they were not hurt and were briefly able to get a phone signal to reach Good Sam's. We were in a bad spot to try to stay with them so once we knew they had reached someone we went ahead to join the group. When we crossed the border, our agent was so interested in Trip that she did not ask us many questions. The next day we visited the Terry Fox Monument, erected in memory of the...

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Aug 4, 2014 - Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada

We traveled 201 miles today from Duluth to the KOA in Thunder Bay. We all exited the campground in Duluth easily with no problems. We did go through several areas of construction where we were held up for a period of time. The ride was beautiful. We traveled right along the shores of Lake Superior which looked like we were traveling by an ocean because you couldn't see any land across. Once we crossed the Canadian border, we went back to Eastern Standard time. The next morning we car pooled and our first stop was the Terry Fox Monument....

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Jul 3, 2014 - Thunder Bay, ON - Finn Food

(Elena Writing) I thought I'd give Ron a break from writing the blog entries since he’s been doing almost all of it these past couple months. He spent a few hours working on the previous blog entry; the website and internet service weren't very cooperative. Those obstacles compounded whatever problems he already had. We are totally dependent on WIFI while touring Canada. While Ron was on the computer, I've had the leisure of shopping at the Walmart Super Center and spending time at Chapters (identical to Barnes & Noble) to catch up on...

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Jul 2, 2014 - Thunder Bay, ON - Visiting Fort William

(Ron Writing) The weather was beautiful again today and we enjoyed most of it outdoors at the Fort William Historical Park in Thunder Bay, ON. The park is a re-created Fort William as it existed in 1816 when The North West Company controlled the lucrative fur trading operations in this part of what is now Canada. It was also a period of rivalry between the North West Co. (NWC) and the Hudson Bay Company that eventually led to the NWC being absorbed into Hudson Bay Co. The park is very large, elaborate, and constructed to accurately...

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Jun 30, 2014 - Thunder Bay, ON - Grand Marais & On To Canada

(Ron Writing) The weather was gorgeous this morning – in the low 70’s and hardly a cloud in the sky. We drove the short distance south on the Gunflint Trail to Grand Marais and since it was so nice out we decided to spend a little more time there. We picked up a few groceries and then went back to the Dockside Fish Market & Deli. We shared a basket of walleye and fries and that was just right for the two of us. After lunch we walked out to Artists’ Point, a long spit of land that extends out into the bay toward the northwest. It’s a...

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Jun 2, 2014 - Thunder Bay, Ontario

Around 0600 Ross woke in Wawa and didn’t feel like walking so he made the coffee and by 0800 they were ready to leave Wawa, Ontario and head for Thunder Bay, Ontario. It is 280 miles from Wawa to Thunder Bay and they had originally planned on driving to Nipigon, Ontario where they stated for a couple days several years ago. However as they entered Nipigon they discovered that the campground they used in the past was either closed or not yet open for the season. Bottom line they had little choice but continue another 80 miles to Thunder Bay...

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Sep 12, 2013 - Day Three

Another early morning. 6am wake up call, 7:30 on the bus. We were on our own for breakfast, so Marcel and I just at a few snacks we had in our room. We had our first coffee break in Kenora and we grabbed an Egger at A & W. Short stop to see the large fish...lol, can't remember his name off hand. Lunch stop in Dryden and afternoon coffee break in Upsala. There were 2 other buses there at the same stop, so Joh and I decided to see if we could hitch a ride. Got a good giggle from many....almost got to our seats too before we were told we were...

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Aug 23, 2013 - Fort William Historic Park

Spent a good part of the day at the fort. it's very inter active as it is staffed with a ot of character actors portraying people who lived and worked at the fort. The also re-enact a number of historical episodes including a skirmish between the Northwest Company who owned the fort and the Hudson's Bay Company who, with the crowns permission, was trying to take over. Evrything in the fort was based on a time in the year called Rondevous when all the western and northern forts brought their furs and met up with the voyageurs from Montreal...

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