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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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Aug 21, 2013 - Dryden to Thunder Bay

Last night it was good that we decided to forgo the heat and stay in a hotel, as about 11pm a thunder storm came in with torrential rain. This morning we left Dryden in pretty good time with plans to go to Ouimet Canyon 60 km east of Thunder bay. Adam has had major concerns over his chain and sprocket wear. This morning the noise was especially bad. We switched rides for 50kms and I agreed with Adam that we needed to stop at a bike shop in Thunder bay. I called a bike shop from the side of the hwy, and they said that they can have new chain...

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Alaska Bound 2013

Aug 3, 2013 - Eastern Time Zone

We pull out of our rustic campsite by 10:00, still haven’t caught up on that lost hour. Oh no, before we know it we’re crossing over into the eastern time zone, another lost hour, but I guess we are closer to home. We continue east to Thunder Bay, Ontario where we see Lake Superior once again. This time from the north western tip. We’re at a KOA tonight, yeah!! Once unhooked, we decide to venture out to see the Kakabeka Falls. They’re not Niagara or Iguazu, but they are impressive. We take a short hike to experience both sides of the falls,...

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Jul 15, 2013 - Rest Day in Thunder Bay (ON)

It rained heavily last night, so it was nice to be indoors and dry, and to listen to the soothing pitter patter as I went to sleep. I slept well. I woke up at 6:30 am and had an all-you-can-eat breakfast at the University cafeteria, then did my laundry and got my gear ready for tomorrow's departure. I then walked around Thunder Bay for a couple of hours and had a light lunch before deciding to return to my room for a rest, as it was very hot and humid. I hope the 40C+ humidex temperatures that Southern Ontario is currently experiencing...

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Jul 14, 2013 - Shabaqua Corners (ON) to Thunder Bay (ON)

I slept until 6:30 am, which was a surprise as I am usually the first to get up and the other riders were already milling around. The forecast for today and tomorrow was for heavy thunderstorms, but they had not yet arrived. Breakfast was served at 7:00 am and, once done, I decided to head to Thunder Bay right away, in the hope of arriving before the worst of the rain. I left on my own at 7:45 am and rode to Lakehead University, stopping only at Kakabeka Falls. The route was initially quite hilly but, after 39 km, I left Highway 11/17 and...

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Jul 11, 2013 - Thunder Bay, Ontario

With the time change to the Eastern zone, our body clocks were off a bit, so we got up later than expected. Jay fed Duke and took him for a walk and then headed out to bike ride into Thunder Bay. When he returned home we went to Historic Fort William. Unlike U.S. forts which were military, Fort William was basically a company owned compound where hunters, hired by the company brought their furs. It was a village with a doctor and company provided health care and people with skills to maintain the fort, such as canoe repairs, blacksmithing...

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Jul 10, 2013 - On the way to Canada

I REALLY got up early this morning, as I wanted to go to breakfast with Duke and Jay before we started our 5 hour drive across southern Ontario, Canada. Luckily, there was a McDonald's in this very small town of International Falls and it was only 2 blocks away from our campground. Well, we had breakfast, packed up and were on our way to the Canadian border by 8:30 a.m. We paid our toll of $8 for the RV and $4 for the car to cross the bridge over the Rainy River. For that cost, I expected a much nicer bridge and a longer ride but within a...

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