Tuesday, August 7, 2012

CCCT 2012 - July 25/12 - Day 67

Cross Canada Cycling Tour - Wednesday, July 25, 2012 - Day 67
Sault Ste. Marie to Thessalon, ON - Trip 92.10 kms Time 5 hrs Avg 18.44 kph Max 51.8 kph
We got up at 5:30 AM and packed our gear, tent, etc. Louis also got up at 6:00 AM when he heard us packing up to leave. Bev left a note in the "Visitor's Book" and we filled our water bottles before going over to the Husky restaurant for breakfast. The waitress was quite busy so we just got a pastry, drinks and some food for our lunch before leaving for THESALON at 7:30 AM. Earlier we also had some Greek yogurt and 1/2 a banana each before we left the campground. We followed the directions on a pamphlet prepared by Velorution for getting out of town. We met up with Louis who had stopped at a donut shop for breakfast after taking a wrong turn. He later on caught up to us when we stopped for a break and a pit stop at a native "resort". Bev said the "facilities" were disgusting. Louis went ahead as he was cycling much faster than us. After cycling 61 kms we stopped to put our rain covers on our handle bar bags, computers, etc. We again met up with Louis at Bruce Mines where he had stopped to take shelter. He planned to stay at a motel there for the night. Since we were already wet we decided to continue on for another 20 kms to Thesalon. We passed an expensive looking motel by a beach and 2 others that were CLOSED. Earlier we had stopped at a "Rest Area" for our lunch. On arriving in Thesalon we went into a grocery store and asked about accommodations. Chris, the manager, called 2 B&Bs. The 2nd had a room available at $100 (tax in). We were pretty well soaked and the rain was still coming down quite hard so we decided we would pay the price to stay in a warm and dry house. Besides it included breakfast. We bought a few groceries and checked into the Northshore B&B. We arrived at 2:30 PM thoroughly soaked, put our bikes in the garage and carried our essential gear into the beautiful home of our hosts Gigi and Gerard Marion. They made us very welcome and after we had showered and changed into dry clothes offered us some tea and cookies. The rain finally let up and we were able to walk to a nearby restaurant that they had recommended. I had the White Fish which was huge. We also got a date square to go. It was also huge and very reasonably priced at $5.00. We hurried back to our lodgings as it was threatening to start pouring again. The B&B also had a terrific entertainment room and Gerard invited us to choose and watch a movie from his very sizable library of both DVDs and VHS tapes. We chose to watch "The Last Brickmaker" with Sidney Poitier. I had wanted to work on my blog but my efforts to get my Notebook connected to the B&B wi-fi proved to be fruitless. For some reason I could not get it to recognize the "security code" which consisted of a long string of characters. It was soon time to hit the sack as we planned an early morning departure
Bev and Roly

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