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Jul 30

Glory!

by in Ontario

Distance; 194km
Time: 7:17:43

When the rain stopped today, the world decided today was going to be a day for the bike riders. Beautiful blue sky, wonderful roads, and a nice little tailwind most of the way.

Starting my day in Lake Superior Provincial Park allowed me to be surrounded by the protected wonders of nature. Pure bliss, when the sun is shining on them. Some of the vistas almost take your breath away. Glory!

My, that lake is superior.

My, that lake is superior.

When I stopped at the Visitor’s Centre the attendants were excited to tell me all the real climbing was over and, “you get to go down a huge hill. I love telling cyclists that.” Glory! The descent, by the way, was worth the excitement.

I stopped for a break at the Agawa Indian Crafts stop just beside Pancake Bay Provincial Park. It was flush with little kids with ice cream over their faces, old men ‘stealing’ a bite from their loves cone, people galore asking me about my trip and a man whose father built a house a few doors down from mine (talk about a small world). Glory!

In fact, I was feeling like a bit of a celebrity with everyone so impressed by my adventure so far. That is, until a guy asked, “so what do you cover 300 – 400 kilometers a day?” When I answered, “oh no, maybe 160 or so.” He responded, “Oh, that’s it,” as he walked away. A nice little ego check for me. Glory!

An as"Sault on Ste. Marie

An as”Sault on Ste. Marie

Then, the piece de resistance, I pulled into Sault Ste. Marie and turn to go the bike shop for some extra tubes (always good to carry) and voila a small cove of cross-Canada cyclists who are encouraged to camp behind the shop. We have access to a shower, bathroom and all to encourage the community. Velorution opens their doors, literally, to all touring cyclists. All they ask, leave no garbage, sign the guestbook, and ride. Glory!

The cycling community continues to astound me.

The cycling community continues to astound me.

Then, to top it all off, the weather looks perfect for tomorrow. I am in my glory!

Ride on.

3 Responses to “Glory!”

  1. From Ryan Hume:

    I only read a few journals but it sounds like an amazing journey so far. I am sure you are a different person at the end of this – or at least let’s hope so:) Take care of yourself and may the winds be at your back and the down hills long and smooth.

    Ryan

    Posted on July 30, 2013 at 2:14 am #
  2. From Jane McWilliams:

    Hey Scott!
    So impressed by your adventure. I find myself checking the weather in your biking route, hoping for the best possible for you. Nice to know you’re safe and still having a great time! Keep it up!!

    Jane

    Posted on July 31, 2013 at 11:50 am #
  3. From Paul Shinkar:

    Nice. It can’t all be glory but it sure is wonderful to have a slice of it. Well done.

    Posted on August 3, 2013 at 2:06 pm #
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