Its the eve of the final day. I can’t wait for the festivities of tomorrow but at the same time I don’t want tomorrow to come, because it means this journey will be over.
Its been a long day of riding so I better give a quick synopsis or the day before my eyelids droop shut. The day started with a grand send off from 40 people waving and snapping photos as we rolled out from my boyfriends family gathering in Bracebridge. Then it was straight to the bike shop to fix Nellie’s broken spoke and on to the grocery store for our daily provisions. Then, time to ride!
We tried to make a direct secondary route north but found ourselves frustrated with having to stop and check the map every 15 minutes and still making a few wrong turns.
Just as we thought the hills and navigation was enough, we found ourselves surrounded by poorly signposted gravel roads. Great. 175km of this would be impossible before dark. It was time to reassess our route. We decided to hit the highway and aim for Powassan instead of Nipissing Village. The shoulder of the highway was wide, smooth and flat (I am so glad they did that excessive rock blasting to prevent the highway from constantly rolling with the hills, they must have planned it with cyclists in mind). At one point we even had a tail wind and were coasting 40km/h on an incline! Our new route was slightly shorter than our projected route, but we still broke record distance.
We were hoping to tent on the lawn at the Sparrow’s Nest B&B but instead we have been spoiled! A long bubble bath,
followed by visiting over a mug of hot tea has been nothing short of amazing after a cold and rainy day of pedaling.
My eyes are shutting, time to enjoy the bed before a final ride into North Bay!
Rode 169km to settle in Powassan. I am not going to even try to explain the route, basically we zigzagged down every road pointing northish in muskoka.Climbed 1589m of hills today so I am ready to sleep.
Instead of two days of reasonable distances of biking Nellie and I decided to take a day off followed by a grande finale 175km ride to Nipissing Village. Its going to be good!
Rode a beautiful 110km through hilly muskoka region. I am not sure the exact hill climb in meters because my gps battery died but it was 5h30min of biking.
The route was a little tricky to navigate but I mainly followed country rd 20 out of Barrie, then Rama rd and finally jumped on the 6. The roads were nicely paved and had very little traffic. A good day of biking. Its definitely cottage country.
Yesterday morning’s ride out of Toronto was cold and wet. Plus the navigating was tricky and traffic lights are timed for cars not bikes. It took us 1h30min to ride our first 15km. So slow! Then just as we were getting towards the outskirts of the city Nellie got a flat. We fixed it and continued object our way.
Later on the bike path we saw four deer! Then another three! After biking through Newfoundland and New Brunswick its crazy to think the first wildlife we see is in Toronto.
Our bikes got super dirty from the we roads.
We stopped for our lunch break at Tim Hortons and we were glad to be out of the rain a bit.
The afternoon cleared up and we were flying down the road. We even had some extra time to stop and smell the roses.
We are now checked into Comfort Inn. Thank you fairmount hospitality!
Took a lot of work to navigate out of the city. Which slowed down our 100km ride by a lot. The whole ride took us 4h50min, meaning our average speed was 20.3km/h. We tried following the bike path along the Humber River but it frequently started and stopped. We eventually made it out onto Islington Ave which turned into hwy 27. It was pretty nice riding with a paved shoulder most of the way and gentle rolling hills. Today we gained 100m of elevation.
Took a day off to spend with my sister and do some lightweight back to school shopping. It was a tricky shopping spree because anything I bought had to be worth carrying another 400km on my bike.