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Day 6 – 21st August

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Left Massey and about 2 hrs later reached ‘The Soo’ – that’s what the Canadians call the town of Sault St.Marie – bit confusing really because there’s a town of the same name on either side of the river. One is in Canada the other in the US. Good job I don’t have a Visa for the States so I can’t go wrong! The Soo didn’t look too interesting and so just filled up with fuel, took on board a Mars bar (well I am trying to eat well!) and set off up the road to Lake Superior National Park … well after about 10 mins I start getting the impression that this could be a good ride … and how! There’s a bit of traffic but eventually I get past it and I spy Lake Superior for the 1st time. It is a beautiful sight and I’m just coming over a high pass as I see it. At the bottom I turn off to get a couple of pictures and theres a lovely little beach, like so …

August 21, Lake Superior (5) 

Whilst taking of my helmet and sorting out the camera a car pulls up alongside – a white car – with some lights on top …. I wave and they get out. The female officer says “G’day sire. Sheesh I didn’t think these things could go that fast” ” How fast” I enquire. “Well I clocked you at (and I think she said) 114kph (a limit of 90kph – making this about 10mph per hour over the limit)”. A look of astonishment appears on my face “No! Really? I am so sorry. I had no idea”. This grovelling goes on for a moment or two and she asks to see my papers. So I am scrabbling around for them, and whilst I am doing this I apologise yet again. The other guy says “where in the UK are you from?” So I tell him. “Do you know Stockton-On-Tees?” he asks me. I tell him I have not been there but I know where it is and ask if he has friends or family there. “I was born there” he replies. I don’t think I am going to get a ticket. I don’t. They shake hands with me and wish me a safe trip.

Why can’t UK Police be like that for a minor indiscretion?

The rest of the ride is just jaw droppingly fantastic – I thought it would be nice, but I had no idea that Ontario could be like this.

Tonight I’m in the town of Wawa – the town greets you with a big plastic Goose! That sets the trend …

Checked in to the Motel – not great but it will do. I get out of there 1st thing in the morning and head on round the coast.

August 21, Wawa Sign


Comment from mark
Time 25 August, 2008 at 2:44 am

hi dad

glad to here everything is going ok, get some pictures up if you can

Comment from lesley
Time 25 August, 2008 at 4:14 am

that’s pretty much it for beauty until you get to the Rockies-unless you can take a side trip to the Qu’appelle Valley or Cyprus Hills Provincial Park in Sask! It’s the accent the Canuks love-they still think I just got off the boat……

Comment from Nige
Time 26 August, 2008 at 4:26 am

Hey Rob. Been into any Moose Lodges? Canadian bars are flat out weird. Don’t attempt to carry your beer from the bar to your seat, mate. The white car will show up again! And…hate to admit it, but Les is correct. Get ready for a loooong straight road ahead.

Comment from Clare
Time 26 August, 2008 at 9:16 am

It’s a Girl!!!

Born Sunday 23rd at 23.59. Emma and Baby well after a very difficult labour and birth – 29 hours plus forceps etc. Baby looks like she’s gone a few rounds with Muhammed Ali!!

no name yet – she was supposed to be a boy!

I will go to see them at the weekend and send photos to you after that.


Comment from RobBBTB
Time 26 August, 2008 at 9:50 am

LOL – Second day of riding and already attracting the attention of the law !
Maybe it’s a good job you didn’t get your hands on a Speed Triple.
Here’s to getting away with it.

Comment from Clare
Time 26 August, 2008 at 10:04 am

You Speedster – I just knew that accent would help!

Roadrunner would be proud of you, but the mounties might not be so impressed.

Is there a brake on that green Kermit?

Everyone I speak to says one thing – isn’t he green!!!!

Comment from Leanne
Time 26 August, 2008 at 2:12 pm

I love that you got pulled over and didn’t even know it! Glad you are enjoying your trip!!

Comment from Rob
Time 26 August, 2008 at 5:57 pm

I was pretty pleased with my performance with the law! I’ve been keeping a more careful look out since.

Clare – can you pass on my congratulations to Emma and Adam about the new born please – I was only thinking about that last night. I’ll raise a glass to them all tonight. Chuffed to hear that it’s a girl in the family at last!

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