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June 19: Kenora to Dryden
First off I would like to thank Jen, Sheldon, Charlie, Emmie, and Ace their dog for allowing me to stay at their house in Kenora. It was nice to relax in such a beautiful city, and then enjoy some company and good times later at their house. You guys rock and made my stay in Kenora one to remember!
The ride out of Kenora was the start of a promising ride through Ontario. By promising I mean full of lakes, forests, rocks, and wildlife. It was a long day of 140 km to ride, with tons of winding hilly roads.
It is much different than riding through other provinces because there are much less cities along the way and places to stop for food/water. This means that carrying extra food and water is a must even though it adds a lot of weight.
As for the hills, well, its all about keeping your speed for as long as possible until gearing down and then climb your way to the top.
My end destination for the day was Dryden, at the Best Western just off of the highway. It was really nice to soak in the hot tub and have a comfortable place to sleep for the night. Not to mention the delicious dinner I had at the hotel restaurant. Especially since it rained through the night which would have made for a rough morning.
I want to thank Lorrie, Darren, and Chelsea Schmidt for being so kind and covering the cost of my acomadations and food for the evening. It was definitely great timing with the weather to be under a roof, and I would not be enjoying my trip as much as I have been without special people like yourselves.
June 20: Dryden to Ignace
I started my day off with a large breakfast at the hotel, courtesy of the Schmidt family. Thanks for fueling me up for a very tough ride I had today!
Just as I was about to leave the hotel, I had passed by an employee who had asked about where I was headed. I explained my story and then she told me she was a cancer survivor. This is proof that cancer touches everyone’s life, whether it be family or someone you know. This disease affects so many people, and being able to have support while going through these tough times is essential. Thank you Margaret from Best Western for donating to Wellspring Niagara and helping the Niagara region community. This was a nice way to start my day off on a positive note!
I left around 1015 from the hotel, and as soon as I got on the highway it was a headwind right off the bat. Not only was it windy, the roads I had to ride on were definitely not suited for cycling. Throughout the 105 km ride, I had many many breaks. My muscles were aching, the wind was mentally and physically exhausting, and the hills only made things worse. I must admit, after the ride was completed my legs felt worse than they did from the mountains.
The road I had to ride on today, no shoulder and only one lane
As soon as I got into town I stopped for some dinner at Subway. As I was arriving, I met a gentleman named Mark. He was curious as to what I was doing and where I was going. After chatting for a couple minutes, he ended up paying for my whole meal! Little does he know, but he totally cheered me up and made the rest of my night. It is amazing how the little things that happen in life can truely add up to change your perspective on the bigger picture. Thanks a lot Mark, and have fun at the wedding you are headed to!!
I am now settled at the campground in my tent, praying it does not rain for the morning. I will be having an early start tomorrow, hoping to be on the road by 830 to complete my 125 km ride before the grocery store closes. My destination is the Savanne River campground, about 20 km east of Upsala. Goodnight!