Cycle Day #37 Fort Frances to Atikokan. 131 kms
Cycle Day #38 Atikokan to Shebandowan Lake. 123 kms
Cycle Day#39 Shebandowan Lake to Thunder Bay 93 kms
Encountered some busy roads and our search for side roads was not entirely successful, ending up pushing bikes through tick invested bush, along train tracks and up steep embankments. I fear there is a Bromance going on here between the Navigator and his GAIA App. He talks to it and listens to it more than me.
“There’s another story here says the Gear Guy/Navigator. Although its true that the ever trusted GAIA App needs to be questioned once in while or you might end up in a Thelma and Louise situation, who could have predicted that there would be a 10 foot chain linked electrified fence separating the dirt road you have followed ala GAIA to the paved road you would like to join? And what is the difference really between a rail road track and a dirt road? You can ride on either. Just watch for trains.”
The elevation profiles of the three days of undulating roads heading into Thunder Bay.
After a long cycle into the relentless east wind, we had the pleasure of imposing on Dennis in Shebandowan Lake. Dennis is our friend Janet’s Dad, and in our all too short time with him, he shared with us some great stories and laughs. Everything in his camp has a story attached to it. Like the story of his pheasant hunting club – the Pleasant Pheasant Pluckers. Say that three times fast. And the Fishermen And Royal Tipplers Society (aka, the “FARTS”). Here’s the thing about the FARTS. The club was all about process. Dennis is a retired professional accountant so he was the Treasurer. Every year each member had to pay his membership dues of $0.10 by certified cheque. The cheques had to be deposited at the local bank, with the intended result of driving the bank nuts. Of course there had to be annual audited financial statements, Dennis being an accountant. And new members were initiated by the token member Lawyer who, naturally, donned court room robes complete with a white mop for his head dress. Over the decades the FARTS were an active Club, the annual membership fees accumulated to just over $27. Jay only wishes he knew Dennis back then as he would loved to have been a member of BOTH clubs – if they would have him.
We ate all his food, we drank all his wine and scotch, Jay beat him at cribbage and I broke his washing machine. And Dennis was still smiling when we left – maybe because we left.
We were in great spirits rolling into Thunder Bay. We routed in through Kakabeka Falls and along a quieter road to our hotel.
After our visit to the powerful memorial to Terry Fox, we vowed to never again complain about headwinds. Terry Fox ran 5373 kilometers- nearly a marathon every day for 143 straight days. Enough said.
Two days off the bike so we can meet our fifth bike recipient!
We’ve been getting a few questions about our cycling shorts and butt creams. We were suffering after our second leg into Winnipeg so we switched things up on the advice of Tim Woodcock at Winnipeg’s Woodcock Cycle. At the time we were cycling in MEC’s finest cycling shorts and using an MEC butt cream and a ZINC mixture made by a pharmacist in Fernie. We switched cycling shorts to ASSOS H.MILLESHORTS S7 for me and ASSOS HLAALALAI for Deb. These shorts are pricey but I would have paid more for the much, much improved butt ride from Winnipeg to Thunder Bay. We looked at the bib shorts but I don’t think they are that practical for bike packing. The creams we now use are ASSOS preride and ASSOS Skin Repair Gel. Again, a much improved result. The ZINC worked but we found it was harder to apply and even harder to remove. We haven’t yet tried Keenan C’s suggestion of Clearasil but we haven’t had another “flare up Chaff emergency” event since Winnipeg so haven’t needed to try it. Yet.
One other thing – handle bar mounts for IPhones. Up til now we’ve been using a mount with a plastic cover; which is okay except it’s impossible to see with sun glasses on. For example, it is difficult to distinguish between a railway track and a dirt road. Also, now that it is (finally) getting warmer, the IPhone overheats easily. So I’ve now switched to a SCOSHCE Magic Mount $29.99 at Canadian Tire. As long as your IPhone is water proof or in a water proof casing, then this is a much better bar mount. But will need to test durability on gravel roads. Will let you know.