DAY 31 CALIPER LAKE TO TAYLOR'S COVE
DISTANCE TRAVELLED 129 km RUNNING TIME 5 hrs 00 mins
AVERAGE SPEED 25.8 km/hr
DISTANCE PLANNED 128 KMS TOTAL TIME 6 hrs 00 mins
NOTE - LOCATION PLOTTED WAS FORT FRANCIS - 50 KMS WEST OF TAYLORS COVE - CLOSESET PLACE UNTIL I CAN GET TAYLOR'S COVE REGISTERED
Another nice sunny day - morning temps of 16-18 to high of 30 . I have been wearing my biking sandals everyday since we left Vancouver - they are really comfortable in the warm weather - I have an interesting sandal tan - quite different from everyone else's shoe & short sock tan -
We continued down 71 to hwy 11. As the morning progressed we left the rolling terrain and rock and lakes to a flatter area with few lakes , farming ( cows & hay) . Hwy 11 is actually the beginning of Yonge street that goes in to Toronto - Yonge street being the longest street in the world!! A sign in Fort Francis tributes this.
We had lunch in Fort Francis
- the oldest continuous occupied town west of Lake Superior - formed by the HBC in the 1700s to exploit the fur trade. Now largely pulp & paper - very large Abitibi plant.
Across from Fort Francis is International Falls, Minnesota . So named for the falls that no longer exist because the river was dammed to supply water to the pulp plant . There are lots of large logging trucks on the road - every 30-50 kms there are pulp load check areas
- The vehicles are driven between large barrels that confirmed the width of the loads & can be moved to "straighten" the load.
This week is the 12 Annual Fort Francis Canadian Bass Championship - a high fishing tournament - $50.,000 first prize - only 150 pairs of competitors at $1500 entry fee.. The of course there is a carnival like event at the fairgrounds for the week - attracting lots of tourists..
The place we stayed - Taylor's Cove was a public camp site - now just rental cottages of fishing or vacationing - by the week or month - Real nice spot
however Tour du Canada ahs been going there for over 15 years , so we are still welcomed - nice we were the only campers there - some camped on the rocks directly on the lake .
. Great swimming & some enjoyed just relaxing in the water on their chairs
Camp life - a bit of tension tonight as the new gallery crew discovered that the pots could have been cleaned better the night before - lots of huffy & puffing - meeting of crew chiefs - confirmation of duties - mini-health lecturettes and life goes on ..