Biker Bob - Canada 2006 travel blog

Single wind turbine - experimental or entrepreneur ??

Wiarton WIllie - "Marmota predictica" ( on the left)

Willie hiding - no photo op!!

Brcue Peninsula - Niagara escarpment

Georgian Bay views

Picturesque downtown Owen Sound

Pete celebrating Wiarton WIllie day in the campsite

Sid & Bob


Day 45 Tobermory to Owen Sound

128.1 km @ 26.6 kph for 4 hr 49 minutes - total time 6 hrs planned distance 138 km .

Another terrific morning - about 18+ degrees at 6 am . On the road by 730 am with sunny skies and some cloud - got to about 27 degrees.

We had a nice tailwind from Tobermory down hwy 6 to Wiarton - averaged about 31 kph on that 68 km stretch. The road travels the middle of the peninsula so there is not much to see before Wiarton. We did see a large wind turbine - I am sure similar to the sections that we saw in northern Ontario being trucked to Gaspe Bay .

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No visit to Bruce Peninsula would be complete without a visit to Wiarton to Wiarton Willie - the Mascot of Wiarton and Canada's foremost weather prognosticator

. Unfortunately Willie , a genuine albino groundhog ( marmota predictica) , was hiding in his cage & I did not get a photo of him.

Rather than continue down hwy 6 to Owen Sound ( with the getting heavier holiday traffic) we decided to take the recommended scenic coastal route (hwy 1) to Owen sound ( we had made really good time also) - There were some great views of Georgian Bay and escarpment on Bruce Peninsula

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. The shoreline is populated with some great cottages and homes. Owen Sound is a pretty town - lots of flowers - baskets & planters .

. ( obvious strong participant in Communities in Bloom - although I did not see any signs.) It is also the home of two famous Canadians - WW I Ace Billy Bishop and Group of Seven artist Tom Thomson. Museums are here for both - although did not get opportunity to visit them.

We stayed at the KOA campground east of Owen Sound - nice site - all the facilities - swimming pool .

Got in fairly early so took the time to do laundry. Today we celebrated Wiarton Days for Peter -

Peter was born & raised in Wiarton - later moving to BC and Port Moody where he now lives -

Sid & Lorraine Dunning , old friends from military days , dropped out to the campsite for a visit - great visit and times reminiscing & getting up to date

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