Bicycling Across Canada 2013 travel blog

First View Of Lake Huron, At Thessalon

I had breakfast at the hotel and left at about 6:30 am. The forecast was for sunny but cool weather, with strong winds (30-50 km/h) from the Northeast, so I was looking forward to an easy ride.

Today we went from Lake Superior to the North Channel of Lake Huron. The route had us taking Highway 17B for 27 km to Echo Bay, followed by Highway 638 for 70 km to Bruce Mines, then Highway 17 for 50 km to Blind River. Highway 638 was scenic but hilly, and it allowed us to avoid a long section of the Trans-Canada Highway which was busy and only had a gravel shoulder. After riding about 100 km, I stopped in Thessalon for a second breakfast in a small cafe at the end of a beach, where I had a Spanish omelet and coffee.

Once back on Highway 17, I was able to cruise effortlessly on the flat sections at over 40 km/h when the strong wind was behind me. This allowed me to make good time, arriving at the MacIver Campground at about 12:30 pm.

Upon arrival, during a routine inspection of my bike, I noticed that my rear tyre was starting to show its casing, so I replaced both tyres, keeping the front one as a spare. The new ones should get me to St. John's.

Dinner tonight is salad and hamburgers with garlic mashed potatoes.

GPS Coordinates: 46o11'53"N, 83o1'29"W

Weather: Cool with increasing clouds

Distance Travelled: 146 km

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