Bicycling Across Canada 2013 travel blog

Batman's Campground in Sheguindah


I woke up at 5:00 am and left the campground in Blind River at about 6:30 am. The route had us continuing along Highway 17 past Algoma Mills, Spragge, Serpent River, Spanish and Massey, where we were to take a side road to Espanola, then South on Highway 6 to Manitoulan Island (World's largest island surrounded by fresh water).

The best I can say about Highway 17 is that it is an efficient way of covering distance by bicycle, despite its lack of paved shoulder in most areas. When I got to Massey, I found that the side road was being worked on and its surface consisted of loose gravel for several kms. I therefore returned to Highway 17 and continued on it to Espanola. In the process, I ran into Jim who had decided to do the same.

In Espanola, we stopped at a Wendy's for lunch, where we met a truck driver with some very sad news. Yesterday, a husband and wife taking part of the Tour du Canada (a Cycle Canada tour that is following our route one week behind us) were both killed on Highway 17, just West of Nipigon. It was so very sad, and it reminded us of just how vulnerable we cyclists are.

From Espanola the road became very hilly (in fact, I don't think there were any flat sections at all!) until I got close to Little Current. From there I battled a strong headwind to Sheguindah, where we're staying at Batman's Campground, arriving just before 2:00 pm.

Dinner tonight was split pea soup, salad and salmon cakes, with tapioca pudding for dessert. We held a moment of silence for the couple who lost their lives.

GPS Coordinates: 45o53'3"N, 81o53'43"W

Weather: Sunny, cold in the morning, warm in the afternoon

Distance Travelled: 172 km



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