Day 34: Montebello

The heat finally eased off today. An early start and a late finish helped me deal with the worst of it, but it was cool enough in the evening to put a long-sleeved shirt on. The middle of the day was spent in Ottawa, where among other things I was…

Day 32: Canada Day

The last time I was in the Ottawa river valley, at Christmas, it was -35. The 15-minute walk from our apartment to Parliament one morning caused my hands to freeze so much that I couldn't reach into my pockets. Today was a little different, with the mercury pushing above 37.…

Day 31: Heat Wave

There is a heat wave all across Ontario and Quebec right now and it shows no signs of breaking. Last night it caused a thunderstorm and triggered a tornado warning in Sudbury. This morning, as I attempted to leave, the thunderstorm came back. Once the coast looked clear I said…

Day 30: God’s Plan

Last night I opted to sleep fly-less. The forecast was warm and dry. I bungeed the fly to the picnic table and went to sleep. The temperature was perfect. At 4:30 am I felt some drops on my face. I tried to figure out if it would be brief or…

Day 24: Nipigon

Readers of this blog may have noticed a trend where visits to bigger cities are marked by an inability to leave. Thunder Bay was no different. Though a search for good coffee shops came up empty, my hosts recommended a new spot downtown. Once I finally got moving, shortly after…

Day 23: Gateway to the East

Digital timepieces come with a fancy feature to automatically update when you switch time zones. It's very handy, unless you're in a town that has an ongoing debate whether you're in one time zone or the next. Upsala is one of those towns, legally in the Central time zone but…