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 goodbye to Elsie and headed off. All day I was battling intense heat and watching the clouds carefully. It looks like tomorrow will be the same.
It’s crazy biking in this heat. Yesterday I mentioned how I was guzzling more water. Today it was even worse. Eventually I stopped at a McDonald’s because I knew they had obnoxiously large cups that some people fill with pop. I had a basic hamburger to get some calories in me and asked for two of the obnoxious cups of ice water. Both disappeared quickly. $0.99 well spent.
I passed through North Bay around 6pm, grabbing a beer to enjoy with supper, and then was treated to a beautiful trail for about 10km through downtown and all the way out to the next village and beyond. What an amazing thing.
Of course all good things come to an end and I found a tree collapsed across the trail. It was fun getting the bike over that with 30 kg of gear on board.
Finally, after a few massive hills on some back roads, Google led me to Bonfield, where I couldn’t find a deep spot to slip in to the lake. Unable to cool off I sweat my way through supper and fought off a mosquito swarm as I made camp at a park by the lake. Nearby cottagers treated me to a fireworks duel. When is the cold front coming through?
Today’s distance: 158.2 km
Cumulative distance: 4,433.6 km
Today’s climb: 595 m