Day 35: City of Saints

The riding today was incredible. The incredible shoulders, trails, and bike lanes made today the most effortless riding on the trip. The miles really slipped away, apart from the scorching heat reminding me that I was in the sun. I arrived in Montreal a little later than planned (breaks were…

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 27: A Superior experience

The views of Lake Superior keep getting better. Today, we rode along the coast just before sunset, when the light was perfect. We had another great stretch near Old Woman Beach, which was a white sand beach just like the ones on the ocean. Dropping down from the hill to…