Manitowaning, Manitoulin Island, Ontario

Black Rock Inn

Monday 28 August 2006
Black Rock resort, Manitowaning, Manitoulin Island
95.74 km, 19.1 kph
4.59 hrs, 10 – 5

We think our days will be short but they all seem to turn out so long…

Espanola to Little Current is steady hills, not too hard but constantly up and down. First part of the road was terrible but the second part was new and had a very generous shoulder, so we felt comfortable cycling for the first time in a long time. Very pretty ride, watched the famous swinging bridge to Manitoulin Island (1913), then into Little Current for lunch. We crossed Great La Cloche Island, very unusual landscape, flat and barren like we were in the Arctic.

Lunch at the Anchor on a patio – they are few and far between anywhere we have been lately (none between Thunder Bay and Sault Ste Marie).

The second part of the day was hard again – strong SE wind slowed us down considerably. Road very bumpy, cracks across it every 20 feet. Staying in a family resort of cabins on the lake and had a swim in Lake Huron. No food at the resort, and we don’t carry any, so the proprietor kindly loaned us her car, we bought groceries and Olin cooked us a nice dinner. Life is grand.

We’re on Manitoulin Island because… we could go through Sudbury and North Bay, where we might possibly go again, or we could come to Manitoulin where we will never come again. Just too far away. Interesting to be here, but it does seem very remote and very Canadian shield.

Manitoulin swing bridge

Swing bridge closing

Former power plant close to Manitoulin

More hills on Manitoulin

Black Rock Inn beach

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About Olin and Suzanne
Olin and Suzanne's cycling trip, across Canada and around the world.

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