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post #1 of 25 Old Jun 16th, 2014, 1:17 pm Thread Starter
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Our 2014 Adventure

So Cherie and I will be leaving for our big summer trip on Friday. I won't be a huge mileage feat as we are travelling about 4,000 km in 3 weeks but we will be travelling through some beautiful country and visiting friends that we haven't seen for a few years. Today I made the chocolate bar for the trip, for the last four years we have given them out to other folks on bikes that we meet along the way. Four more sleeps and we will be on our way.

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Well we have been on the road since about noon Friday and are in North Bay Ontario tonight. We spent the first night in Lions Head, then took the ferry to Manitoulin Island and spent the next night in Gore Bay. We had dinner at a restaurant with a patio by the harbour and another couple that we had met on the ferry was also having dinner so we had quite a conversation. So then this kid comes over and says my dad says he has seen you on TV, it turns out he hosted a show called "Real Life Renos" on the Home Improvement Chanel, I had never heard of the show so wasn't aware we where talking to a local celebrity. Went for a walk this morning from 6:00 to 7:15 and did not see one other person walking or driving, they go to bed early and get up late in this part of Ontario. I guess it is like many isolated towns in that it's population is shrinking, there are about 800 permanent residents. So far the weather has been perfect for riding and looks like tomorrow will be as well, Tuesday may be less so.

Here are a few photos of our journey


A bakery in Paisley that I can recommend as a good reasonably priced lunch stop.


Lions Head harbour


On the ferry









Stowaway on the ferry


Bikes where first on and first off, probably about 15 bikes, mostly Harleys and a father daughter team from Michigan doing a circle tour of Lake Huron on two BMWs, a F650 and R1200GS




Gore Bay harbour






Leaving Manitoulin Island








Stopped for a rest stop at the Big Nickel


Dinner on the shore of Lake Nipissing, the fresh Perch was excellent and the flat bread wasn't bad either

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Enjoy the ride.
Looks like the weather is helping too.

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Very nice. Thanks for sharing!

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Gerhard - thanks for sharing! I would love to to that sometimes soon!

BTW, did you prepare anything special for tying down your bike on the ferry?

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Thanks for all the comments. We where really lucky with weather till today, it is raining steadily with the occasional cloud burst. We are using this as an opportunity to catch up on sleep, emails and return some phone calls. Had really good leisurely lunch and are just planning to take it easy at the hotel. We are in Montebello Quebec now.

For the ferry ride they provided the tie down though I did bring some soft loops to protect the paint. I have never been on a ferry where I had to provide my own tie downs though I have heard that some don't provide them so I always ask about it when booking the reservation. This crossing was so smooth that the bike would probably have been fine sitting on it's kick stand without any tie downs.

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Thanks for all the comments. We where really lucky with weather till today, it is raining steadily with the occasional cloud burst. We are using this as an opportunity to catch up on sleep, emails and return some phone calls. Had really good leisurely lunch and are just planning to take it easy at the hotel. We are in Montebello Quebec now.

For the ferry ride they provided the tie down though I did bring some soft loops to protect the paint. I have never been on a ferry where I had to provide my own tie downs though I have heard that some don't provide them so I always ask about it when booking the reservation. This crossing was so smooth that the bike would probably have been fine sitting on it's kick stand without any tie downs.

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Enjoy your trip and thanks for taking us along!

As for the tie down/ferry thing-The ferry across Lake Michigan does NOT provide tie-downs and requires you to use them. (This is the coal fired ferries)

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Oooo nice! There is something in the northen light that brings out the colour.

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So it rained pretty hard all day today, seeing the forecast yesterday we decided to skip one of the B&Bs and push on to Montobello Quebec. So we slept in had a nice leisurely lunch and then I spent a couple of hours with the video I have captured along the way and came up with this YouTube video

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What's the cost for the Lake Michigan ferry?
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What's the cost for the Lake Michigan ferry?
I don't know what it is now but, a few years ago it was about $130.00 for me a passenger and the bike.

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So it rained pretty hard all day today, seeing the forecast yesterday we decided to skip one of the B&Bs and push on to Montobello Quebec. So we slept in had a nice leisurely lunch and then I spent a couple of hours with the video I have captured along the way and came up with this YouTube video

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http://youtu.be/xN5sHgNkpJk
Thanks for the video. Question for you; Why didn't you take that parking spot on the ferry that was being offered?

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Thanks for the video. Question for you; Why didn't you take that parking spot on the ferry that was being offered?
Thanks for the the comments.

I think I went where I was directed, all his hand motions where for car following me.

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Loved the pictures and the video; even looks like the RT is having a great time


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Keep 'em coming Gerhard!

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Awesome trip

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We traveled to Trois-Rivières on the shores of the St Lawrence and found this to be a really nice city. In past trips to Quebec we had been to Montreal and Quebec City so this smaller city between the two is new and I was surprised at how much less English is spoken here, everybody tries to talk to us but they are just not as bilingual here. The folks at the Bed and Breakfast gave me the garage to park in and are very friendly but my non existent French and their basic English limits conversation. At breakfast this morning we had a good time with another couple that spoke good English and the other couple spoke French only and where tourists from France. Tonight we went to a county music concert performed mostly in French but some of the tunes where familiar and the line dancers looked same as they do anywhere else. Food is really good here and you can't walk for more than a few feet before you see another inviting patio.


Our route on Thursday, went through some nice curvy roads and mostly no traffic

Bakery in Ottawa called Art Is In, might have had the best lunch of our trip here Thai chicken sandwich




The bakery is housed in an industrial unit not really easy to get to but was busy the whole time we where there






Picnic tables on the loading dock with just a screen to keep insects out.


Parked the bike on the patio


After lunch we went to the ByWard Market




South American soccer fans a little disappointed as a goal was scored against their team, if you look closely you can see the ball entering the net on the TV screen








Lunch at a nice little spot on the road






Trois-Rivières water front is a busy place with lots of entertainment


They have some strange pets here


Lot of dedicated bike parking in the downtown area


The Bed and Breakfast we are staying at


Riding lessons given on the road, basically consisted of being able to stop the scooter without falling over


A bar where all the beer comes from Micro Breweries, the taps all had handles from various tools




Our bartender


A bunch of posers


French country music




Downtown street closed every Friday evening and Saturday during the summer

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Very nice! Thanks for posting.

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Very nice!

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Pretty cool. Thanks for sharing.
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Real nice pictures
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The rider on the scooter with umbrella in hand was a dead giveaway . . . just a photo op.
Now we have all heard of sheep dogs could that one pet be a goat dog
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Real nice pictures
2 things:
The rider on the scooter with umbrella in hand was a dead giveaway . . . just a photo op.
Now we have all heard of sheep dogs could that one pet be a goat dog
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No, he was just taking his kid for a walk.

Sorry - couldn't resist.

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No, he was just taking his kid for a walk.

Sorry - couldn't resist.
Don't want to hi-jack
After all I am enjoying this picture adventure very much.
You were spot on and in my current condition did not hold back on laughter. Heck I needed it. Now back to regular program, more pictures.
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We made it home about 3:30 this afternoon, we were gone 22 days and probably rode about half of the days. Our route changed a little bit but in general everything went according to plan and we had a good time. No matter how enjoyable a trip is it does feel good to pull into your own driveway. For the length of time we where gone we did not really cover a great distance but we saw and did lots and I will get around to posting some photos over the next week or so.

Now the lawn needs my attention, a neighbour cut it for me but no trimming and stuff so it looks pretty rough, the bushes and gardens around the house are a bit overgrown and then I haven't even gone into work yet to see what is waiting for me next week.

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