Canada tour - Day 2 - Bracebridge to Dwight
This was my first day riding with the "team"--Debi, Dave, Pat and myself.
This was also on of hilly days
("undulating" according Suzie). Despite showing up at breakfast on time,
lots of folks are there first and we failed to get that quick start.
It was a good 45-mile ride, despite some dirt sections
that some, most, or all of us had to walk, depending.
A brief section of the Trans
Canada mountain-bike trail made for a lovely hike.
Lake with mist.
This is me on the Trans Canada trail (photo from Dave's camera).
Later, we stopped off by another lake for some team pictures (photo by
either Harry or Sue from Philadelphia--I don't recall).
Harry and Sue.
Later--after a bum steer towards the closed Grumpy Bear restaurant
(the bear is grumpy because no one feeds him until 4:30 pm)--we
had sandwiches for lunch at the local coffee/deli/real estate place.
After finding our accommodations for the night at Pine Beach
Resort, We had a nice swim in the lake and a silly round of "girls
vs. boys" paddle boats. Most of us were tired of pedaling so we
floated instead of pedaling the paddle boats. We decided to
search for beer and/or ice cream (two chances to win!). This
ended when someone came by with a beer, and so we enjoyed beer on
the beach--a great way to end the ride.
Lynne (or is it Sandra?), Roger, Suzie (photo from Dave's camera).
Every evening we had a group dinner with a brief meeting. Where Suzie
gives out info on the next day's ride and Roger tries not to
contradict her too much. Lynne and Sandra, the SAG wagon drivers, rarely
hesitated to contradict Suzie. Neither did Suzie. We seemed to get to
the end of the ride OK anyway and the occasional confusion just added
to the sense of adventure.
Before turning in, we rearranged the cabins so Nick and Amy--a couple who
had somehow failed to sign up for the tour as a couple--could
sleep in Debi's cabin and Debi could sleep in the second room
the cabin I was sharing with Dave.
Nick was concerned about imposing on Debi. Amy was
concerned that Nick was passing up an alone-together cabin. Amy won.
Debi and I decided we (the team) should be ready to go the next morning
at 7 am, despite the fact that breakfast was scheduled for 7:30. The idea
is to get a jump on the day, given that this will be an 83 miler.
This led to a bit of negotiating with Pat and her cabin. Lisa and Nancy
were laboring under the impression that people on vacation should sleep.
As it turned out, a whole gang of early birds were up and eating at 7, us
right in there with them.
Canada Tour / Jonathan Krall / revised September 2005