Canada tour - Day 3 - Dwight to Wilno
The big day--85 miles, 40 of them through Algonquin park. I rode
with Debi, Pat and Dave, the 4 of us now being called the Gung Ho
team. Showing up early at breakfast turns out to be a good move
as lots of other folks are similarly gung ho (or just plain hungry).
Dawn in Dwight
Debi, as always, was the most enthusiastic about getting up early and
riding quick. At the third stop, Dave commented that she should
have a whip to crack (he said it, not me). This prompted a number
of unhelpful comments from myself, with me generally referring to
her as "Mistress Debi".
Debi (artist's conception).
Algonquin park is lovely, but we don't see that much of it.
We ride through it on Highway 60, the only paved road in the place.
It would probably be a good spot for a mountain bike or hybrid bike
For lunch, at mile 45, three of us had pizza, which isn't
necessarily the most sensible idea in the middle of a long ride
(Debi went for the sensible turkey sandwich).
Debi, Pat, pizza.
Crazy John, Dave, pizza. Crazy John, so named because of his constant
wisecracks, showed up soon after we did and helped keep us entertained.
Pat, pizza, Jonathan, pizza, John, Dave. Daryl and Sher were in
the background. If you've been riding up a lot of hills and not
feeling great about it, you can be sure that a sufficient quantity
of pizza will change the way you feel while hammering up the next
one (ask Pat--it worked for her!).
At mile 56, Debi blew buy a planned stop and so we lost her until
Huge dead-tree-processing operation. I'd never seen anything quite
like it, so I paused to get some shots; as a result I fell behind for
a few miles.
Like any sport, cycling is very psychological. Mile 55 of a 60 mile ride is
a struggle to finish, yet mile 55 of an 85 mile ride is a breeze. I'm not sure
if I was getting tired or if I was riding alone and letting my mind wander,
but I decided that any motor vehicle with a bike rack and bikes attached
was clearly haboring a bunch of lazy cheaters. And they were being rather blatant
about it. I think I even yelled at one of them.
A construction zone up ahead worked out smoothly for
me and slowly for Dave and Pat, so I caught them before the next
brief stop at mile 74. Back with the team, I scaled back on the crazy-Jonathan
Daryl, Sher, ice cream (photo from Dave's camera).
At mile 78, Sher and Daryl waved us into an ice cream place and we piled
some ice cream on top of the pizza. It's nice when your friends look
out for you like that. Rolo ice cream--quite the sugarfest.
The ride finished with drinks at
Wilno station, mile 85. There was some confusion over rooms,
leading Dave to be sent back to mile 82 by mistake, and again to mile
85, so he got in 91 to Debi's 85 and Pats 82 (she was staying at the
motel at mile 82).
The route had some nice scenery, despite being a major
thoroughfare (it was Rt. 60 from start to end). There were many hills
and some long, fun descents. Here I discovered that my computer
sometimes cuts out at high speed. Nevertheless, my computer
recorded a high speed of 43 mph, right at the top of my comfort
Canada Tour / Jonathan Krall / revised September 2005