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Tue Jun 4, 2002 - Sault. Ste. Marie

While Jeff has been busy writing, I've been busy socializing, so sorry for the lack up updates!! When I get back to Pickering I'll have lots of time to write everything down. For now Jeff's journal will have to do . We're heading out tomorrow for Iron Bridge, taking the Manitoulin island route to southern Ontario.

After a rest day here we're feeling quite a bit more rested. We've biked 1400km from Winnipeg with only 1 rest day in between, so it was quite the ride! Only a week or so until we're back home, it'll be nice to sleep in a real bed again! Biking through northern Ontario wasn't nearly as bad as I imagined, although some of the hills were defintely challenging. The scenery is wonderful, especially through Lake Superior provincial park. Saw quite a few moose through that area, something I hadn't seen before.

This is the first major city where we haven't had to visit a bike shop. The bikes are holding up extremely well, and we're quite happy with them. We're especially happy with the tires, I haven't had a flat since before Calgary, and Jeff hasn't had one since before Hope BC. That's awesome for road tires!

Look back for updates in a week and a half or so! I promise I'll make time to get everything written down

Sun Jun 23, 2002 - The wheels on the bike go round and round....

Yes, Jeff and I are heading out bright and early tomorrow morning. We're well fed and rested after our 2 week vacation, so we're looking forward to getting back into the swing of things!!

These past 2 weeks have been pretty busy, visited Waterloo for a bit, saw some friends from Pickering that I hadn't seen in ages, and somewhere in there I graduated. Whew! All in all a fun time. But it'll be nice to get back on the road for a couple more weeks! We'll keep you posted on all our adventures, so stay tuned!!

Thu Jun 27, 2002 - Ottawa (167km)

Our longest day yet! We left Virgina's around 8:15 or so, hoping to avoid the heat of the day. Environment Canada was calling for Thunderstorms later in the afternoon, and while we welcome the rain to cool us off, lightning is not something we want be around. Many rest stops were needed to cool off, and to refil our water supply. Today was the first day I actually need to use the water in my canteen to refill my water bottles.

We stopped around noon for half an hour or so, but decided to keep biking. Not soon after we found some shade beside a church, so we stopped for some PBJ sandwhiches. While we were stopped however, a thunderstorm had sneaked up behind us, so we had to get moving! The wind for once was behind us, pushing us along at 35km/h. Amazing! We got rained on a bit, which was even better. We kept that pace up for about 20k or so, managing to get to Smith Falls ahead of the storm. Hid out in the local Tim Hortons for the storm to pass, which it did quite quickly. By this point it was about 3 o'clock, and we were just over halfway to Ottawa.

That last stretch of the ride was grueling, we're still not back into the shape we were before arriving in Toronto, but the thought of an air-conditioned apartment kept us going . Just outside of Smith Falls, a dog decided to make our day a little more interesting. It came out of nowhere, snarling and growling. I didn't see it at first, since most dogs bark well before they get near you. This dog was intent on biting our legs though, and I had to remove my foot from the toe-clip so I could kick it if it came any nearer (at that point it was running alongside about 3 feet away). We quickly outran it though, leaving us with a rush of adrenaline which lasted about 10k. Too bad I didn't get a chance to use the bear spray on it .

After that we had an uneventful finish to the day, traffic was fairly light except for a few sections nearer towards Ottawa.

Route: Hwy 15 to Smith Falls, then the 4, to the 6 to the 73 up to Ottawa.

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