Day 38 – Wawa to Agawa Bay, Lake Superior Provincial Park – Total distance traveled 4016kms

I’m listening to the sound of the surf pushing a million round pebbles up the beach, only to have them roll back down again as the water retreats. I’m walking down a beach that never seems to end. A cool wind coming off of Lake Superior alternates with a warm breeze from the south. Now I’m watching a sunset with ever changing skies that’s lasted nearly two hours.

This is Agawa Bay on Lake Superior.

My post today was going to start with the usual: I battled against a 25km headwind blah, blah, blah. The heat was exhausting blah, blah, blah. The hills were long and never ended, and so on.

All of that was washed away with a walk along the beach, letting the cool water swirl around my toes, and watching the sun go down.

Now I’m laying in my tent listening to the surf. It’s so peaceful that I’m struggling to stay awake.

And I got here on my own power. No car, no gas, and no smelly exhaust fumes.

This is cycle touring at it’s finest.

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Camping on the beach

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Pebbles in the sand

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Sunset

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Never ending sunset…

Stats
Distance traveled today – 94.2 kms
Moving time -5 hours and 53 minutes
Moving avg – 16.0 kms/hour
Elevation – 184m

Giving

The United Way is about helping others in our community to have a better life. I hope that my journey will serve as inspiration for others, that if you sent your goals big and overcome challenges you can do amazing things. The United Way gives people in our community the support they need to overcome their challenges.

Please consider making a donation here. FYI, all the donations are collected through an organization called CanadaHelps through a feature called GivingPages, which enables people to raise money online for the charities they support, such as the United Way of Toronto.

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Day 37 – White River Provincial Park to Wawa – 3922kms

This was one of the hardest days cycling yet. 31C temperatures and a strong, gusty headwind. Plus I can’t find a draught beer in sight. But I finally made it to Wawa Ontario.

When I become Prime Minister the first law I’m going to pass is mandatory draught beer in every licensed restaurant, pub, lounge, tavern and bar. It’s environmentally friendly right?

Right now I need sleep. An interesting and challenging day to look forward to tomorrow.

More on that later.

Seven hours later…

Ok now that I’m had some sleep I can include some pics from the day.

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White Lake from the bridge

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White River – where Winnie got his start

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Meet Hiro from Japan cycling from Toronto to Kamloops

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Watch out for moose and… cross country skiers?

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Wawa Ontario

There’s a very inspiring story about how Trans-Canada Highway 17 got extended to Wawa. Originally the TC only went as far as Sault Ste Marie. The towns people lobbied hard for the highway to be extended to this remote mining community. Politicians made promises but none delivered.

Finally, in 1951 four gentleman from Wawa decided to prove a point: if they could walk the last 60kms of rugged coastline into Wawa then surely a highway could be built. And that’s exactly what they did. It was a difficult journey but they made it. It was called Project Michipicoten. The highway was finally completed in 1960.

What a great source of inspiration: Four men, with a town backing them, who refused to believe it was impossible, and changed the course of history for this small town.

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Project Michipicoten

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The typical northern town

Stats
Distance traveled today – 132 kms
Moving time – 6 hours and 56 minutes
Moving avg – 19.0 kms/hour
Elevation – 304m

Giving

Please consider making a donation to the United Way of Toronto here. FYI, all the donations are collected through an organization called CanadaHelps through a feature called GivingPages, which enables people to raise money online for the charities they support, such as the United Way of Toronto.