To date: 3,569.5 km
To go: 4,230.5 km
Woken up around 2am by some intense snoring. Turns out I gained a room-mate during the night. I find out later that he is an American who drove up to look for Amethyst – apparently quite common in this area.
I don’t spend too long in town – I work on the blog a bit, then I head to the marina for a touch of sight-seeing. Something I have been looking forward to since the beginning of my ride was seeing the Terry Fox monument (this is where he had to stop running on his journey across Canada). I rode up to the highway and was disappointed to see there was no bikes allowed! How was I supposed to get to his statue? I hate breaking the rules, but decided it was worth it, and rolled my bike on past the sign. I was worried though. The highway was very busy and when I saw that the shoulder 100% disappeared I decided to give up. Luckily from this point I could see his massive statue overlooking the road and although I was annoyed at the poor planning – I mean who puts a monument to this great man who ran (RAN) half way across Canada while battling cancer in a place where only people in cars can access it???? Come on now.
On my ride back down the hill I ran into Scott who faced the same dilemma as I. His was a bit more serious as he had previously been kicked off the highway by the OPP (Ontario police)… he decided to go anyway. At this point I heard from Alex, who was at the library, so I rode back to town to see if I could find him. No luck.
In his message he said he was staying in some campground outside of town, so I decided to ride out of town and stop at the first campground. This turned out to be 40km down the road…. and no sign of Alex. Oh well.
**To his friends and family who are reading – I meet up with Alex again in another couple of days.