Walking to Sault Ste. Marie & Camping at Velorution Bike and Ski Shop

The North Shore of Lake Huron is very scenic, with large expanses of open fields, and an equal mix of some beautiful mixed forests along the way for the much needed shade from the sun.  These forests provided some of the most beautiful surroundings for camping I have ever experienced.

The day before arriving in Sault Ste. Marie (the Soo) to pickup my box of food and rest day, some residents of a small rural area 30 km outside of the Soo showered me with kindness .  It all started when I stopped in front of an old, white, rural church, where a a cyclist I met along the way told me that he sometimes sets his tent up at church’s along the way, so I was briefly contemplating this when a couple taking a bike ride asked if I was walking across Canada and if I needed anything.  I paused for a moment, and replied “Not across all of Canada, and some water would be great if you could”.  The husband said that after the ride they would bring me and stuff, and in a stunned voice I said “thank you so much”, then sat on the grass and positioned my cart so I could comfortably lean my back against it.

Note: Photo was taken in the morning after I moved all my belongings to the front to dry in the sun while I cooked some oatmeal. I was camped in the back with all the mosquitoes in the area!

About a half an hour later, a lady stopped in a car and asked if everything was ok.  I told her that I was doing fine, and was thinking of camping here for the night, since I was tired.  She said ok, and was just wondering if I was ok or needed anything.  I told her that I have food, but could always use some more food, where she replied that she would bring me some stuff when she drives back up the road tonight.  Well, after a short period of time, she handed me a white plastic grocery bag of food, and I thanked her profusely (below).

Note: The bread of the peanutbutter and jelly sandwich is toasted!  I love a toasted sandwich!

After stuffing the sandwich in my face, that couple showed up with beer, ice water, candy, and other food items.  We all sat infront of the church drinking our beers, where we had some great conversation for an hour or more.  It was great to meet this couple, and to feel welcomed by this small community.  I don’t think I will ever get tired of the kindness bestowed on me by the people of northern Ontario during this odyssey!  These moments are such a great reward.

I slept with the horses that night, but I think I went to bed with a smile on my face!

I am now in Sault Ste. Marie (the Soo) after having the best stretch of weather and adventures since I started in May.  The banner photo is of my new Velorution Bike and Ski camp friends.  Velorution Bike and Ski is a shop conviently located near the Trans Canada Highway that offers free camping for cyclists and others (one guy was hitch hiking across Canada and me).  They offer you a spot in the backyard to pitch a tent, and you have access to a bathroom, shower, electrical outlets, and water in the shop, even at night.  Thanks Velorution Bike and Ski!

The walking has now become automatic, rythmic, and most of all, peaceful.  I can now say that I am a walking machine, but even this walking machine needs to pickup food from the postal office and rest for a day.

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