Our little motel didn’t have air conditioning so we left windows open. The room was very fresh and cool upon arising this morning. Our hosts made breakfast to order for us and we both relished it. They knew we would be there when they opened and when we walked in, the table was set and they were waiting for us. As well as a great breakfast we had a delightful conversation. The owners are well versed about the area and filled us in on the economy, the mines and the connection to Canada’s Group of 7. We could have spent the morning visiting but we had several miles to go.
I may have mentioned in an earlier blog the many many signs warning of moose, calling them a night hazard. It seems the moose don’t read the signsand can’t tell the time of day. We were approaching a small slope and something came up onto the side of the road…A BIG MOOSE. I jammed on the brakes and came to a full stop about 150’ away from the moose who at this point was still on the side of the road. I guess he knew he had the right of way ( who was going to argue) so leisurely loped across the road. My camera was in the back seat and inaccessible so no photo. We later saw a dead one on the side of the road. My plastic front end and likely the car would be gone if we hit one. A little further down the road, the coyote leisurely walked on the shoulder coming towards us as we passed. He wasn’t the least concerned.
We have seen several signs telling of the speed limit and the fines imposed for breaking the limit. The speed limit is 90 yet the fines don’t start until 110 KM. You can tell the Ontario drivers, when you are travelling 100KM they pass you like you are standing still.The road is becoming tiring and we had to stop several times today to take a break. We both wanted to take a nap. We stopped at Wawa for lunch. The town was hopping as they had the drags races on. I wished we could have stayed awhile to watch them.
We arrived in Sault Ste Marie around 3 pm. I am glad we are taking a day off the road tomorrow. We have a day long train trip booked for tomorrow. We are taking the Agawa Canyon Tour. We will be travelling by train 114 miles north of the city over trestles, along the lakes and river, past granite formations and through forests. This is the landscape that inspired the Group of 7. We will descend into a canyon where we will have a break so we can walk and take in the scenery. It’s a full day from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Looking forward to taking a break from driving. It seems when I close my eyes, the scenery is rushing past me. Time to give my senses a change.