I decided that since we would be away overnight, we should make a trip of it and go down to Gananoque and tour the Thousand Islands. Then we could visit the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa tomorrow morning before picking the bike up around noon.
Yesterday, we picked up the trailer at the Mine Mill Campground and got a pair of Cinchtite 2 tie down straps. These are 1" straps that are five feet long. They are heavy duty and have the strap looped so it can't be pulled out of the ratchet mechanism. At home, we moved one of the Condor chocks to the centre channel and guessed at a good fore/aft location. Then I rode the bike in and got it fixed in the chock. The new straps were much easier to use than any others but I just put enough tension on them to keep the bike upright. I tied the rear down with my usual straps.
We were rolling at 7:00 AM this morning, stopping at Tim Horton's on the way out of town for a bacon breakfast wrap and coffee to go. We stopped again at the McDonald's in Sturgeon (easy parking) for a bathroom and muffin break. I spoke to an older rider from Montana on a GS BMW. He said he had done Alaska the last three years and was aiming for Nova Scotia this time for a change of pace.
North Bay was a pain as we caught every red light on the so-called bypass. East of North Bay on 17, I noted that the hills here are short but they are also steeper than almost anything I found in the Rockies. It is frustrating towing a load and climbing all these hills only to find that you end up at the same elevation you started at.
All was going well until we left Bissett Creek and encountered a flag person. We sat for a long while with nothing coming the other way until a pilot truck came into view leading a long line of vehicles. This was the 13 km stretch between there and Stonecliff that, according to the sign we saw in June, was to be finished rebuilding this year. In June I had my doubts because nothing had been started, but Miller Paving has the whole 13 kilometers torn up and is making great progress. We followed the pilot truck through gravel, dirt and some new blacktop until we made it out the other side.
This Segment Of Today's Route (284 Avalanche miles):
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