After working through a list of things that needed to be done before we left, we hooked up the trailer, loaded the bike and stowed most of the gear last night for an early morning getaway. We hit the road at 6:35 AM under clear skies and, as usual, into a headwind as we headed west on Highway 17 towards the Soo. I had originally planned to go through Minneapolis and down I-35 but, after pricing hotels and finding a Super 8 was $100 in that area (probably due to the oil shale exploration folks), I opted to go via Green Bay and Appleton where a king bed room could be had for $55.
I picked up breakfast to go at Tim's in McKerrow where a group of Sea Cadets were waiting for a bus to take them on some adventure. I remember being fourteen in my Army Cadet uniform waiting for a bus to take me to Camp Ipperwash for six weeks.
I slowed the pace to 55 MPH into the head wind as I wished I had gotten more than four hours sleep last night. We noted going through Blind River that the large side parking lot at Tim's was blockaded. I have no idea what this will do to business since there is often not enough room to park even with the side lot.
The trip to the Soo was uneventful but I did see a GoldWing trike towing a one wheeled Uni-Go trailer. That was an odd combination since the Uni-Go's forte is being able to lean with the bike. We met the highway line painters again near Bruce Mines and then made a pit stop at a picnic area just west of there. It looks like the province may be saving money by not putting chemicals in the outhouses because they were pretty rank.
In the Soo, we took the truck bypass so we could stop and see Spyder's new gastronomical emporium, which is about two blocks from my brother Dave's house. Last Minute Mama's officially opened yesterday and has a large menu including stuffed chicken wings. We still don't know how they stuff them. Spyder and Jake were getting set up for business when we rolled in. They offered to make us a sample but we will stop by on the way back instead when we can really enjoy the food.
We rolled onto the International Bridge at 11:10. It didn't seem too backed up, but we didn't clear the border until noon. Time in the booth was brief, however, and they once again did not ask to look in the trailer. Or drag me inside for secondary inspection.
I watched the NASCAR Daytona night race as I posted bills, uploaded photos and transcribed notes for the day. I got the blog entries for the Canada Day weekend and Trucker's visit posted but didn't get today's entry finished. Checking our potential destination for tomorrow, Chamberlain South Dakota, I see it is also in a zone of $100 Super 8's. This time we don't have an alternate route. As for the NASCAR race, the fickle finger of fate took out some of my Fantasy League drivers. As usual.
I managed to get to bed before 11:00 PM although Sandy had turned in long before. A good first day on the road.
Today's Route (511 Avalanche/trailer miles):