A short ride that seemed to take forever

Trip Start Sep 05, 2010
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Trip End Sep 14, 2010


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The Coach House Motel

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Tuesday, September 7, 2010

This morning we woke up to a cold rain.  The weather changed for the worse during night.  Ate breakfast at the Tim Hortons in town, where we also bought out lunch as we figured getting lunch on the way would be difficult due to the remoteness of the area.  We left Wawa and soon found ourselves in a blowing mist/rain.  We've discovered that we can feel each temperature change even when it's a degree up or down.  So when the temperature drops a couple of degrees we brace ourselves and when it goes up we are cheered.  Temperature ranged from 50 to 57 degrees F.  With the rain - a cold day.

So far this has been the most remote leg of our trip.  Only one small town approx. every 50 miles.  No rest areas or stops.  Just a lot of road signs warning about moose.  So far, no moose sightings. 

About 1 PM we came to the small town of Marathon, stopped in visitor's center which doubles as a ski lodge in the winter.  We were able to eat our lunch there, warm up, and talk with the couple who were serving as hosts.  They were very interesting, the wife was the longest living resident in Marathon.  We learned that the economy in these northern Canadian communities are quite depressed.  They were hit hard by the recession and have not recovered.  Terrace Bay is a very depressed area due to the closure of the local paper mills.  There is a large gold mining operation in Marathon (between Wawa
and Terrace Bay) but they haven't hired many of the laid off workers.

In the afternoon we stopped at Aquasabon Falls which were 'OK'.  Like I said before we
have a benchmark to measure all falls with now - the Sand River Falls.

Our hotel was sufficient.  It was very clean and the owners are very congenial.  They also have a small cafe there where they serve supper and breakfast.  We ate supper in town but had breakfast and conversation in the cafe.  We were the only guests and they said that due to the economy business is down by more than half.

On to Grand Marais and the USA!

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Comments

Marcia on

I am enjoying all your pictures.

John D'Aguanno on

Great pictures, thank you for sharring. I enjoy your comments. I look forward to doing the Grand circle tour next year on my motorcycle.

I look forwarsd to reading your future comments.

thanks and God Bless!

R Young on

I visited this spot many years ago with my wife, before we had children. I will always remember it fondly. Free, a short and beautiful hike and a wonderful sight.

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