Ontari-ari-ari-ooo!

Trip Start Jul 26, 2009
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Trip End Aug 05, 2009


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Monday, August 3, 2009

When you're motorcycling across the continent, and find yourself waking up in a nice place like the Fairmont Hotel in Winnipeg, you are loath to move quickly. We eased slowly into the day today. Slept in. Had breakfast at the hotel. Shawn went and used the hot tub. It was not a "go-getter" kinda morning, it was a gentle start. We hit the road at the crack of... umm... noon-ish.

Rolling out of Winnipeg, you soon come across a highway marker which declares itself to be the longitudinal center of Canada. That old Bob Seger song leapt into my mind: "Starin' out at the great divide, I could go east I could go west, It was all up to me to decide." But of course, we're going east.

At one point we had considered trying for Thunder Bay today, but revised our target to try for Fort Frances. We stopped at the border and got pictures of the "Welcome to Ontario" sign. Very exciting!

The land in Ontario is so very...Ontario. It just *feels* like home to me. When I was in B.C, Montana, North Dakota, even most of Manitoba, the land felt different. Once you approach that Ontario border, it just starts to feel like "cottage country" to me. There are large chunks of the Canadian Shield jutting up against the roadway, which twists and turns and moves up and down hill at a very agreeable and natural pace. There are lakes and rivers everywhere. I often say if you chuck a rock in northern Ontario the odds are 50-50 that it'll make a splash when it comes back down...there are *that* many lakes.

We rolled into Kenora, and what a treat awaited us there! Kenora was having their "Harbourfest" along the main drag, which runs right along the edge of the Lake of the Woods. We parked and went to check it out. There were probably 100 incredible cars all on display in the park next to the waterfront, and there were antique wooden boats on display at the waterfront, and then there were a bunch of float planes. Arr Arr Arrrrr,,,Tim the Tool-man Taylor you can eat your heart out, what a great display!

And it was hot and sunny. Oh, and there was a tent with live music, and Shawn and I found a bar with food and beer... We were good about the beer, since we knew we still had to drive, but we spent a long time in Kenora and really enjoyed its crazy summer festival. Oh, and I got a great tatoo...a Dragon, since I was born in the Year of the Dragon.

Later days...bye.
Be good, :-)
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carolannelove
carolannelove on

With hopes as high as the tallest trees
Okay okay - enough ontari-ari-ari-o references, right?
I too have stayed at the Fairmont in Peg - great breakfasts :-) Don't blame you at all for the late start.
2 more suggestions for driving songs - Go Your Own Way and Born To Wander.
Now you two just Keep on Keeping on.
Love, Carol

carolannelove
carolannelove on

Ummm - about the tattoo
Did you really get a tattoo?
Carol

markhamdons
markhamdons on

Tattoo
Hold on a second...you get a tattoo in Fort Francis, site unseen, but you question about a place in Ottawa.....

By the way... I have read your whole blog. I want a beer

markpatterson
markpatterson on

Tattoo
Bill, I hope you woke up with that after being hammered at some random Hell's Angels bar......and the tattoo's not henna !!!!! It'd be nice to have a lasting memory of your trip and the kids to have some ammunition for when they want one !!!!!!!

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