Monday, 29 July 2013

Days 28 & 29 of the EPIC Ride – Marathon – White River; White River – Wawa, ON

Day 28
Thursday, July 25, 2013
Marathon – White River, ON
Distance: 100 km
Grey, rainy, and cold

Day 29
Friday, July 26, 2013
White River – Wawa, ON
Distance: 97 km
Grey and rainy

Today we headed out from Marathon to go 190 km to Wawa, ON. Thanks again to our billets in Marathon; Lakeview Manor Bed & Breakfast, and George & Joy Bot. Thanks as well to Sarah & Chris Whaley for feeding us dinner and arranging our billets.

Evan and I left Marathon after doing a few errands and caught up with Dave and Luke. They were pretty cold and wet. After a rest break we went on ahead to White River. After a couple hours, Evan got a message from Dave that they had stopped at a restaurant to warm up, because they were so cold and wet. We met them about 20 km back from where we were for another break, and then about an hour or so later, they made it to White River. Since it was cold and rainy, and Dave and Luke were tired and sore from the previous day’s difficult 209 km, we decided to stay in the town at a motel for the night. We got A & W for dinner and shared a good-sized motel room at the Continental Motel, with plans to make it the other 90 km to Wawa the next day.

In the morning, we slept in a bit and avoided having to ride in the rain at the beginning of the morning.
After breakfast and packing up, we left town around 11 and Dave and Luke headed out. Since we’d cut yesterday short, and made today short as well, we encountered the Tour Du Canada cyclists a couple of times. They actually started about 30 km west of us and were going a ways east of Wawa.

We ended up getting to Wawa before 4 pm. When Evan and I got there at about 2, we stopped to see the Wawa Goose, and then visited Wilderness Helicopters to see their helicopters.

For the night, we stayed at Calvary Pentecostal Church in Wawa thanks to the pastor, Brian, who let us use their facilities. We had spaghetti and meat sauce, watched a movie, and slept in the sanctuary while it poured outside.

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