After meticulous planning we decided that we should try to get to Thunder Bay in one day from Manatoulin Island. That’s over 1,000 km. If we did it, we would not have to go over 400 miles on any other day and still make it to Vancouver by the 1st.
We had a bad start. We chose to have breakfast at a Tim Horton. To sum up, if Michelin ever visits a Tim Horton they will immediately award one star to McDonald’s. The service was slow, the sausage biscuit was soggy and tasteless, the hash browns were flabby, the doughnuts were made sometime yesterday; even the coffee tasted bad. We have no idea what item on the menu is “Always Fresh.” We didn’t have it.
After breakfast things got better. The weather was perfect and the scenery beautiful. We agreed, however, that the best way to enjoy the lake and the woods would be to stop and sit down for a few hours. Perhaps a cottage would be a good idea? After a few hundred kilometers we found a pullout (not many are signed). In this one spot we found lots to see.
Wildflowers abounded. We passed hundreds of km. of them beside the road. These yellow and white flowers were the most common, but occasionally you could see fields of lupine.
These were everywhere on our little beach.
Lots of puffy white clouds.
I think these are swallowtails.
A driftwood dolphin? No real dolphins in Lake Superior.
More clouds rolling in.
All this from just one stop!
We had a cracker and cheese lunch and ploughed on. The rains did come, sometimes quite hard, but with only modest traffic they didn’t cause any trouble. By the time we were ready for dinner they had stopped. We chose the Red Dog Motel in Terrace Bay just by chance – Alice had been demanding Lake Superior Whitefish (not Lake Ontario, Lake Superior…) and the menu of this otherwise ordinary-looking restaurant had fresh Walleye. It turned out to be very good – a winner!
200 km later we were in Thunder Bay at 9:15. Now we can relax. Only 400 miles to Winnipeg.