I set out today determined to cross back into Canada by midnight. After being caught by a storm the day before, I have over 175 km to get to the bridge between the US and Canada and the two cities of Sault Ste. Marie. It is a hot day and I take several breaks along the way to stay hydrated including a long lunch to eat a large pizza.
I get to see several Sandhill Cranes along the way, a bird I have not seen before.
Outside the relatively small town of Newberry, they list an amazing array of choices for formal worship.
And someone has placed a mailbox in front of all the signs that only a supernatural being could deliver mail to. Even Dikembe Mutumbo could not reach this.
I follow route 28 most of the day but as it gets closer to Sault Ste. Marie, the shoulder gets narrower so I cut up north on route 123. Like the urinal with the Jane Fonda sticker in it, signs continue to suggest this is conservative territory.
This also leads to a peaceful scenic drive along Lake Superior, the Whitefish Bay Scenic Byway through the Hiawatha National Forest. I find the historical plaques leave out a lot of history. They make no mention of any inhabitants of the area around the lake before it was discovered.
The scenic drive leads to a US Indian reserve and is completely free of traffic.
Then one arrives at the massive Bay Mills Casino and a little while later to a sacred burial ground. What contrasts.
I keep pedaling towards Sault Ste Marie well after sunset. My plan is to go over the bridge close to midnight when there is hardly any traffic. There are no lanes for bicycles and there is no shoulder so that, I think is safest. The lady at the bridge toll booth agrees with me and sends me over with a wish of luck.
And here is another amateur attempt to capture something by video as I cross the bridge.
Stats – for Sunday 15 July 2012
Start: Seney, Michigan
Finish: Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
Distance: 178 km
Time on Bike: 9 hours 8 minutes
Average Speed: 19.8 km/hr
Distance to Date: 4,945 km