Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Day 3 - That wasn't so bad!

This is a fun blog post to write, because it is somewhat outdated.  But chronological we will go, so here's day 3:
We bonded.

We started the day right at the Koning Keelan's in Peterborough, and rolled out around 8:00am.  On an overcast day, we were slowed by city traffic for the first hour, but quickly found our groove.  And by groove, I really mean we were really motoring.  We hit average moving speeds of 22-30km/hr, which is great but I am surprised that we are already at those speeds this early in the trip.  We breaked early and often, to refill, refuel, rest and stretch.

The route was almost exclusively Highway 7, which was very favourable as for the most part it has pavement to the right of the white line.  We were surprised by how precisely Google estimated our Garmin distance; two possible factors are less elevation change, and basically no turns.  In total, we did the 151kms in 9 hours, including 2.5 hours of breaks.  Factors affecting our dramatic increase in speed/efficiency from the day before include elevation (total climb less than half of the day before), conditioning and learning, and the overcast skies.
Ontario Provincial Parks FTW

The unanimous feeling is: "great."

That night we spent at Sharbot Lake Provincial Park.  It was our first night "roughing it," but it really wasn't that rough.  After being pampered for the first two nights, we were finally responsible for our own food and accommodations.  The tent went up for the first time in about 5 minutes, but the water on our tiny stove took about 30 minutes to boil.  We jumped in the lake and collected a $20 donation from a fellow camper.

Bedtime stretch
Special thanks to Roseanne from the Havelock East End Market for the strawberries and water, and Louis from the campground for sheltering our bikes from the rain.

More to come from from Day 4 later tonight...


  1. enjoying watching your journey, sounds like fun and pain. What's the saying no pleasure without pain. I guess you have to experience the bad to appreciate the good. Hope it cools off for you soon. Happy trails.