|Our new thing: XL hot chocolate with three cups. Saves $0.40 each.|
We started Day 44 at the Terry Fox lookout and make great time into a strong cross/headwind. The wind is gusting over 15km/hr across us, but as the road is winding, it is often a headwind. This terrain is also the hilliest that we have experienced since the Rockies. All of these usual factors - wind, hills, rain (yes, we got poured on once, and rained on again later in the day) - would normally combine for a brutally difficult effort, probably ending no earlier than 10:00pm. But with the support of the Martins, we don't have any panniers, and we don't have to worry about the logistics of the water and food. This will allow us to do some incredible things over the next two days.
|The safest we ever were - we finished this day around 9:00pm.|
|Kyle muscling up a hill near Nipigon.|
Both of these days, with the speed and ascent, would not have been possible without the Support Vehicle (pictured in the background, above). Dennis and Helen literally going the extra mile - sometimes three times as they backtrack - to take a large load off our bikes and minds. We are better rested, better fed, more clean, and more agile than we would have otherwise expected to be.
Last point, on the schedule. After having "spent" most of our time compensating for problems (Thunder Bay) and leveling scheduled long days (three times in the past week), we now plan to end the next day in Wawa - right back on schedule. With six days left, this should put us in the right position to make our scheduled arrival. But we hear there could be thunderstorms tomorrow...