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The cold is descending upon us. It is early and the weather is unusually cold. This is a nice challenge for me. I enjoy getting my cloths organized and the feeling of warmth from the cloths o choose.
We have already had a thin layer of snow. It created a lot of ice on the road for just a short time. I saw three accidents. To say biking in winter is unsafe is a miss leading statement. However the automobile is even more dangerous. I can’t balance this risk for others. However for me I am much more comfortable on my bike.
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Japan presents some different challenges to me. Language and familiarity are perhaps the biggest.
I will admit that I have not had much time to even think about this trip. Some of the knibbly questions are familiar. How to get my bike to and from the airport. Telephone and Internet. Mapping.
I normally would look at postings by others. Just have not had time nor have I been focused.
That said I am relying on my experience elsewhere. I know I must be prepared for the unexpected and don’t put a lot of faith in any time schedule.
just a little bike ride at home helps me ground myself in the thought of a bigger ride
Simply said, I am going to Ride around Japan. I leave Oct 2, 2019 and return October 23 2019. A short trip but one that should prove challenging. Language, geography, and just riding hills. I am going with my Friend Will from the Netherlands. I am not sure of the route and probably won’t know it perfectly. You can follow my on my Inreach device. The link is on the first page.
I intend to learn something about the country, customs, food and people. I hope to come away from this adventure with a better understanding of how I do in Asia. This is really a challenge.
More to come
I made it to Toronto. It’s a beautiful city with lots of bike infrastructure. Riding from Exeter I got to Kritchener where I met Dave and his wife Chris. True adventurers they let me stay with them (warm showers). And we could have talked till three in the morning.
Off to Burlington which was an enjoyable back road ride. Many farms. I stayed at an overpriced holiday in. I thought they quoted me the rate in Canadian dollars. They charged the rate in US dollars. A big difference.
Yesterday was Canada day and the maple leaf was waiving proudly all along mr journey Got into a parade in port credit
I am on my way to NewFoundland. Today is day 12 and I am in Exeter Onterio. A farming community near lake Huron. I decided to stop as a big thunderstorm was approaching and I needed a break anyway. I have ridden about 800 Miles or 1,300 K. The biggest challenge thus far was navigating all the broken baths in Wisconsin. The tragedy is that many small towns are hurting because they are broken. I understand that new money is on its way.
Foutantain City Wisconsin
Well this was the first broken path. The road was under repair. Only 1000 feet (300 meters) and we had to detour up an over this very big climb 8 miles or 12 K instead of being allowed to walk our bikes through the construction. The town on the other side was dead. Killed by the construction I think.
We encountered rain, the camp was 3 miles out of town along the river. $60.00 for three people to sleep next to a train track that went all night long. This was a kind of a rip off.
Good camping at the county par\k. but a pain to get out to the glacial trail to milwaukee
Lucked out and stayed at the Cream City Hostel. We were the first guest ever. I stuck around a couple of days and helped get it ready for the grand opening. Took the early morning ferry across no hassle $106.
Rode from Muskegon to Ionia. Camped at Berthe Park. $15.00 was my price. No amenities and woke up realizing it was next to the state Prison. Probably pretty safe. I rode to Flint.
Decided to hotel it. Big city you know. Amazing bike trails. Part of the ride on Divison Street was a bit rough. Lots of glass. Yes I drank the water. Probably the safest in the world now.
I was instructed by Adventure cycling maps to cross at Marine City on a ferry. However the Ferry has been out of services for several years. So I had to figure out how to cross the bridge. Not easy to figure out except talking to locals helped. There is this cement bunker like building under the bridge where you go in an push a button to M DOT. It is spooky. The lady who answered was very nice. They take people over in a pick up truck only when the bridge is not busy, That means early morning and late evenings.
I stayed at a KOA. not recommended as it is expensive and the tent site was littered with soda bottle caps and aigrette butts. also very $$
Pinery Provincial park
Once across the bridge, I enjoyed a Timmy Hortons, beyond meat sandwich and tooled along lake Huron to Pinery. It was a lovely ride until the trail ran out. It sent me onto a very busy road with no shoulder. It make the last 25 Kilometers 15 miles of my ride very irritating. The camp site was nice however. I camped next to the sand dunes.
I made it to Exeter. I expected to encounter a lot of traffic. but I found a route that was fantastic. Through farm land. The problem I had was figuring out where to stay. It is a national holiday and everything is booked. Not good. So I am doing my laundry. When in doubt, wash
That’s it for now Tom
I will be riding from Minneapolis to Newfoundland this summer (2019) I am leaving June 16th. my route will take me to Milwaukee Wisconsin, ferry across lake Michigan and then a trip from Wolf Lake to Marine City Michigan. I will take the northern great lakes route to Toronto, then Montreal, Quebec, and then on over to Halifax. I will go across the bridge from Nova Scotia to Prince Edward Island where I intend to Ride the confederation trail. From there I’ll get back to Sydney NS and hop a ferry to St. John’s NF. I have not decided what I will do after that. I want to keep traveling, but knowing how things in this world work, I should come home.
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