Ganesh

Buck Miller, a North Bay native, told me that the only paved road between South River and North Bay is Highway 11 and bikes are not allowed on it. The only route for a cyclist is on gravel, 23 miles of it. I complained that I hated gravel. He said, “Then throw your bike in a car and drive there.”

When I first started cycling this morning, the road was paved. I tricked myself into thinking that Canadians just mean chip seal road when they say gravel. Then, after five miles when the gravel began, I dropped my delusion. Too late, I remembered that Buck also said to put on bug repellent. While simultaneously batting at deer flies and wiping the humidity off my glasses, I tried to keep my balance while plummeting and climbing terrain upon gravel bits. I needed Ganesh, who has extra arms, to remove obstacles.

Moving body parts are a little harder for deer flies to land on. Think about what body part is immobile while a person cycles. Yes, there I have a couple dozen welts. With three more miles of gravel to go, I stopped for an instant to take a phone call from a reporter. I found myself instantly in a cloud of deer flies. The only option to deal with both the flies and balance was to keep moving. Said Einstein, “Life is like riding a bicycle; to remain balanced, you must keep moving.”

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Some spots you can only get to by riding gravel
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Possibly the end of the gravel for the day

I knew it would get better as the day wore on because there were trails at the end and we would be meeting Chris Kinvig and his family. I met Chris in Austin on April 5. He came to the rescue when Brenda Mueller and I were sitting on a sidewalk trying to figure out an alternative to cycling across a dam with water running over it. As we followed Chris on a rocky route around our obstacle, we learned that he is Canadian and that his wife is from North Bay. I told him I’d be in North Bay for a bike ride in July and he said he might be there then. Sure enough, his vacation and my bike ride dates coincided. Chris’s wife, Heather, and her parents and their children went all out and made three things happen. First, Liz Moore, the Nipissing deputy-mayor, had the local museum/candy shop prepare a welcome for us. WOW! Then they invited us to their home just 2 miles off the route. And they got a TV reporter interested in the story!

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On right is Liz Moore, the deputy mayor of Nipissing, who found and welcomed us on the highway. In the center is a local cyclist who wanted to be sure everything was okay.

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Chris, our rescuer in Austin, and his inlaws, wife, and daughters at Nipissing Museum
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Lake Nipissing

The local TV station covered my peace story briefly. https://northernontario.ctvnews.ca/video?binId=1.3523149. (Minutes 14:16 – 15:00)

Twenty two miles and a couple hours after all the excitement, I intersected my 2018 route across Canada and completed another section of the peace sign.

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Ride details

Start: South River ON

End: North Bay ON

Distance: 66.58 miles

Total distance: 1306.63 miles (2101.8 km) in 28 days

Elevation gain: 2316 feet

Strava track: https://www.strava.com/activities/2524665922

Relive video: https://www.relive.cc/view/g37287164752

© 2019 Lynnea C Salvo

 

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15 thoughts on “Ganesh

  1. too cool lynne. the deer flies and worse still, the black-flies, are legendary in those parts. kudo’s to you for persevering give us a nod when you leave Wichita.

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    1. Thanks, Andy! I had read about deer flies but never experienced them crossing Canada last summer. The tough part is that they have coincided with gravel roads on this trip. – a very challenging combination for me.

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  2. One more step down the road, Lynn. You have a small army (okay, mob) behind you pleased to have a small part in your grand undertaking.

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  3. Congratulations on completing another section of your peace sign. I have enjoyed your tour of the Underground Railroad and peace journey.

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  4. Hi Lynn
    We so enjoyed being a part of your journey. I’m glad you and Suzie came to our place for a lunch. You are an inspiration to our family. Lyne Jewell ( Chris’ mother in law) xoxox

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  5. Wow! You’re amazing. I think I would have opted for the car. Now you need a gravel bike.

    Chris et al sound wonderful. I love how you pick up admirers and make friends throughout your journey

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  6. hi lynn. hope you’ve had a chance to recover just a bit over those nasty fly bites and maybe get some quality sleep time. can’t wait for the middle spoke of the peace sign to be completed. we’d love to be at the ultimate finish line, but brandon on whatever date seems to be a go. please be careful on your way and whenever you do begin this next leg, we’ll be cheering for you. rest up. andy and Julia.

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    1. Andy and Julia, I am really touched by your enthusiasm and encouragement! Am I reading this right that you might come to Brandon for the finish of that leg? I’d be honored!!!!

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      1. we’re on the edge of our seats. bike seats. very, very good chance we can make it, once we know the time line. nice easy run straight north. enjoy.

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