Highway 17 East at 1 AM!

Paper work has been sent off and the SaddleSore 1600 is done.

Odometer reading at Start and Finish

With 20 minutes left on the clock and 50 extra kilometres on the odometer.  It was touch and go for the last two hours as I rode back towards Toronto and the Esso on Front Street where I started this little journey. Low hanging misty fog was covering the Muskoka Region. Traffic began to pick up as I neared Barrie and I was not sure that I had enough time. In the end it all worked out just as it should and everything fell into place.

It was suggested I run the lake clockwise which was a brilliant suggestion (Thank you Brett).

International Bridge, Sault Ste Marie

Both border crossings on the front end proved to be a good strategy. The Sault Sainte Marie crossing took almost an hour and I really would not have wanted to attempt Sarnia Blue Water Bridge at 6 in the morning. 

I had a little trepidation about leaving the Soo at 1 o’clock in the morning. Not one to ride at night for the obvious reasons of wildlife and human nightlife gave me a little bit of nerves. This disappeared very quickly once I got into a grove on the Trans-Canada Highway. This section of road between Sault Sainte Marie and North Bay is a perfect night ride. The tarmac is all recently paved, gentle turns with passing lanes predictably present when needed. Stars where bright and bold. Temperature was a perfect 15 degrees and the smell of pine trees and fresh cool water filled my open visor. I couldn’t have asked for a better summer night in August to do this ride. 

I will change a few things up on the next IBA ride. More water, fewer borders to cross and most likely a linear route in the middle of a bigger ride. That is next time and right now this one done!


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