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.
|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!