Monday, 26 July 2010

Sun and pine trees. Lots of both.

25th July: Bergland to Champion

Odometer: 142 km, Start: 8.45am, Finish: 6.15pm, Avg: 22.0 km/h,
Weather: Sunny, Temp: 16-28°C
Mosquito Bites: 79, Hills walked: 0
Road Conditions: #28, 0.75-1m shoulder, good surface all day, light traffic. Regular (very small) towns. Ascent: 375m/375m.

The sun shone down on me all day. It wasn’t that hot or particularly humid, but my sweat system seemed to be in overdrive. It was easily able to dump out the 8 or 9 litres of fluid I drank during today’s ride. I found the ride quite draining.

A lot of this on the #28...

The road didn’t help. Pine forests are nice to be around, but despite the greenery, they don’t make for interesting viewing for some reason. In fact they’re rather monotonous. The #28 spent most of today in pine forests and by the end of the day it was becoming a trial.


I took to the Old Hwy 28 a couple of times to break the ride up a bit. This road crossed the current highway at numerous points. It had mostly been returned to gravel but made a welcome change, nonetheless. Being closer to the trees (the same trees obviously) seemed to change the nature of the landscape. It was much better on the trail than on the road.

One stretch of Old Hwy 28

It wasn’t until nearly the end of the day that the landscape finally changed and I rode past a succession of large and beautiful lakes. By that time, though, I was tired and had had enough for today…

Scenery, finally. Lake at Michigamme
Flower of the day

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