I said to Timo yesterday that today was going to be an easy ride because it was so short, only 100 km. I was wrong. We had the roughest roads yet of the trip the entire day, from Espanola all the way into Sudbury on Hwy 17 and Hwy 55. We had 10 km of this:
And about 90 km of this:
But more importantly, once again, we met some great people, starting off with Mark Bond who cycled 30 km with me to and from my starting point today at the intersection of Birch Creek Road and Hwy17. He and his wife, Jan, hosted us the previous evening.
I had a chance to stop by and visit with Pastor Josh at All Nations Church who gave me a tour of their new facility. It holds 500 people in the main auditorium. My wife Anne-Marie came from this church when she started work with Campus Crusade for Christ, now Power to Change Ministries
I also had a chance to visit with my sister-in-law, Louise, but forgot to get a picture with her. I keep missing some good photos. Then we meet with Pastor Markus who fed us a lasagna supper and introduced us to ten people in his church who came to hear us speak and give generously for the wells. They gathered around us to pray and send us on our way.
Today was the beginning of the second half of our cycling. It is hard to believe that in 8 days it will all be over! Timo and I stopped in Echo Bay at the memorial to the designer of the loonie, Robert Ralph Carmichael. I was reminded of the boy at Duncan’s camp who gave us a loonie for the wells from his snack (or tuck) money.
We needed an early start, just after 7 AM when it was only 11 Celsius, because we had a long day ahead of us – 206 km. Much of the first part was through Amish country.
After lunch I did the next 50 km stretch alone until I caught up to Camille Dionne who is cycling from northwest BC, where she had done tree planting as a summer job, to Montreal. I couldn’t believe that she too was wearing a watermelon helmet just like Patrick, with whom we hooked up outside Kenora. She traveled the final 40 km with us to Massey, ON with her pannier bags in our RV and drafting with Timo and I. She had no trouble matching our speed.
We did arrive in time for a shower, a quick supper to get to the Lighthouse where we shared about GAiN and the wells. They warmly welcomed us, listened attentively, asked many questions and gave generously. Thank you to the folks of the Lighthouse for helping with the cause and to Mark and Jan who are hosting us for the evening.
Paul and Gaye got up very early to send us off with a hearty breakfast of bacon, eggs and cinnamon buns. Because we had a meet and greet in Thunder Bay and a speaking engagement at Camp Duncan that evening, Patrick and I (Timo was still in Thunder Bay) got underway around 6:45. Busy speaking schedules make for long days. It was the first day we had rain during the cycling.
Timo chose to ride out to join as and bring us in to Thunder Bay where we met the owner of one of the Tim Horton’s in town. She kindly set up a table where people coming into her store could make a donation and spin the wheel to get a small prize. All prizes were donated. Over $200 was given to the wells. Thank you, Christine.
Patrick left us, but then Kari joined us to take me on to Camp Duncan where Nancy and the children’s camp warmly welcomed us with food and an opportunity to meet about 40 kids. I was allowed an opportunity to share our story as an example of how someone can hear God speak to them. One boy, out of the goodness of his heart, gave us $1 for the wells from his “tuck” or snack money. He touched us all.