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Day 21: Dryden to Upsula 211 km

DSC_5020After a great breakfast at Sandi’s we had a 7 am departure from Dryden. What a great community and great people. As we headed out to Upsula with Del (in orange) who rode along with us, Sandi arranged for Jacquie and Rob had an interview with the local newspaper and radio station. Here’s a shot of Sandi and Jacquie.


We enjoyed the cool temperatures and an over cast sky for the first 3 hours of the ride. Del was a great addition to the team, strong cyclist and was willing to be in the lead position to give us draft to start our day. He rode with us for the first 60 km. Thanks Del! Then Richard, Timo and I were on our own. We are missing Rob. He is recovering but may not be cycling with us at all this week.


Our road was classic Northern Ontario rolling hills, lakes and black spruce. We did have some flats which made it feel like we were in a plateau area. The temperatures reach the mid 30’s and was really humid which made the afternoon a challenging ride. We were on the road for 11 ½ hours.  Just 5 km from our camp ground we had our 6th flat!


We have nothing scheduled in Upsula and tonight is the first night since we left Victoria that we do not had a host. So we are at a camp ground on a lake. A swim sure felt good after a long hot day!


At end of a long day I’m amazed at the accomplishment and anticipate what a good night’s sleep will do our very tired bodies but each morning I reflect on the thought that God’s mercies are new each day, great us his faithfulness.