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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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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.

Day 20: Dryden for the Day

Rather than overnight in the mission parking lot, a dear lady let us park at her place. A very quiet location just outside of town. Our team sleep in till 7:30 am. It sure felt good. We were hosted for breakfast at the Dryden Mission then spoke at the Dryden Full Gospel Church. The church donated $2992! Here we are with Pastor Tim. At that service we were invited to speak at another service in the evening at the Timber Community Church.

DSC_4945Sandi our host gave us a tour of Dryden and she even patched Rob’s shirt that was torn in the crash with a heart and stitched cyclist pattern. Looks great.

DSC_4969The total donations from Dryden after the evening service is $5300 and Sandi is going to champion the cause to see the community finish a well! After the service 4 couples came by to join us for a Bar B Q steak dinner.  It was really good, great meal and great people.

photo(33)What a great day! Thank you Sandi and thank you Dryden!!

Day 19: Clearwater Lake to Dryden 164 km

We had a wonderful breakfast before we hit the road with Ron and Irene at their cottage.

photo(30)There were thunderstorms overnight. The sky was cloudy which kept the temperature down. The really nice thing was that the wind was at our back! We also enjoyed the roll of the road. There were lots of up and down, rocks, lakes and trees.

We arrived in Dryden to a police escort! It was so much fun.

DSC_4872The Dryden Mission had a great dinner for us. As of last night this small group raised $1700 for wells.

DSC_4924Rob is still experiencing a lot of pain but optimistic about recovery! We are all looking forward to a day without riding.