Thursday, September 17, 2009, 04:49 PM - CanadaIn June 2009 we came back to Canada to stay at Wendy's parents house in Brucefield, located in Huron County, Ontario, along the shores of Lake Huron. This vibrant rural community is the most agriculturally productive county in Ontario.
Due to my coming together with Wendy I've established a long lost connection together with my father, whom I have not seen for over thirty years and only met once when I was ten, and his two sons, whom I have never met, other then a few brief email exchanges. Thus during our three month stay in Canada in 2009 and following an invitation from Teresa, my fathers second wife, I've flew across to Georgia, Atlanta to meet the whole family. This also turned out to be a great expirience and well worth the trip.
Following my return from Atlanta I attended a ten day Vipassana meditation course in Barrie, after which I rode across four counties of Ontario and back home using my favorite mode of transport, my mountain bike. The counties that I rode through included the Simcoe County (middle mountain terrain plus lots of mosquitoes), Grey County (unexpectedly high mountain passes and killer headwinds), Bruce County (the lowlands with rollings hillsides) and the Huron County, the home of Wendy's parents or as I like to call it the "vibrant green flatlands". The distance I covered ended up being 460km with average riding days being from 9am till 6pm.
My start point was Egbert, ON and my end point Brucefield, ON. I rode on a steel frame mountain bike and carried clothes and food supply to last me around a week, bar water of which I had 8 liters with frequent refills. I also brought with me my small hiking ten from Oz and my sleeping bag. Most nights I pitched my tent wherever I could get away with it, but I did spend the first night in a motel in Orillia and two other nights in Ontario's provincial parks. I meet some great locals along the way and had a fabulous time exploring Canada's Ontario region from the seat of a mountain bike. I also rode across several closed railroad tracks now converted into multi use trails. I mostly stayed off the provincial highways, using as many backroad sections as possible.
Coming back to Brucefield, sore and tired, I took a weekend off and then commenced a five day B&B cycle tour of the Huron County together with Wendy. Our Average distance covered was 40km per day with the total ride being 220km on what proved to be a blast and a physical challenge for Wendy. She did however pulled through with flying colours!
Our time in Canada came to a close at the end of August 09, when we boarded a plane in Toronto back to Australia, Sydney and via Los Angeles.
The following are some of my selected images from this time in Canada:
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Friday, February 27, 2009, 10:32 AM - CanadaIn September 2008 I was compelled by circumstances beyond my mortal control to travel to Canada. It was there that I met Wendy, my life partner who has come back to live with me in Australia.
It was also during this stay that I also experienced the awesomeness of Canada, the friendly people and beautiful nature. Having stayed in Ontario I spent a few days in Toronto and then explored around the area staying by Lake Huron, visiting the honeymoon capital of America, Niagara Falls, and hanging around the Burlington, Kitchener and Hamilton regions.
The following are some of my selected images:
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