Hi there -- this is the first time I've tried anything like this -- hope it will work & that I can keep it up once we start on the Super60 Cycle Tour.
Last December (2006) I turned 60 & wanted to do something to commemorate the occasion. So what I plan to do is cycle 60 kilometres/day for 60 days.
We'll start out in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, heading east, and will probably finish in Western Quebec, or possibly Eastern Ontario, trying to use the TransCanada Trail as much as possible. I'm hoping that through this blog my friends & family will be able to keep track of what I'm doing -- also, it will be useful in case I forget anything -- you know, that age thing!
September 11th 2007
And this is the end of our story -- hope you've enjoyed it. As you can imagine, I've had a great time & could easily see myself doing this again next summer, maybe for a month, not 2 1/2 months -- I just need a driver, bike mechanic & dog-sitter....oh well, we'll see. Also, if anyone is interested, I calculated the distances cycled & walked. On the bicycle I covered 2456.2 kilometres; on foot it was 188.5 kilometres. If I equate 10 k on foot with 60 k on the bike, that comes out to 1131 kilometres. When one adds the two sets of distances, the total is 3587.2 kilometres -- pretty close to 3600 (yeah, I know, I could have worked harder some of those days...) And that's it, that's all, folks! Leah, aka Super60 ... read more
August 28th 2007
Day 60!!! Tuesday, 28 August 2007 Today marks day #60 of the Super60 Cycle Tour. It’s almost impossible to comprehend that I’ve accomplished more or less what I’d planned to do ‘way back last fall. I realize that on many days I fell somewhat “short” of the daily goal, and I do plan to rectify that on our return - it should be easy enough to put in a few more cycling days around Ottawa to fill in the gaps. Meanwhile we are both eager to get home, check our bills, etc.,etc. (How mundane!) Actually, if the weather was cooperating (and it usually does NOT by this time in Ontario) I could easily keep on going. But of course, I’ve got the easy job - riding the bicycle or walking and getting picked up by Bob ... read more
August 27th 2007
Kate Pace and Beyond Monday, 27 August 2007 Today I thought I should give Silver another try. I was planning to go on the Kate Pace Trail, which is a 12-kilometre recreational path along the southern portion of North Bay. It’s named after a local gal who was a very good downhill skier - I believe she’s won quite a few races in her time. It’s also part of the Trans Canada Trail system. It’s a very nice trail, and begins very close to our hotel. The only complaint I have about it is that the pathway for cyclists is not as close to the water of the lake as is the pathway for pedestrians - the road is between the two pathways. Otherwise it was very nice to not have to worry about cars & ... read more
August 26th 2007
Final Hotel Destination! Sunday, 26 August 2007 Today we left for North Bay, our final destination before home. I took Panna for a 2-kilometre walk this morning while Bob packed the van, so I needed to cycle “only” about 48 kilometres for my goal. So after lunch in a town called Sturgeon Falls, I asked Bob to drop me off at their tourism office, from where I took a little side-trip up & back a minor highway, then rode east on the Trans Canada Highway, Hwy 17, to North Bay. It was a pretty decent ride, with one or two fairly long hills on Hwy 17. At the top of one I was rewarded by a very nice view of Lake Huron (I think). However I had underestimated the distance to the motel from Sturgeon Falls ... read more
August 25th 2007
Rain and More Rain!!! Saturday, 25 August 2007 This morning my hand felt much better, so I had tentatively planned to bike from Onaping, where there are some impressive waterfalls with a lookout over them, back to the Sudbury area, using one of two possible routes. However, by the time I finished breakfast it was POURING outside, as if all the rain I’d not experienced on this trip was all coming at once. So it was on to plan B. We first drove in a round-about way to the Dynamic Earth Museum, part of the Science North Museum, where I’d been requested to pick up some things to bring back home. This museum apparently consists of a real nickel mine, which is pretty much the basis for the economy of Sudbury. As hard as the rain ... read more
August 24th 2007
Final “Day Off” Friday, 24 August 2007 Today was our final “planned” day off - guess it’s close to the end of a lot of elements of this trip. But I must confess, that except for sleeping in a bit, and not having to plan routes for a bike ride, there are still things which “must” be done, like laundry (the final time for that), and getting Panna’s nails trimmed (don’t know if I can do it with my hand being sore), and so on. By coincidence I’d found a groomer on the north side of Sudbury who did not feel we needed an appointment and her place was right next to the laundromat where Bob planned to take our laundry, and it was also close to a pet food place where we’d located a particular ... read more
August 23rd 2007
No Cycling Today Thursday, 23 August 2007 Well, now my right hand is really sore. The pain woke me up during the night and made it difficult to get back to sleep, even with ibuprofen and a wrap around it. It was also amazingly difficult to brush my hair or my teeth this morning - it hurts the most when I bend my wrist. I sure hope nothing’s broken. Fortunately the swelling isn’t particularly bad, so I figure it’s just a bone bruise or something like that. And I’ve got PLENTY of elastic bandages, so wrapping it presents no problem. But as a result of it cycling is pretty much out of the question, sigh. So I went with Bob and Panna to the walking path at Ramsey Lake, near Science North, a museum dedicated to ... read more
August 22nd 2007
Fun Ride in the Rain Wednesday, 22 August 2007 Another moving day. This time to Sudbury. I decided that I’d like to do at least a near-30 kilometre ride from the motel, up highway 557, which I’d explored a little bit on Monday, before we actually left Blind River. So once I had all of my stuff packed up, I left Bob and Panna to finish loading the van and took Blue for a run. It had been cloudy all morning and just began to rain softly as I departed. And despite the rain, it was one of the more enjoyable rides I’d had out here. The road was mildly hilly, with some curves, nice scenery and light on the traffic. I really would have liked to continue for more than 30 kilometres, but it eventually ... read more
August 21st 2007
To Elliot Lake Tuesday, 21 August 2007 Today I departed once more from the Deer Trail Centre on the Trans Canada Highway, this time for Elliot Lake, which seemed to be an interesting place to visit. It wasn’t the easiest ride, even though I was on Blue. It began with a fairly long climb, something I usually try to avoid till I’ve “warmed up”, physically. Then the town itself was quite hilly, which made it quite difficult to ride around sight-seeing. It seems Elliot Lake got its start as a uranium mining town. There are commemorative plaques around the area, marking where uranium was first discovered and the site of the earliest uranium mine in Ontario (or Canada, I don’t remember). Nowadays it promotes itself as a tourist town and also as a destination for retirees. ... read more
August 20th 2007
Riding With the Wind Monday, 20 August 2007 It was another moving day for us, this time to Blind River, Ontario. At least we had the Kinsmen’s Park in Sault Ste Marie, so I was able to take Panna for a 3 kilometre walk there before we left the city. It gave Bob a chance to rest up a bit before the drive, as he’s still suffering a bit from headaches when he goes walking on rough paths, as when he’s out with Panna. And I figured it might be our last chance for her to be truly loose (even if it wasn’t “permitted”). We then picked up some lunch to go from the local “Timmy’s” and drove off, trying to locate a suitable place for a “picnic”. Alas, there seemed to be no such place ... read more