I awoke to thunder at 4:30 AM. I decided to get
up and pack up at that time. The rain did not come
yet. I don't mind riding in rain too much but I
hate packing up a wet tent in the rain. So I got an
early start and hoped I would get to Fort Frances
But Man o' man, the headwinds were strong from
the south. Almost as strong as prairie winds. I was
crawling along at 17 km/h. Past Nester Falls a girl
on a loaded bike past me as I was eating. I
finished my banana and tried to catch up to say
hello. But she was a little faster than me. She got
smaller and smaller in the horizon. Eventually I
was so exhausted from the wind, I stopped up the
hill. At that point I did not care if about saying
"Hello" anymore... too tired. However, just after
my stop I met her at a truck scale, as she had
stopped for a break too.
Her name is Melissa from Halifax. She is doing
the cross-canada trip solo, which surprises me.
Also she has only paid for accommodations twice.
She typically tours the town and stays on someone's
couch or camp in the yard.
We rode together drafting to shelter from the
wind. This is the first time I used drafting in
this trip and it really helped. I think Melissa was
in front more than I.
We got into Emo, a little town where Hw 71 turns
East. The woman in the grocery store gave me her
address to send a postcard.... not to say I got
home but to say if Melissa and I got together.
Probably not much happens in this small town, and
that would be an interesting story. Melissa was
attractive but I think I am probably not her type.
We hung out at Emo for a fairly long time. I could
not read her very well to see if she was interested
in me. During our rest the winds changed from South
to South-West to West. So we had tailwinds to Fort
Frances. Melissa went her own way with her system
of finding shelter. I treated myself to a Motel
since I can't afford to do this in U.S.A. I
dunno... I hope we meet again.
I must say Melissa's style of hanging out and
chatting with the locales make the day more
interesting, but I am beginning to look forward to
finishing and want to move more than 100 km/day
average that she does. I actually have a couple
more km on my trip (3300 km) so far than Melissa,
which I thought was strange because she went to
Jasper Park AB. So taking Hw 3 in BC is as big of a
detour as going to Jasper.
It was cold on 71 south but as soon as we got to
Fort Frances it was very hot and people asked if it
was too hot for biking.