July 13, 2015
After a five-day motorcycle trip–through some pretty rough weather at times–I’m settling in Canada.
It’s been four days since I arrived in Montreal. It’s a little bittersweet. I’m missing a lot of friends from this constant travel, but I’m getting ample opportunity to practice the French I learned during my last trip. (Though there is quite a lot of English here.)
This is my fourth time in Canada. Vancouver was a family vacation many years ago, and I was in Toronto and Quebec City for the last two Christmases. I’d produced a few oobites from those travels, and I’m ready to expand upon them again.
I set out from Minneapolis in the rain, but it never rained hard enough to be a problem. I did arrive in Manitowoc, WI a little late though. I missed the afternoon ferry by 20 minutes. Fortunately a college friend of mine had family in town, and I crashed there until the 1:00 a.m. ferry to Michigan.
The next day’s plan was to ride from Lake Michigan to Toronto in a single day. I stuck to the plan, but the rain was so hard that a 7-hour trip turned into a 13-hour trip due to the frequent stops. Every time the path in front of me became a brilliant white blur from the weak cloud-cover, the downpours, and the mist kicked up by the vehicles ahead, I absolutely had to pull over. I braved it a couple of times just to see if I could pass it–and I did–, but there were three different fronts, and the one immediately before Toronto was absolutely impassible.
Though catching the first warm air on the other side of the fronts after you’re soaking wet is an absolutely joy.
The rest of the trip went off without a hitch. There’s a lot of road construction in Canada right now, but the weather over the final days of the journey was a joy. I got to meet some incredible Couch Surfing hosts and catch up with an old friend in Toronto too.
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