Sunday, September 16, 2012

Big Chute Ride - Marine Railway

The day got off to a less than auspicious start…Text message early in the morning from Don, “Hey Fred,
Heather say’s the Petro Can service center has been shutdown all summer”. A quick change of plans
to relocate the meeting place. Sent out a quick e-mail and text to everyone as to change…Not soon enough
for all. Call from Darek at 9:10. "Where are you guys, I’m hungry and need a coffee?" I call Donna and her and Dave
are also at the Petro Can…Yikes!...A quick set of new directions and 10 min later everyone’s at the new meeting place.
 

Polish salute from Darek






Hiram and Brenda rolling into the Tim’s on their new ride

Hiram’s new bike- 1700 Road Star
Newfie flag??
Donna appearing very excited for today’s scoot


Decided to drive by the closed service center to check for any
missed souls. Word has it many of the Petro Cans along the 400
series has been bought out by Canadian Tire

Looks like the gas bar and a convenience store is open!

Arrival in Coldwater after 45 min on the 400. Boy can I use a coffee


There was no one to be seen. Like a town from the twilight zone

I think we’re in the bible belt. How do I know you ask?
Because nothing’s open on Sunday!

Heading out of Coldwater. Next stop, Big Chute


Mike demonstrating push steering

Big Chute Rd and impending twisties..Gotta love it
One of many picturesque scenes




The railway allows boats access to the Great lakes by crossing over
The land bridge..Reference - Mike the teacher


Everyone was intrigued by how the railway worked


Here comes a boat






Rolling mechanism


Boat being dropped off at the higher body of water




Everyone was captivated




Boat coming in to be lifted



Getting seated at the Moon River Lookout

View from the window

Donna succumbing to lead poisoning from the blue glasses


And then there were 4. Our waitress suggested the wait might be
lengthy , “ I hope you’re not in a rush”. Donna , Dave and Mike
decided to lighten her load and attend some pub fare down the
street.

After lengthy discussion we all ordered the chicken on a Calabrese
Bun. We figured ordering 6 exact same dishes would speed up delivery


Turns out the food was delicious and we met up with the rest of the
crew in synch


Beautiful foliage along our route



Pristine pavement in some areas and not so pristine in others






Note: sand on the side of the roads





So much sand in fact .Donna seems to have accumulated some.

Sand everywhere


Some tall tales being told

Everyone being thoroughly impressed with Donna’s off road capability
Well…I can say for the record- Hiram has regained his riding prowess
as evidenced  by the freshly laid bare metal. Definitely dragging his
knees today

Bailed off the highway on our way home and took a more sedate
Ridge rd into Kempenfeldt Bay.

Came across an accident scene, very fresh. Had to abort planned
route and improvise

Final stop before home. Dave and Mike stayed on 11 and high tailed
It back..Darek was in dire need of a coffee

Winding our way back through roads less traveled

The End

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