Days 15-16 Camping in Canada

Mohawk Bay to Port Hope 70 miles

Port Hope to Toronto 39 miles

You might not expect it, but waking up at an RV park is actually a pretty pleasant experience.  We are getting faster and faster at packing up our panniers and camping gear to get on the road quickly.   The night before at the pub we decided that rather than riding all the way to Toronto, we’d take the commuter train, the Go Train, from Oshawa into the city, avoiding the traffic around the metropolis and making our day off in Toronto just a little longer.  Since we haven’t had a day without riding the whole trip, we figured we deserve it.  Dave at the RV park was kind enough to start our day off with oatmeal cookies and a pot of coffee and gave us key chains for the road.  It was really sweetJ  We hit the road at a very reasonable 9:30am and headed down route 2 (the road we’d been on for most of our trip in Canada), with a slight shortcut through an Indian reservation.  Overall, the road was pretty flat, but again, more headwinds.  Tracy was right, hills can be tough but headwinds are a real killjoy.   We hit another Tim’s for breakfast 18 miles in, but too late for sausage biscuits, so we all got egg salad (another thing the four of us have in common, love of egg salad!).  Later in the day, we stopped for lunch at a grocery and got yogurt and bananas and granola but for the most part the day was uneventful.   We arrived at Port Hope at about 5:30pm and without too much decision making, decided to rogue camp at the marina next to the beach where about 20 men were doing catch and release salmon fishing.  We had a fabulous camp dinner of a cheese plate (great idea tracy!), and chili with couscous and avocado.  Aside from the sounds of the fishermen yelling “fish up”  “fish down” all night, it was pretty perfect.  We had a public washroom, a flat grassy area for our tents and a picnic table for dinner.  Oh… and it was free.

We woke up in the morning, sans alarm, but without discussion packed up quickly knowing that we didn’t wanted to get questioned by any authorities about our illegal camp site.  None of the maintenance men seemed to mind us, but they did get a kick out of Anders in the ladies room (he insisted that the mens room was intolerable, but I think he just likes feeling like one of the girls).  Our gear was packed and we sat down to a fabulous dinner breakfast less than a block away by 8am.  We just barely had enough cash for 4 breakfast specials (did I mention Canada is expensive?) but it was totally worth it after the 3rd coffee refill.

Our ride from Port Hope to Oshawa was longer than we expected (not 20 miles but 36) but it was cruisy, and we were all pretty excited that we were about to have a day off.  What was surprising on the train was how excited we felt to be closer to a city.  You can take the bikers out of New York, but you can’t take the New York out of the bikers!

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