Bryan had an early start on more bad Manitoba roads but was warned by the tourism office there that major road construction was ahead of him. He stopped to check in at the Ontario tourism office just two km later and they confirmed a 25 km stretch that would be worse than the 2 km he had just struggled with. He muttered something about 'nice welcome to Ontario' and was overheard by a sympathetic good Samaritan. This man told him that he would give him a proper welcome and invited Bryan to put the bike in the truck for a ride beyond the construction. Thanks to him, the day improved greatly!
The winds varied from calm to helpful to very gusty but Bryan managed 203 km today for a total trip distance of 2756km. Trees often gave him a shield and the scenery is great. There are lots of lakes, resorts and downhills. It has been a bit tough to find places to eat but highway workers were generous with their water and Bryan dipped into his stash of energy bars. He also finds that apples and especially oranges are a big boost when his stamina is waning.
Tonight he is about 40km past Kenora and has hit the jackpot for good eating at Ron's Roadhouse. The only thing on the menu tonight was a barbequed steak special: the inch thick steak filled one 12" plate and the corn, potatoes and bread filled the other plate, all for $10.00! He was definitely hungry enough by that time to do it justice.
He's tenting there tonight, to the tune of big, noisy frogs but is content with a good day overall. His right leg seems to have recovered from the earlier tendonitis- no swelling or soreness today. The bike will need some attention in Dryden though. His front tire had a flat that was a quick fix but the rear one is showing wear and should be replaced.
Ontario is off to a good start. He hopes to get halfway to Thunder Bay tomorrow. It's hard to believe that he's been gone 17 days already.