A few road impressions on our way to Canada through Adirondack Park.
Nice resting place with both shade and sunny spots besides the road where girls can be free.
Cool looking forest.
Exiting the USA is ridiculously easy. No
exit stamps in the passport and nobody cared about the dogs neither
the bikes. The contrast between entering the USA at JFK and exiting it now was
enormous. The bridge over St. Lawrence River by Ogdensburg was a
nasty one – all the way metal grids. I was worried whether Skippy
will make it – she did. However she told me later that she did not
like this bridge at all. Besides that there was a toll to be paid for
We entered Canada and the guard told
us to go inside in order to get our passports stamped. A few
questions later we got the stamp and were good to go. We rode small
roads towards Ottawa and found even few kilometers of gravel. The sun
was shining and it was nice to ride.
Our first impression was quite
positive. On our way to Alex and Nui we saw plenty of green, forests,
parks and bicycle ways within the city limits. That looked promising.
Their house was in a quiet neighborhood and we got to know a few of
the neighbors thanks to the active posting of Nui in Facebook ;)
The great thing was that Alex and Nui
start their day with green smoothies and Alex made also for us
portions – very kind! We went out to eat in two (almost fully)
vegan restaurants and both times we were so hungry that we forgot to
take a picture of the main course – only the deserts I remembered :D.
Thank you very much for taking good care of us!
At Alex and Nui (pictures by Nui).
Vegetarian restaurant in Ottawa.
Great tasting desert - all vegan!
Waterfall at the Rideau Canal.
The other vegetarian restaurant.
More great tasting vegan desert!
Skippy found this great cinema which
showed an interesting movie. What an opportunity for us since we have not
been in movies for a long time, last time was in Ghana and before
that ... UK? We watched many of our African
travelogues and it felt like ages ago. Was this really us driving
there? It felt surreal and for Skippy it brought some kind of closure
to the Africa topic.
Watching our videos. Alex with his nostalgic Nokia T-shirt.
Lyra also loved that dog!
Alex and Nui have a garden instead of lawn - well done!
Girls became an attraction.
People are generally interested about our bikes and very often we engage in a short conversation telling about our adventure. When we compared Europe and North America in those encounters we noted a significant difference. In North America people are much more helpful and - as in the case of Rory & Jenny - they might spontaneously offer to stay at their home. Or as it happened in front of Starbucks in Ottawa, one dog-owner came to talk to me and was so inspired about what we do that he gave me 20CAD - thanks a lot Rob! We appreciate it and take your donation to a good cause.
Hertta missed mommy.
Nui made us some food for the road - it was really good!
Time to go.
It was time to leave and this feeling
of unrest came upon us, the road was calling. We rode via small roads. Crossed places called Plevna, Little Ireland and crossed the
Mississippi river. Girls suffered badly during a break as we were
attacked by swarms of black flies and girls had all over horrible bite
marks. Since we had made good progress we were in the early evening
at our camping place south of Minden.
A Mississippi River.
The place was nice and we were
basically the only ones there ... besides about a zillion of
mosquitoes which attacked all of us fiercely! We were all covered
with mosquitoes and I've never seen Hertta wanting to go so fast inside
the tent. She knew that inside the tent she was safe from those
buggers. When we had our walks in the woods and it was clear that we
turn around and go back to the tent, Hertta also started running back
in trying to find shelter. I asked the campsite owner about the
mosquitoes and they told that they have never seen them to attack so
heavily as they did right now. Well none can do, now next time we
camp we ask first about the bug situation.
Nice campground in Minden - too many bugs this year!
During the night Ulpu and Lyra started
barking suddenly. We hushed them silent since we heard a very deep and
heavy breathing outside our tent. Then there was some serious
sniffing at our tent. Was this our first encounter with a bear?
Nothing bad happened, we just listened seriously to all sorts of
noises for the rest of the night. I was tempted to sneak out and take
a video clip, but some inner voice told me to resist this temptation.
Niagara Falls was next on our to-visit
list. We booked us a room in the Rainbow Motor Inn in advance to be
sure we get one as it was weekend. The ride was rather unspectacular.
We only passed by “Wolfgang's” - another meat place. The riding
on the interstate around Toronto was horrible and exhausting (6
lanes) as traffic was rather dense and cars and trucks crossing
heavily from express to connector and vice versa. We were both
relieved and happy to be back on secondary roads between Burlington
and Niagara Falls.
The hotel itself was ok and the
location was quite good. Outside enough to have a nice suburban walk
with our girls and only 5 minutes walk to see the falls :)
Posing at Niagara Falls.
In front of our motel.
Niagara Falls (Canadian side) -
Skippy's first comment about Niagara
Falls was that “It's not so big!” :D
Niagara Falls (American side).
WHY? Recycle your plastic bottles or put them into a trash bin, nature doesn't want them!!!
Bird watching over the tourists.
Rainbow at the falls.
Horses do NOT belong into car-traffic no matter how "cute"! And they don't belong to human usage either...
What an amusement park Niagara Falls is...
Even dinosaurs found their way to here.
And the action continued after sunset.
Lightshow at Niagara Falls ...
another color version.
Interesting architecture - Ukrainian Catholic church at Niagara Falls.
On Sunday we left the hotel in pure
sunshine. Not soon after that the sizzling rain started and instead
of going camping we changed direction and went to London to stay
again in a motel. Some of the roads must have been drawn with a ruler and the curves went up and down instead of left and right
– similar to Lapland ;)
Typical picture - power transformer cans on the poles.
Next morning back towards the USA. The
streets were again extremely straight and this time it was all flat.
I used a few times my "cruise-control" for convenience. Just after we
entered Petrolia, we found a nice park (Bridgeview Park) for a break. Finally girls
could play again and Lyra really enjoyed it. We could clearly smell
that the entire village seemed to be covered in some kind of oil smog
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