We had previously looked into various ways to avoid this section of highway. We had thought of going south through the States, getting a one way car rental, or even taking the Greyhound. However once we had gone too far with this route, going through the US was no longer an option. We looked at car rentals but we would have to pay $1/km. Many people ride this route every day, and after being told it wasn’t that bad, we had decided to keep going. However this morning after hearing the news about a crash killing two cyclists, we decided this would be an alright stretch of road to skip, plus it would put us ahead a couple days.
So after calling the Greyhound and finding out that yes they do have to bike boxes in stock, we decided to go into Marathon and catch the bus. Luckily the bus was late so we had a chance to get all our things boxes in time to catch the afternoon bus. From the bus the shoulders looked tiny, much smaller than they look from the road. These small shoulders seemed to continued for what for us would have been at least a day, maybe two for us, and the on and off again afterwards.
We knew we were missing beautiful scenery. The area around lake Superior really is stunning, and a very challenging ride due to the hills – often considered the most challenging part of Canada because of the unrelenting large hills. However it is also because of how stunning the area is that we could be sure we would make it a destination to come back to at some point and properly explore, so it wasn’t too difficult passing it on the bus.
Jesse had called his friend Evan to tell him a bit last minute that in fact we would be arriving in Sault Ste Marie today. After arriving in town it took us a while to get the bikes together again. Once we did, we went to Evan’s place where we greatly enjoyed a homemade Pad Thai dinner with some fresh mango for dessert. Pad Thai being my favourite meal and mango my favourite fruit, I certainly was happy!