This leg of the ride is only about 145 miles, so it’s a fairly easy journey, with no need to rush. Before leaving Wawa, we headed over to the Young’s General Store, truly a must see. It was unique, kitschy and full of wild and interesting products. Very, very interesting items! Get your photo taken with the moose! Because, if you are on the bike, about the only thing you take away are the photos. There just isn’t room to ‘shop’! (This made hubby very happy!)
Tip #1: If you really, REALLY want to shop and buy, I would suggest maybe finding a post office and shipping, because there just isn’t room to haul with you. Or, you can ask if the purveyor can to ship for you. But honestly? There is freedom in only taking away memories and photographs!
Before leaving The Best Northern Motel, be sure to head back over to the restaurant on property and have a delicious breakfast. I didn’t take notes, so I apologize for not being able to recall what kind of a cake this was, but I remember thinking “these are so fantastic, I’ll never forget”. Well, yeah. Age happens! They were like a German Pancake, but were polish. They were homemade, fresh and totally worth taking the time to enjoy before hitting the road again.
Next stop before leaving town is a trip down to the Wawa Falls, which you pass as you head south. Be sure to take care. Parts of this road are not paved and it has some steep areas. And don’t forget your bug spray! We were SWARMED here, but because of the weather, we were geared in our rain suits. And its Canada, so you have your helmet on. Just move quickly and you can get some great photos of these beautiful Falls before blood is drawn.
Tip #2: Canada has a helmet law. If you are riding with a passenger, it’s nice it to invest in intercom head sets. You’d be surprised how cold it can be on the northern part of the Lake, and you spend a lot of time on the road, which means lots of time spent in the helmet. We happened to plan for headsets in our helmets, and I’m glad we did. It made communication so much easier than yelling ‘Blah blah blah’ and the predictable response of ‘WHAT?’. Which is what would have happened. And that would have gotten frustrating. So, for us, it was worth it the investment.
More gorgeous views along the way, this leg is simply breathtaking, and so diverse. We passed by 2 moose, one of the side of the road and one in a field. We were cruising along so I wasn’t able to grab a picture of them. There are sure a lot of signs along the highway warning you of them though! One was grazing in the ditch on the side of the road, so be attentive.
As you approach lunchtime and are looking for a place to eat, DO NOT stop at the tourist traps you’ll see about halfway to Sault Ste. Marie. There will be huge signs and as you roll by ( and please…roll on by) you’ll know what I’m talking about. Instead, go a little further south to Batchawana Bay, where you’ll find this little gem: Voyageurs Lodge and Cookhouse. The food is fantastic here, and the view beautiful.
We had a wonderful lunch of soup, local fried fish and dessert. Oh, get the dessert! They are homemade!:
After filling up the human tank, it was off to our final destination: Sault Ste. Marie.
My lodging recommendation is the Sleep Inn on the Ontario side of the border. It was very clean, the rooms quiet, great pricing, the staff very friendly and helpful; and they have a nice little breakfast bar where you can grab a bite to eat before leaving the next morning. Plus, its right on the waterfront and a short walk to the Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre, which is a MUST see! We arrived fairly early in the day, so we checked in and walked over to the museum.
Tip #3: Try to find lodging near what you want to see, or eat. It just makes it convenient, and after a day on the bike, it’s nice to stretch your legs.
Dinner tonight was in town, still in Sault Ste. Marie, was a great little Italian place a short ride from the motel: Solo Trattoria. The food is excellent and no one looked at us oddly for being in our gear! There are lots of great eats in this town, this is the one that was recommended to us, and which I can recommend to you. You know you’ve struck golden when they start you out with a head of fresh roasted garlic and yummy warm bread, and be sure to try their delicious Cesear salad!
Hubby and I each ordered a dish and we shared. We could have just ordered one dish and split. Great Italian fare!
Tip #4: Remember you are on a bike, which means, no way to keep leftovers. So keep that in mind when ordering your food! Some of these places had generous portion sizes.
And this wraps up Day 4. What a great day! Great scenery, great eats, no thunder…or lightening!
Up Next: Day 5 Sault Ste. Marie to Munising, Michigan.