We left Duluth at 8:20 under clear, sunny sky. We drove north on I-35 through the city and it eventually became Hwy 61. This was a really scenic drive with lots of cottages, tunnels(2), Lake Superior on our right; most of the town we drove through were touristic. We stopped in Two Harbours for fuel @ $3.749 and again in Grand Marais @ $3.649. Near the border, we stopped at Grand Portage National Monument where an old fort is situated. This is known as the Grand Portage trail where trappers would by-passed the rapids of the river nearby. It was used mainly by Canadians but Americans trappers frequently used it too. The border crossing was anti-climaxing as we were asked only two questions then were on our way...if only they were all like this!!! 100 Km later, we by-passed Thunder Bay and turned East on Hwy 17. We stopped at the Husky station in Nipigon and fuelled @ $1.18/litre. We soon turned North on Hwy 11 which took us to Geraldton and Chris and Dorothea’s house where we will be station for the next 2 weeks. We visited for a bit then Chris cooked dinner for the four of us. It is very windy here and keeping things cool down...it is 25*C (80F) and sunny.
We drove 368 miles (596 Km) in 7hrs and 10 minutes @ an average 51 MPH. We arrived here at 1800 hrs for a total 9 hrs and 40 minutesN 49* 40.855
W 086 55.029
Alt: 1098 feet
Cloudy with sunny period greeted us this morning. Dori came over for a visit with grand-son Dallas. Dorothea’s daughter also showed up. In the afternoon, I took the truck to a local garage and had the A/C checked. He filled the ozone container and that seemed to solve the problem, we will see! I had a visit with Louie and checked all the renovations he did in his house. Marcel and Audrey were there; they arrived earlier in the day.
We had dinner at home then went to the local arena where there was a “Meet & Greet” event which consisted of all kinds of pictures of the town from its birth to now, people of that era and the mines of course. The place was packed by 8 pm and Val had a marvellous time meeting people she knew from her time living here. There were speeches of course and a bar was also set up. The only drawback was the lack of A/C and air movement even though all the doors were open. We left around 10 pm.
It is cloudy this morning and we had rain overnight. We went into town at 11 am and watched the parade. It was small but had nice displays and a lot of enthusiasm. Afterwards, we went for lunch at a local restaurant then came home after picking some groceries. In the afternoon, I washed the Beast which was really overdue...it had 5 days of bugs and what a collection! Marty (Val’s brother) and his son Ryan came over for a visit then Dori showed up for a short one.
After dinner, we went to the Town’s 75th Anniversary Dance at the same place we were at yesterday evening but this time it was in the ring area and much cooler. The live band, “Ring of Fire” played some really goodies and oldies. They sold over 1000 tickets so it was a success. We had a good time and the whole family was there. We got home at midnight and to bed by 1 am.