I seem to have a hard time with these rest days. It’s a balance between letting my body recover and the desire to explore. Today, the balance was shifted to exploration. I had good intentions of being recumbent for most of the day, but after a few hours of Kimmy Schmidt and RuPaul on Netflix, I was itching to get going. Last night, I described Sault Sainte Marie as a bustling metropolis after traveling through these tiny 100-person towns over the last week. By noon, I was ready to check out this metropolis and see what it had to offer.
I spent most of my day wandering along the Hub trail network and did an entire rectangle around the city. A big, big rectangle. So much for leg rest… I started on the east side and progressed through downtown. I didn’t time my visit particularly well – Sunday is not the ideal day to get the Soo experience. Most of the businesses along Queen Street were closed. I veered off to the waterfront trails and parks, which were busy with young families. I paused for lunch at the Vibe Eatery. It was the kind of place that had gluten-free products, cold-pressed cleansing juices, and an impromptu reiki session. I watched as one woman spent nearly $200 on a 5-day juice cleanse. I imagined her asking: “Will this ginger turmeric tincture purify my spleen?” I felt like a piece of Vancouver had been transplanted to Sault Sainte Marie. I spent most of the early afternoon reading and writing here while enjoying cauliflower-quinoa bites and a caramelized onion flatbread. To its credit, the food was delicious and the staff were super friendly. I felt like my spleen had been purified. I stayed and watched the local scenery – the shirtless painters outside – until they were done their work for the day.
Wes thinks that I’m pulling a high pressure system with me as I’ve been cycling along. I think he may right… I headed out into the afternoon heat and full sun, aiming to return to the shelter of Fort Creek. I started to feel vampirish again (must…retreat…from…the…sun). Yesterday I had zoomed through Fort Creek on bike. Today, I took my time and enjoyed the shady conditions and views overlooking the creek and valley below. I returned home to the same amazing hospitality that I’ve enjoyed this whole weekend. Wes prepared a perfectly cooked steak, corn on the cob, and a green salad. I was a blob on the couch for the majority of the night while I was reintroduced to the addictive world of reality TV (thanks guys).
Like Winnipeg, it will be hard to leave after having such a great time in the Soo. I’m going to sink into this mattress and have another deep sleep. I have some mechanical issues to be dealt with at the bike shop tomorrow. I’m aiming for Blind River, but will be at the mercy of the shop.
Start time: 00:00
Finish time: 23:59
Riding time: 0 hours, 0 minutes
Distance: 0 km by bike
Total distance: 3867.98 km
Elevation gain: 0 meters
Total elevation: 18063 meters
Average speed: Snail pace
Number of spleens cleansed: 1