September 7, 2021 It was quite chilly overnight again. And unfortunately my air mattress has been feeling less than motivated about performing its duties so it woke me up in the middle of the night in order to get some encouragement. There was no sun in the morning either so I had to pack the tent up while it was still damp for the first time. The Bay was calm. When I arrived last night it had some really nice waves crashing against the shoreline. It was also very humid. Campgrounds generally stock one ply toilet paper, which happens to dissolve in high humidity. I almost felt like I might have been better off wiping with the morning mist itself. So after a quick shower I was out on the road. Pretty quickly the deep contrast between this side of Lake Huron and the Bruce Peninsula became apparent. As I mentioned earlier, the peninsula had all kinds of fancy resorts, houses, and cars but Manitoulin Island is obviously a much less popular tourist area. Access from major population centers explains a lot of that disparity I think but it was still quite the contrast. I rode by this mural in downtown Providence Bay and thought it was interesting. There was poor weather expected for nearly the whole day, so I didn't spend much time on the island. From what I could see on Google there are a few decent hikes but not tons and tons of tourists type activities. I made a quick stop in Espanola for lunch but other that I didn't stop much aside from for gas and a couple pictures. Just north of Espanola. Peak tourist season has come and gone and there were a lot of motels and restaurants on the side of the road that had closed down for the season. I'm spending the night at Joy's house, who I connected with through Bunk a Biker. She has a beautiful acreage on the 638, which is in itself a beautiful ride. It stormed hard already this evening and it made me glad not to be in my tent. Highway 638 The view off of Joy's back deck. A little slice of paradise. There are two hummingbird feeders hanging behind where I'm standing to take this picture and they were very well used. While we were sitting outside the hummingbirds were constantly whizzing back and forth from the deck to the big white pine in the yard. The plan for tomorrow is to see how the weather shakes out and if it's not too bad I'm going to backtrack a little to take the 129 north from Thessalon, up to the 101 and then in the back way to Wawa. I was told on my way east that the 101 is a beautiful ride but it feels pretty risky because I know that section from Wawa to Sault Ste Marie is breathtaking. Hopefully it all pans out. It'll be nice not to be backtracking the whole way. September 8, 2021 It was raining when I woke up this morning and it is forecast to rain all day so I'm taking a day off. Joy is totally fine with me taking a rest day here and then leaving tomorrow. It's supposed to be sunny and warm tomorrow so I'm planning to leave early and make my way to Marathon.