Time to get the bike serviced. Thanks to Paul from Winnipeg who put us onto “Velorution” conveniently located in Sault Ste. Marie on the South East corner of Lake Superior. Not only will they service our bikes but they also offer free camping in a shady spot at the back of the shop, access to their bathroom and free wifi. When I say free, the guys won’t say no to a few fermented barley beverages. Great concept and service.
Both John and I have had a really good run in terms of how our bikes are travelling. We haven’t had any major problems and dare I say it, no flat tyres, but as cables stretch and chain wears etc some fine tuning is required.
With our day off we went to the waterfront area and check out Parks Canada Locks. Completed in 1895, this canal formed the last link in an all-Canadian navigation system stretching from the St. Lawrence River to Lake Superior. Designed and built by Canadians, the canal incorporated several engineering innovations. It was the world’s longest lock and the first to operate with electrical power. It was also novel in using an emergency swing dam to protect the lock in case of accident. Electricity was generated on site in the powerhouse. Closed in 1987 owing to a lock wall failure, the canal was equipped with a modern lock and opened for recreational use in 1998.