Ted's Big Perimeter Ride - Day 21




Today was a VERY adventurous day. I started out just heading for the US border at International Falls, MN. After about 1-1/2 hours riding I stopped for gas at, basically, a gas tank in the woods. After fueling, I went inside to pay Kale for the gas and get an OJ from Jolene, the proprietor's station. When we all came out, there was a small bear cub looking around the corner of the building. I, of course, went to investigate. The cub scooted away and stopped. I sat down, remaining silent, on a rock, and just looked at it. OBTW, there was no sigh of mama, or I would have stayed inside. Given a minute or two, the cub cautiously started coming closer. I had my camera in my hand and just started taking pics---I should have started a video, but there was no time to plan this out. I'll let the pics tell the rest of the story.

After another 1-1/2 hrs, I saw signs advertising the longest (in Canada), 1) suspension bridge and 2) zip line ride, both at the same place, Eagle Canyon. I could not pass this up. I took the 6-7km ride in over paved and unpaved roads. Finally, the Eagle Canyon visitor entrance. I get the spiel and sign up for the whole package. I start hiking the trail to the shorter suspension bridge (300m) where I will cross, walk downriver, and on to the longer 600m bridge back over the Canyon. Here I met Brenda, a baker at a mining establishment near Red River, ON, here on holiday from her isolated assignment. We agree to take each others pics and share them later via email. Brenda, thanks for sharing part of the afternoon with me, and I look forward to hearing from you.

I'm following the road signs and the next town is Fort Francis, ON, which has no meaning to me at this point. But, I find this is the Canadian city bordering International Fall, MN. It was about time to look for a camping spot and I suddenly found myself at the border crossing area. There were ample camping locations on the Canadian side in the area and I thought there should be some on the US side too. Mistake. The Canadians are very thoughtful about campers, identifying areas and almost always providing bathroom facilities. The US is sooo primitive in this regard. Anyway, I found Terry, an officer with the Int Falls Police, and asked him for camping suggestions. He ponders my question and finally concludes that there in a park in Loman, MN, some 30 minutes west, and he thought that camping was permitted there. Thanks Terry, good suggestion, although the sun was setting when I got to the motor home spot. You sent me in the right direction.

That wraps up a very eventful day. There was limited cell coverage which delayed this update. Cheers.

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Distance:
    Today = 440 miles,
    Total   = 4,436 miles
Riding Time:
    Today = 11-Hours, 59-Min,
    Total   = 6-Days, 04-Hours, 2-Min
Started as just a normal fuel stop
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Just a LARGE tank in the woods - filling my very small one.
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Kale and Jolene
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The bear cub sequence
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View back over grassy parking lot while climbing to rim of Canyon
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View of the 600m bridge
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View across the 300m bridge
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Canyon view
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Note that motorcycle and zip-line riding have several things in common; you wear a helmet for both and they are both two-wheeled means of transportation. I was a natural!
See another participant !!!
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Still going...
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That is the take-off pavilion
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My new friend Brenda on holiday at Eagle Canyon.
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What can I say?
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Jim getting ready to set the rigging for Brenda
Brenda's ride video
(Note: 14MB File)

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It's a long way down...ride lasts 1 minute!
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I saw many solar collectors, crop fields, feeder utility poles - out in the boonies.
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Lots of open road for this to happen
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Ted at the sign
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Dean & Alex at the sign. We traded pics - thanks guys.
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Just another lovely lake---all with mosquitoes!
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The border-crossing city - back in the USA.
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Thanks, Terry, for the correct place to camp, west of International Falls. The park in Loman was a nice place to camp!
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I settled for some shelter next to an RV for sale ($3,800/OBO), what a deal. I camped for free.
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All set up and ready to call it a day. Goodnight all.
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