The ride North to my turn around point of Cochrane was relatively uneventful. Took a picture of my bike beside the Atlantic Watershed point where all streams flow South into the Atlantic Ocean and also of the famous Polar Bear statue in Cochrane. This point marked the farthest North I have been on a motorcycle. On the ride south to Timmins I was on a stretch of highways with little signs of civilization for many miles. I saw a dead black bear at the side of the road and then shortly after saw a live black bear just a few feet off the road feeding. Thought briefly about turning around to take a picture but quickly dismissed the foolish thought. A few miles later the pavement just simply disappeared with little warning due to construction. The gravel was very loose and had just been wetted to reduce dust. The pavement did not reappear until about 40 kms later.... The bike and I were both covered in caked on gravel paste.... Yuck. Later in the evening the traffic came to a complete stop south of Sudbury on Hwy 69. I shut the bike down and waited.....and waited.....and waited...... There was obviously an accident which had shutdown the highway. I took a look at the GPS and realized that I had to backtrack about 20 minutes and ride a significant detour. Not knowing how long the wait would be, I elected to take a detour adding significant time and mileage. I finished the ride several hours late. All things considered, it was an amazing ride.
My ride stats:
Moving Average Speed = 93 kph
Overall Average Speed = 86.7 kph
Total Distance = 1704 kms
Total Time = 19 hrs 36 mins
Total Gas Used = 113.82 L
Total Gas Cost = $110.68
Gas Mileage = 6.695 L/100kms (35.13 mpg)
# of stops = 8 gas stops + 4 rest/picture stops.