On Day 6 of Gavin Smith’s fundraising ride for Ecojustice, he tackled the Trans-Canada Highway, met a fellow touring cyclist and records his first major milestone: 500 km travelled. Only 4,200 km left to go Gavin.

Day 6
June 16
Distance Travelled: 93.31 km (Grundy Lake Provincial Park)

Aside from getting lost on my way out of Parry Sound and accidentally biking 4 km in the wrong direction, the Trans-Canada Highway was fine. All the highway entrances had signs saying no bikes, but since it was the only route to Sudbury I didn’t really have much choice.

I took lunch at a roadside diner in Shawanaga First Nation, which was of personal interest to me because I had studied a case involving them (R. v. Pamajewon) for an Aboriginal law class the previous fall. Even with a departure just before noon, the wrong turn and lunch at the roadstop, I still made it to Grundy Lake Provincial Park before 5 p.m.

The registration booth was already empty and as I stood there figuring out where to go, I had my first encounter with another touring cyclist. John, the man who pulled up behind me, was from the U.K. but had gone to Miami and biked up the Atlantic coast, done some crazy loop in Quebec where he was dropped off by construction workers and was now heading to meet his wife in Toronto for more cycling. Holy.

I set up camp and had dinner by one of the amazing lakes, where I saw swans with a baby (swanling?), heard loons calling to each other and saw what I think was a Blanding’s Turtle emerge from the sand where I presume it was laying its eggs. If I’m remembering correctly, I think Blanding’s Turtles are listed under the Species at Risk Act.

He was right, Blanding’s Turtle are listed under the Species at Risk Act.