“There’s no place to go but the enddddd.” – Mike Jacobs, soothsayer
(I think I will start every snapshot from now on with one of Mike’s pearls of wisdom).
As we ponder whether it’s the end of the road for the Yamaha (and we don’t know yet! Hold onto your condolences for now), we find ourselves at the end of a road–highway 637–in the bucolic waterfront town of Killarney. And quite literally right at the end of highway 637 is Herbert Fisheries’ fish and chip bus, poised on the bank of the Killarney Channel, greeting us with the mouth-watering aroma of deep fryer as we rolled into town. Pretty much as soon as we parked the bikes and truck at our hotel we were lining up for our four-piece fish dinners, and grabbing a few tall cans at the LCBO next door. We took our picnic back to the covered veranda outside our rooms at the Sportsman’s Inn, and enjoyed our meal watching the summer rain fall on the green waters of the channel.
Checking in to the newly-renovated Sportsman’s Inn was one of the greatest luxuries on the trip so far–airy, spacious rooms (with fireplaces!) opening onto a wrap-around veranda overlooking the finger docks of their marina and gas dock. It’s a destination equipped with everything you could possibly need at the end of a long and winding road–fine dining restaurant, waterfront pub, gas pump, kayak rentals, conference centre, bait&tackle and all kinds of other amenities. It’s located in a hub of outdoor activity–great hiking, canoeing, boating, fishing, and swimming are all within minutes of the front door.
It is also the end of the road for our adventure with Glenn & Gwen, owners of Motorcycle Mojo magazine, who leave us tomorrow to continue their tour of Rainbow Country on the lazy backroads and spectacular shorelines of Manitoulin Island. Check out the August issue of the magazine for a story of their time riding the Nipissing Circle Tour and Northern Coastal Georgian Bay with us.
Tomorrow – exploring Killarney! And maybe some laundry….
Photo by Alexandra Sawicki