Day 27 – Tail of the dragon

We picked Roger up at the Water Tower Inn this morning, and then I went on a solo mission with Ol’ Willie and the trailer to the Hilton Beach Tourist Park where I set up the homestead at a gorgeous spot right on the water, and got all those domestic tasks done that keep the trip going — laundry, groceries, budgets, cleaning out the fridge, bathing, etc. I may or may not have also had a nap, a couple of Kelly’s leftover Palm Bays, and finished several Sherlock Holmes short stories in the shade while watching the North Channel roll by.

While I was being a cozy little homemaker and exploring the island for butter tarts, Roger, Mike, Bogdan and Alexe took off for highway 129, the Ontarian “Tail of the Dragon”. Stories of this road told at Motorcycle Show booths in the dead of winter are what lured Roger up here to write a story for Motorcycle Mojo, and apparently the experience more than lived up to expectations. Mike will tell you all about the road in his ride report.

The gang returned at 6:45pm, almost ten hours after they left the Soo, and having ridden over 600km — up and down 129 twice, and then back home. Over spaghetti, salad and homemade bread at our picnic table, looking out over the water with a cold beer in his hand, Roger declared he had enjoyed every minute of it.

After dinner, he made his way around the corner to enjoy the comfort of his room at the Hilton Beach Inn.

Tomorrow — Mike and Roger make their way to New Liskeard for the Biker’s Reunion, and the rest of us explore St Joseph Island!

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Photo by Alexandra Sawicki

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