Day 51 – Ride, Manitoulin, ride

This morning we all headed to the Providence Bay fairgrounds for the Ride Manitoulin event. After wandering the grounds and checking out the wares, we signed up for the Poker run and rambled east on Government Road to the first stop: Ward’s General Store in Tekhummah, established in 1922 and still holding on to a bit of the original merchandise.

The run took us along some of the nicest roads on the Island, and to some of the tastiest places to visit. From Tekhummah we ended up at the Manitoulin Espresso Bar in Mindemoya, chatting with other Poker Run riders in the line-up, and getting a coffee to go with the stamp. In fact, two people in one day mentioned that the Bar serves the best iced cappuccino they’ve ever had! So I’m definitely going to get one tomorrow to help me through laundry day. Next on the itinerary were the Manitoulin Chocolate Works in Kagawong, the Shell station in Gore Bay, and Buie’s General Store in Spring Bay.

Mike, Alexe, Bogdan and Pete hung around to experience the Motorcycle Games at the Ride event, while I headed back to camp to prepare for Alexe’s birthday gathering — a ‘Hot Times at the Fiesta’ themed dinner, with chicken fajitas, rice and beans, and homemade salsa and guacamole, and a spice cake with cream cheese bourbon icing.

Jamie, Kelly and Boggie decorated the campsite with balloons and streamers, and it was the most festive clothesline I’ve ever seen. New and old friends joined us for drinks after dinner, and we topped it all off with a midnight swim in our underpants. Viva la 28!

Tomorrow — Summerfest Smash Up Derby!

Photos by Alexandra Sawicki

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