2014 Jun 30 – Day 11 – Kenora, ON to Thunder Bay, ON

We left Kenora  a little before 10 am in the wind and rain.  So much for yesterday’s hope of a sunny day today.

Today was strictly a Destination Day.  We had to travel 481 km from Kenora to Thunder Bay.  There are only two towns of any size in between; Dryden and Ignace.  This long, long stretch of road is bordered by huge lichen covered rocks, scrawny trees, lots of streams and ponds, and many, many wildflowers.

IMG_1922 IMG_1925IMG_1926 IMG_1930 IMG_1931 IMG_1933 IMG_1937 Entering Dryden

IMG_1953 Lichen on the rocksIMG_1961                             Do you get the picture of our day?.

However, about 50 km west of Thunder Bay the sun began to shine.  Yea!  And then there was Kakabeka Falls.  This water fall caused no end of trouble for the fur traders and explorers back in the day and resulted in an arduous portage to get to Fort William at the mouth of the river (we plan to see the fort tomorrow).

IMG_1967 IMG_1991 IMG_1993We crossed into the Eastern Time zone just past Ignace and now are three hours ahead of home, making our arrival time into Thunder Bay 6 pm.  A long, somewhat monotonous driving day capped off with a wonderful waterfall.   A good ending, me thinks.

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