Bright and early we assembled and left Thunder Bay. Quickly after leaving we all noticed that we had no reception. Rogers does cover most parts of the Trans Canada but we all have Telus phones. And Telus only has a cooperative agreement with Bell. So we were without contact until about four in the afternoon.
Construction crews in Ontario routinely store equipment on the highway. They block off one lane (there is only one lane each way) and pile equipment on the highway. They then put a set of mobile lights at each of the blocked off lane to control traffic. We drove by about ten of these today where no one was working. It was the middle of the afternoon on a Monday. So instead of letting traffic easily flow, they are blocking off the Trans Canada Highway just store a digger and some lane dividers. They even repainted the lines accordingly. Seems like a pretty questionable use of highway space.
At one of the pit stops today we checked the trip odometer. 4009 kilometres. That gives an average speed of 41 km/h for the whole trip. That includes all stops and sleeping at night. Pretty good.
We stayed the night in the lounge of the Laurentian Engineering Student Society. Our new friends from Lakehead last night put us in touch with their president. Another night sleeping in the Mech design lab, just like back at UVic.
“Worst case Ontario, we end up in the middle of Ontario”