July 4th was spent, packing up the things we wanted to take home, as well as taking down the fly bridge and putting stuff away, Brian and Helen from Bancroft, came down for the afternoon and helped with the packing.On Thursday we left the marina at about 9:00 and began the trek back to Winnipeg, We stopped near Britt at the chip truck for lunch, only took us a few hours to get here not 7 days as it did by boat. We continued on and stopped in Sault St. Marie for supper, here we met Pat and Marcia,who had been Andy’s first crew when we began the loop trip. After the Sault, we started around the northern edge of Lake Superior,we encountered a few areas of construction, and some rain and ground fog.We passed through Wawa, White River, Marathon, Terrace Bay and finally found a motel room in Schreiber near midnight.
Andy had driven 1178 Km the first day.We were on the road again at 7:45, with another long day ahead of us. We again encountered road repairs.It took a couple hours before we reached Thunder Bay, we then went through a number of small towns, before reaching Ignace, here we took a little side trip, as Andy wanted to show me where he had lived in Ignace in the 1970’s.We continued on to Dryden and made it through town before being stopped for over ½ hour because of one-lane of traffic through a construction zone. We eventually reached the Manitoba border.We arrived home at 5:00 having gone another 800 Km. After unpacking, I went to check on my garden where the weeds were taller than my tomato plants. In our fish pond, a couple of the gold fish seem to have gone missing, but we still have 7 fish left. On Saturday we noticed that the deer is still hanging around in the backyard too– maybe that’s where my row of beets and kale went?
On Saturday, we traveled out to Winnipeg Beach, where a wake on the water was being held for one of the boaters, who had passed in mid- May. There were about 8 boats that traveled out to the south end of the lake to say our goodbyes.
On Sunday we had the kids over for supper, as we wanted to give Jack the stuff we had bought him at Beausoleil Island, and tell him about what we had learned there. Andy had bought him a flint, so they went out to the firepit after supper to start a fire.Monday, I returned to work, and it was a tough week getting back into the groove of working 7-4. I had lots of meetings during the week, and issues to deal with, so I was kept busy.
Friday after work, Andy picked me up and we came to Winnipeg Beach, for the weekend. We had not spent any time on this boat since the summer of 2015.It was a restful night, it was quite warm when we went to bed, but the winds shifted during the night and it cooled off. The water went up about 8- 10 inches overnight as well, and in the morning there were over 1 meter waves on the lake. We are protected in the marina, and not many boats ventured out onto the lake. We did some exterior cleaning on Saturday to remove bird crap, a swallow’s nest, fish flies and other insects.
We are blessed to be able to spend so much time on the water whether it is on Odyssey or On Business! This is our Happy Place 🙂