Thursday, July 30, 2009

WAWA..... WOW!

Ok I will admit I have been jealous of Luke for awhile now.. 2 seasons ago on Snowtrax , he did the Snow Train loop via sled... HOWEVER they have trains in the summer that run from Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario Canada all the way up to Hearst! And better YET you can load on your ATV, Bike, side x side and gear that you need for your trip!
We started out at the Algoma Centrail Train yard in Sault Ste. Marie.. now it's nothing pretty to look at, but there was lots of room for our truck and trailer, and made it so much easier to load everything on.. all but the side x side.. but that's another story, one better told by my husband and Doug around a campfire with a few beers in the cooler..

There was so many people on the train and gear it was hard to believe we'd get everything on! After talking to a few other train goers I realized that this was the "last leg" of a trip for most.. wether they were hunting, fishing (hence why my husband is along on this trip) going into camps or all the way up to Hearst! As we rolled out of Sault STe. Marie.. we rode through the industrial part of town..and then suddenly we were out of the city.. into the wilderness.. It was so nice to be able to stretch out and talk to everyone, not jammed in a truck. We were on the cargo train.. so no lunch service, But Lori from Wawa tourism thought of everything and we had our picnic lunch on the train and then headed back to the freight cars for a better look at the scenery that was zipping by us.

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Now don't get your hopes up!!! unless you are a kid with big eyes that can work someone over, or a pregnant co host of a tv show... we were able to meet the Senior locomotive engineer, Kelly Hopkins.. and Huey (sorry if it's spelled wrong!) we got an escorted walk up to the locomotive, to shoot of course! And the view from up there is amazing! You can see everything in front of you and a much better depth of field as far as how high up you are and how fast you are actually going! I have to say we were up there a little while, and for the best part of the trip I might add.. going across the trestle bridge, up to the top of the escarpment alongside the agawa canyon.. and coming DOWN 500ft so you are alongside the agawa canyon. The rest of the trip was very smooth, people getting off the train at their camps and before we knew it it was our stop.. Hawk Junction. the train ride wasn't really that long..6hrs, and we had lots to occupy ourselves with. But make sure you bring a lunch, there is no food car on this train. Thanks Lori for thinking ahead!

Before i get too far ahead.. joining us on this trip...

Of course Camera crazy man Doug Volpel,my husband Jeff McLean, Lori Johnson from the corporation of Wawa- and her other half Doug. Meeting us at Hawk Junction were our guides, Gord and Russ Jones, of Jones Powersports. All i know is that unloading the gear and ATV's just didn't go fast enough to get me riding!!! I'm sure that after 6hrs any trail is going to look good.. nope..these trails were amazing!!! The area doesn't have clubs.. so you are on your own.. there are tonnes of side roads, logging roads, and crown land that is used, it is really challenging! Right up our alley! HOWEVER i am certainly glad for guides!!! If you do plan on making this trip.. there are a few ppl you should contact about getting you around the trails, the Jones brothers can point you in the right direction or Bristol off roading outfitters, it's a great investment for a day to get you the type of riding you will want! plus some of the places they take you to.. you'd NEVER find on your own.. well you might.. but i'm not sure you'd get back out of there!!!

Now, all that is missing from this trip is food right?? NOPE! I am fairly certain I gained at least 10lbs on this trip!!! the food was FANTASTIC! there was every type of food imaginable in Wawa.. your typical bar, burgers, fries many breakfast spots to choose from.. but the really memorable meals... our first evening we ate at Best Northern..

talk about amazing!!! All I heard about later that night was how GOOOOOOD the fish was from Doug and Jeff had the potatoe pancakes with yummy meat filling..

another spot you have to try out is Kinniwabi Pines Restaurant, it overlooks the michipicoten river and the view is ALMOST as good as the food!!! Portions are HUGE so you'd better bring your appetite!!!

And I guarantee you will find something to eat here... they specialize in European, Carribbean (trinidad), Canadian and Chinese food dishes!!!

There are so many other locations , scenics look outs.. Youngs General store... (ouch bring your other halfs credit card!!!) that you have to check out I could write forever... just put this destination on your list.. and get there!

Thanks to everyone for making this trip such a memorable one!

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