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July 28 - Ontario’s Beauty

28 July 2009 No Comment

img_8312.jpg July 28, 2009
Stage 28
Little Lake George, ON to Montreal River, ON.

The first team began the day with a warm breakfast and was on the road by 6 am. The plan for the team today was to leave Sault Ste. Marie and head north towards Wawa (For those of you that are wondering, yes this is really the name of the town!). After the morning Ardas all the runners piled on to the bus except for the very first runner, Sarpreet. The team was extremely enthusiastic and motivated their expressions eagerly waiting for their turn, despite the fact that we were all up before the sun. The runners were pleasantly surprised by the refreshing morning breeze and understood why most people love to run so early in the mornings! Since we were running in a main city, Sault Ste. Marie, there were many curious glances as we passed by onlookers who appeared to be captivated by our bright yellow and blue uniforms while holding the Nishan Sahib in our hands.

After a couple of hours we had a quick stop over at a small gas station where we were greeted by a friendly dog named Muffins. Muffins was extremely excited to see so many children at once, she was wagging her tail frantically back and forth as we descended the bus one by one. We all played with her for a bit and petted her shiny golden coat while we waited for the others. When it came time to go we were sad that we were not able to spend as much time with the dog as we would have liked. However, we had a very busy schedule that we had to follow! Our short journey included beautiful scenery which was enjoyable to watch as we passed through Ontario.

At lunch, we arrived at the halfway point of the Trans-Canada highway, which runs from St. John’s, Newfoundland, to Victoria, British Columbia. At this particular location there was a mini-waterfall with water crashing down these huge boulders that we later would climb, creating the most spectacular view. As soon as the team finished lunch we hiked up a small trail so that we could take a closer look at the falls. As we walked across the boulders some of us would help the youngsters climb the rocks so that would be able to enjoy the sight as well. The groups took plenty of pictures to capture our small but nonetheless exciting adventure. The team was back on the road at around 12:30 pm continuing to head towards Wawa. We finally reached our destination at a quarter to five and all took hot showers to soothe our aching muscles. All in all the day was not only productive but very exciting! A special Thank You to Manbir Aunty for preparing a delicious home cooked Punjabi meal. It has been ages since we all had daal and subjj so it was very much appreciated.

We are currently staying at a very unique cabin like accommodation that includes a full kitchen and a cozy fireplace. It has been a very tiring and fun-filled day, as for now we are about ready to curl up by the warm fire and call it a night.
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