Our adventure started on Thursday May 30th.
Chris and I woke early to get the car packed and hit the road, both of us eager to leave the city behind and start our 2 day drive north along the shores of Georgian Bay and Lake Superior, which might be one of the most beautiful drives in the world.
After a solid 10 hr drive we stopped for the night at a motel in White River. It seemed every night for the next 10 days that all my dreams revolved around monster Northern Pike in some way or another.
Friday morning we hit the road again, expecting an easy 6 hr drive into Nakina. The weather had changed overnight quite dramatically, the temperature had dropped about 10 degrees and it rained most of the night and continued to do so for most of the day. I had decided to take a different route this year than last as I had been told it was a much more interesting drive along the shores of the great lakes. So on a map it looked like a nice 2hr drive north through the country up to HWY 11. What I didn’t realize was that the route I planned was to take place on what was essentially a logging road and the 2 hr trip turned into a 4hr drive on a dirt road which had many sections virtually washed out and deep ruts throughout from the abuse of weighed down 18 wheelers full of timber. My sedan was definitely not built for the abuse we were about it to put it through. It was too late to turn around and after a brief discussion we decided to press on and hope for the best. We passed only one car in the 4hrs and when I say car, I mean 4 wheel drive pick up, and as we slowly passed each other there seemed to be a look of bewilderment on their faces, which gave us a bit of a chuckle. The only other signs of life we saw on this part was a young lumberjack, who stuck his head out from underneath a tarp he was using to keep dry. He was waiting by the railroad track with his gear and he gave us a friendly wave and smile as we went by. Finally, we made it back to a paved road and sense of relief had hit us both. We pulled into Geraldton an hour or two later and we stopped at the last grocery store we would encounter to stock up on food and supplies for the week ahead. Soon we arrived in Nakina and Twin Lakes Outfitters where we would stay for our final night before the real trip would begin in the morning.