Ashland Oredock. On my bike under part of it. Enlarge the last photo for neat information about The Big Lake.
Jimmy cradled in Paul's hand! S. Dakota's colorful sunflower fields. Early morning deer @ West Whitlock SRA (off the Missouri River).
Ashland WI was a great stop for us, with a very nice city C/G on Lake Superior, a 10-mile loop bike trail, lots of amenities inc. an artesian well, and the Oredock. Originally constructed in 1916, the Oredock was the largest concrete structure of its kind in the world... and our C/G lay in its shadow. We didn't know what in the world it was - the thing is huge! Ore-filled train cars would drive onto the dock and drop their load into ore ships below. It's now partially dismantled and inaccessible. We rode the bike loop along the lake and thru the city. Really enjoyed our stay.
Into South Dakota with it's golden waves of grain and acre upon acre of bright sunflowers, always facing east. How could anyone feel lousy surrounded by such a display? Watched Mom deer and two fawns browsing early one morning - made a pretty picture.
Lunch break on a sandbar. Playful river otters. Isn't this a pretty sight?
As we toodled along the road and were looking for a place to camp for the night, Bethel Outdoor Adventure and Campground popped into view. And they’re on the lively Androscoggin River. For a few bucks they’d take us ten miles upriver the next morning, drop us and our tandem inflatable kayak off, and leave us to our day! Bingo! We spent four hours paddling, floating and goofing off down the river, thru rips and rapids, around islands, and into shallow channels back to our campsite. Perfect weather for a day on the river. Met a red squirrel paddling like mad to get to the other side, a gaggle of common mergansers, and a family of river otters (who popped their heads up like periscopes to inquire about our business on their river!). Fun day!
Beginning the bike ride from Alberton to Tignish. Jimmy at the world's largest mailbox! Eh?
Walking the waterline where the West Point Lighthouse and wind farm are.
After an enjoyable week on PEI, we're leaving in the morning....
Across the long bridge. Checking on the apples - not quite ripe. Trail's turn-around point this day.