Day Four - Ride Under the Falls then Toronto

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Randy taking a shower courtesy of the mighty Niagara.

Jerry and I got to sleep late today.    YEAH!!!  J&N along with J&R got up early and made their way down to the Falls for a ride on the famous Maid of the Mist.  They walked rather than take their bikes down the hill.  I wonder if they thought about the climb back up the hill?  You think??  Jerry and I did that back in 1992 when we were in the area, and No Thank You.

They got to wear the customary blue rainjackets but they still got a good shower.  Take a look at Randy.  Is he soaked or what?  For all of you that are thinking about visiting the Falls in the future, definitely take this ride! 

The boat has a powerful engine that takes you upstream where you can almost reach out and touch the waterfall.  In the summer months, there are long waiting lines, but it is worth the wait.

Maid of the Mist with a full load. Hold on and enjoy the ride!
  Just be patient.  On this particular September morning, there were no lines and the foursome got their jackets and walked right onto the boat.  They now have a story to tell their grandchildren.

After J&R and J&N got their shower on the Maid of the Mist, we checked out of the Marriott and turned our bikes west.  It was Monday and the highway was busy, but we weren't discouraged.  Toronto is a beautiful city set right against the blue waters of Lake Ontario.  The CN Tower is visible from miles away; that was our destination.   The parking deck was conveniently located right next to the Tower, so we swung in there and found a spot.

Nelda was the only one in our group that would stand on the glass floor at the top of the Tower.

Looking down on Toronto from CN Tower
  It was too much for me!  My stomach did a flip-flop and I knew I better not try it.  The view from the top was incredible.  We were blessed with clear skies and great visibility.

We probably spent too much time at the Tower and let the time slip up on us.  It was rush hour.  What a mistake.  Stop and go, stop and go, for two hours as we headed away from Toronto towards anywhere!  We weren't particular.  Just give us a comfortable room and something to eat.  That's all we needed to be happy.   The most important thing was to get out of the traffic! 

Heading North/East towards Montreal, we were clicking off miles at 80 MPH and quickly leaving Toronto in our rearview mirror.

Me and Jan doing our "homework"
  We didn't know how far we needed to ride to find a room, so when it was time for a fill-up, we studied our map and made some phonecalls ahead to check availability.  We ended up riding well after dark.  We were lucky enough to find a nice hotel with three rooms somewhere.   Don't ask me where.  It was late and everyone was tired.  By the time we crawled into the bed, it was after midnight.  A good night's sleep is absolutely imperative when traveling on a motorcycle.  An alert mind can make the difference between living and dying.

Tomorrow when we cross over the St. Lawrence River, we'll be back in the USA. 


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Maid of the Mist with a full load…
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Looking down on Toronto from CN T…
Me and Jan doing our homework
Me and Jan doing our "homework"
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Is this China or Toronto?
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