Anyone know the routes?
At base camp at the end of the season. Left to right, back row: Flip Drinker (staffman), Ryan Greenless, Jake Gordon, Nick H, Worth Ellison, Jim Graves, Eric Ries (guide). Front row: Pat Crowe, Chris Kerhes, Andrew Neustaetter, Gabe Williams, Jamie Wallace.
Bridge of Death
The first cool thing about the trip was the Bridge of Death that went over the Allanwater River near its mouth at the rail line. It connected the mailman’s house to the rest of Allanwater. I remember Eric telling us how “the population of Allanwater is about 4.” The Bridge of Death is guarded by the dogs of death, who, by their numbers, appeared to have bred a lot.
The Lonely Shoe
The rock portage on the Kopka River was this moderately long path that worked its way through some woods, but then turned into what looked like a rock quarry. A better way to describe it would be gargantuan white rocks. It’s too bad no one took a picture of us hopping from one boulder to another with canoes and 100-pound loads on our heads. It was truly a unique sight. On top of one of the rocks was a single Chuck Taylor shoe. No one could figure out why it was there.
After Lake Nipigon we came to this village on the train line. It was one hell of a town. The grocery store was a pink stucco warehouse thing, and the train station was a dirt field with a rotting brick building. The police almost kicked us out for pitching tents in the middle of their train “station.”
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