This week we made the long awaited trip to see Aly and Matt way up north in Moosonee. On Wednesday Aug. 17 we left Thessalon travelling north on Hwy 129 towards Chapleau. We were driving in two vehicles as we were taking the Jeep up for Matt and Aly to use. The road follows the Mississagi River with lots of bends and turns, but it is very beautiful through the Algoma forest. We stopped for lunch in Chapleau having a quick tour of the town museum. The road straightens and we made our way to Timmins on Hyw 101. The travel was good and we watched the blue sky and amazing cloud formations as we traveled through that rugged country. When we got to Timmins we stopped in at Walmart to make some last minute purchases. The greeter told us that a tornado warning was posted for Timmins and Cochrane. No wonder we had those amazing clouds.
We watched the weather all the way to Cochrane but no Tornado. In fact it was a bright sunny day and we made the trip in just over hour. We checked into the Golden Gate Motel and toured Cochrane a bit. It is a nice little town, but the most important thingis, it is the birth place of Tim Horton. We checked out the train station , purchased our tickets for the trip to Moosonee and found where we would drop of the Jeep later that night. Supper was at A&W and then back to the motel to load up the Jeep with food, luggage and parcels for Moosonee. At 1030pm we took the Jeep over to the train yard left the keys with a train man (we hoped), for loading on a flat car in the morning.We made our way back to the motel for a good night's sleep and then off to the train at 730 am. We boarded the train and left for Moosonee at 900h. The train travels slowly but we enjoyed the scenery and atmosphere of the Polar Bear Express. Trees, trees and more trees! It is quick interesting to see the change in vegetation as you make the trip. Very few people as well, Cochrane district has a population density of about ½ person for every square kilometer. We arrived in Moosonee at 230pm, Aly met us at the train and we got a tour of the town. Check out the pictures of the trip north.