The team at Expedition Akor are slowly approaching the end of their incredible journey. Within weeks, they could be sitting at home recalling all of the troubles they faced as if speaking of past lives.
Indeed, our friends are getting dangerously close to their ultimate goal. They are currently camping on the shores of Lake Superior, just past Thunder Bay.
This week, Nicolas and Guillaume celebrated a special anniversary: their seventh month of the expedition! They are stunned when they think of how far they have come since Eureka.
As Nicolas recalls on the expedition,
"It feels like it was three years ago. As if there had been three separate expeditions in this improbable journey."
Once out of Winnipeg, they entered the boreal forest and thus left the prairies with their winds and big trucks blasting past the group at 130 km/h.
They have been occupied with steep and sometimes very long, unforgiving hills for the past few days. Yet, they say it is mentally much less difficult to bear than a headwind on the prairies.
On the other hand, the road is majestic in its own right. After leaving the beautiful town of Kenora, they crossed an area along the Lake of the Woods where there is more water than land. They decided to take the southern route to the United States because it is less busy.
It was a delightful few days, without cars and very safe. They even slept one night on the edge of the United States.
Nicolas has been having issues with his bike: the spokes of his rear wheel keep breaking. After two repairs that didn't last more than a couple of days, he stopped in Thunder Bay to check his wheel at a bike shop.
Catherine's knees are still tender, but there is no degradation, which is reassuring. Our group is now all well accustomed to the bike: their buttocks and thighs have gained an inch of muscle.
With all this, our adventurers still have to get around Lake Superior and Lake Huron, which should take them two weeks. They will have to face huge differences in altitude: their cardio will be put to the test!
As always, we wish them good luck and courage!
Make sure to follow along on our social media accounts, @naakbars to stay up to date with any breaking news and photos from Expedition AKOR. Be sure to read more about the team on our previous Blog Posts.