Sunday, May 31, 2015

Pan-Am Torch Relay Days 1 & 2 Toronto to Thunder Bay to Wawa

Deja Vu! Here we go again. (After the 2010 Olympic Torch Relay across Canada in 2009/2010, and the 25th anniversary Rick Hansen relay in 2011/2012) This was the first group of torch bearers in Thunder Bay. (the relay actually started in Toronto on Saturday, but we had the two days of travel to be ready for day two)

Usually there is a slow start to the relay as far as fan support, so I was pleasantly surprised to see the signs coming out so soon.

Omg, a torch from the 2010 Olympic torch relay, on display at the Thunder Bay City Hall

Not a bad crowd for a Sunday morning on a brand new relay.

This torch bearer, Kathryn, reminded me that I was her driver when she was a medal bearer on the 25th anniversary Rick Hansen relay. She ran in Kakabeka Falls.

The core convoy, plus or minus a couple of vehicles.

The cauldron is lit in downtown Thunder Bay, the medal bearer in the shot is a local Olympic Cyclist, Curt Harnett
As we left Thunder Bay, we had to stop at the iconic Terry Fox memorial.
Along the way , Lake Superior is everywhere
Well, a picture says a gazillion words. Yes, I know it's hard to believe, but our second medal bearer spot was at the birthplace of the world's most famous bear, Winnie the Pooh! Of course you knew it was in White River, Ontario.
If your interested, zoom in on the plaque

White River random pond shot

We were a little early, so to kill time we hit the playground. (here is my relay partner and torchbearer host, Hayley, checking out the swings)
There is a Winnie the Pooh museum in White River, I think this carving is not the best representation of a children's favourite.

The whole Great Lakes thing just blows the mind of a boy from what I thought was a big lake, Okanagan!

White River, with a population of one thousand, had a small, but fun event. They had a barbecue, live music and the spirit that will take the flame to Toronto.

Where would my day end up? In Wawa of course! (lucky enough for my third visit to the area)

ever vigilant. wow, what a difference from the last two times I came through here. Green, instead of white, go figure!

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