Wet and wind and sand does not for a tidy pack-up make. Everything was stuffed messily into packs - the next unpack would be in a dry basement at home. Chris and Michael's tent site had, in fact, been flooded and their sleeping bags were wet.
Chris decided that since we had about 11km to go into a direct headwind, including open water on Lady Dufferin Lake, that Lisa and I would be split up and put into the front of canoes piloted by Ken and himself, respectively. This gave me the welcome opportunity to paddle a canoe with all my strength without having to worry about steering, and we made good headway. The open lake was a chore though. Occasionally an extra fierce gust of wind, the kind that causes tiny 1cm ripples on top of the existing whitecapped waves, would blow us to a near standstill. Fortunately, most of the narrower river sections were more sheltered.
Arrived, after a strenuous headwind paddle
The rest of the day was spent driving back to Ottawa, with Chris at the wheel of my car because several nights of bad sleep had caught up to me. We made the obligatory ice cream stop at Laurentian View Dairy in Deep River.
And so it was done: My first big canoe adventure. In one trip, I had doubled my lifetime total canoe mileage, and increased my lifetime total portage count by a factor of 10. I think I will do more of this. And I've finally bagged Ontario's high point. Thank you Chris, Michael and Ken for letting us join you.
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Map of today's route (also available without annotation). All pictures for this day.