Great Lakes Planning Trip–Day 4

October 1, 2011

Jeff Stumb is still on the road…here are a few of his comments from Day 4 of the trip!

DAY 4 — Parry Sound and Barrie, Ontario

After leaving Sudbury, the furthest point north on the 2012 Great Race, we headed south toward the beautful town of Parry Sound, Ontario. Although the theme for the event is the Great Lakes, we obviously cannot hug the coast all the way around the lakes and do any rallying. But the interior portions of Canada coming up on Day 4 and Day 5 are probably some of the most picturesque ever on the Great Race. And that starts with Parry Sound. Unfortunately for us, it was raining all day and the view was obscured most of the day. Parry Sound is home to hockey legend Bobby Orr, and the stop there on June 25 will be at the Bobby Orr Museum over looking Georgian Bay. If there is a more lovely spot in Canada, I’d like to see it.

After leaving Parry Sound, we continued south toward Barrie, which is home to the largest Automotive Flea Market in North America each year. Barrie is about 50 miles north of Toronto and a city located on the shore of Simcoe Lake. The stop in Barrie is being planned for Dunlop Street, which is one block from the lake. Barrie has a Holiday Inn Convention Center which will accomodate all of the race teams at the same hotel, making it one of the few nights we will all be together in the same hotel.

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