Lakehead University: Challenging route 58 km
Starting from LU is difficult since it forces travel on high traffic corridors. Accordingly use extreme caution when travelling on some of these high volume roadways. Having said that once you get onto to John St. Road past the landfill traffic falls off dramatically and you enter the farming zone. You will ride a gradual uphill until Mud Lake Road meets Dawson Road (Hwy 102). Mud Lake Road is a beautiful ride for about 7 km with rolling hills and terrain throughout. Once you turn east on Dawson Road the paved shoulder is wonderfully smooth and wide. Having said that the transport traffic is significant and you must have your wits about you. Turn back onto Mapleward then enjoy the 5 km down Government Road. You will come back on Dawson Road for the 3-4 km run down to Fassina. Turn right at the light and follow the bike path down to Valley St. Head down Valley and take either Golf Links back to LU or jump on the bike path and work your way back.
Lakehead U: To the Moose Coffee shop and back (56 km)
Leaving from Lakehead U head straight west on Oliver Road all the way to Twin Cities Cross Roads (by golf course). Head South about 3 km and turn right onto Pole Line Rd. Follow Pole line all the way to Kakabeka Falls and take a break at the Moose Coffee shop on the right hand side. There is usually cyclists taking a break at the Moose.You can also head west for about 1 km and view the "Niagara Falls of the North"; Kakabeka Falls. Turn back towards town and follow Oliver Road back until you get to Nicollette Rd and turn right (to avoid a rough section). Turn left as Nicollete joins Pole Line and follow your original route back to the start.
Points of Interest:
If you are new to Thunder Bay you must stop and see the "Falls"; especially when the runoff is high. It is a beautiful provincial park and well worth a quick stop.
Moose Coffee Shop:
A destination point for most TBCC cyclists is the Moose coffee shop in Kakabeka Falls. Great coffee, food and company. You might find a partner to ride back into to the city with.