Ahead of us lay what we didn't talk about in the planning stages, the unpredicable wild card variable... the crazy challenge that we all, though abstention, had accepted. We were, after 2 nights and 1 day of relaxation on Grace Lake, facing three portages of 2085 (Grace to Nellie up 16 ), 1470 (Nellie to Murray down 70), and 645 meters to our next scheduled campsite on Howry Lake. We planned but had not planned a distance of 4,200 meters three times totally 12,600 meters of portage... and, 6000 metres of paddling in one day.
There were several scenarios discussed but, the one most widely accepted was to take the route, difficult as it was, that we had all taciturnly accepted and had purchased and logged with Ontario Parks. We were to take the lawful path of our contract with the government.
My vote, was the only one for my return to the automobiles plan. I accepted the majority decision as my own.
We drank our 2 ounce daily portion of whiskey each in salute of the decision and turned to lighter topics like:
Which was the best method of disposing of plate scrapings, in the water or on the land?
I like being with this company of men.