Elaine and Linda kill time and try to calm their nerves as we cross Lake Simcoe. This is the largest body of water we encountered on this trip. At the south end of Lake Couchiching is the Atherley Narrows, just east of Orilia. We had a huge stern wheel type cruise boat follow us through the narrows and under highway 12, and Lynn called the captain on the boat to explain we were going as fast as we could. He then headed south west (likely to Barrie) as we headed southeast.
The trek across Lake Simcoe to the next stretch of the canal is about twenty km of open water. For the most part, the sky was blue and the winds were moderate, but a menacing cloud front could be seen off to the west. At one point when I was taking my turn at the wheel and the other three were below, I noticed a very unique "rogue wave" rolling toward us from our starboard side. It was a single long white wave that seemed to stretch for miles, and appeared to be about three feet high. It was not created by any passing boats because we had not seen a boat in the last half hour. We were all alone. I called Lynn to come up to see it just before we hit it. I steered into it so we could take it by our length rather than be broad-sided. As it passed on, the lake was again calm.