Cycling Date: Saturday 28-July-14
Mileage: 68 miles
Weather: Mid 60s to start. Low 70s to end.
Highlights of the day:
The weather continues to be strongly in our favor. The forecasted 40-50% chance of rain we all heard about last night failed to dampen our route. We had clear skies for most of the morning. Clouds came in after the SAG stop du jour but did nothing. As I write, we’re seeing a drop or two of rain but this is hours after the last riders arrived at the hotel. Oh, and did I mention that we had more tailwinds today?
The route today took us through more of Ontario’s flat to rolling farmland. We saw more corn, soybeans, tobacco, hay, and the yet to be positively identified grains. We added ginseng to our list. Many fields of ginseng, all shaded by dark semi light-permeable netting. Per one of our riders from 2013, who once considered farming ginseng, the plant requires 85% shade and the roots need to be cultivated for 5-10 years to mature. It sounds like this crop needs a lot of attention and commitment. Then there were a few sod fields. They looked like pristine lawns that stretched on for acres or should I say hectares (we are in Canada).
Today’s first culinary stop was at House’s Farm & Market. The on-road feast continued with peaches, plums, blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, and even a few veggies. Then there were the baked goods. Turnovers. Pies. Tarts. Cookies. Riders ate some at the market and then sent some to the hotel via the vans.
For those who wanted a more substantial lunch meal, the next stop was the Windmill Country Market in Mount Pleasant. Sandwiches, burgers, and more pastries were consumed. Once in Brantford proper, I think I heard rumor that a hot dog stand was located. I don’t think anyone will be hungry tonight!