Cycling Date: Friday 24-July-15
Mileage: 84 miles
Weather: Low 60s to start. Low 80s to end. Light winds out of the SSE.
Highlights of the day:
We crossed into Canada today over the Blue Water Bridge. It’s quite the event complete with 32 riders, 3 vans with drivers, and an escort vehicle from the Blue Water Bridge Authority. They close down the eastbound side of the bridge for us, stopping all auto and truck traffic. Nobody seems to mind, waving at us we go by. Up and over the bridge and then it’s time for Canadian Customs. Behave, take this seriously, and no jokes, please. The Canadian customs officers were friendly, even when confronted with 32 red, white, & blue clad bikers (ABB jersey day). All went smoothly and we were quickly on our way east.
It turns out that Canadian farms don’t look too different from the American ones. We saw corn. We saw amber waves of grain, Canadian-style. Could have been wheat, rye, or barley. We saw a root vegetable of some kind. It was discussed at length and the opinion seems to lean towards turnips or sugar beets. We could be completely off the mark. We also saw tobacco. That one definitely confused us. It seemed vegetable-like in nature but was all leaf and not lettuce or kale or chard. We asked a local and then passed a road named “Tobacco Road.” It was definitely tobacco. We did see many but we sensed lots cows, in an olfactory kind of way. Lots of long buildings with fans. Based on our vast bovine-related experience, our best guess is we were passing sizable dairy farms. Our farmland education is coming along quite nicely!
Roads were lovely and smooth, for the most part. There was a little construction adding just over a mile to the route, all doable and completed without issue. Terrain was flat to lightly rolling, for the most part. Winds were right-front quartering, for the most part. Nothing too strong, just enough to make us wonder why we weren’t going a wee bit faster on the flats.
Our food find du jour was in the town of Delaware. BJ’s Country Market did very well by our riders (and staff…). Broccoli salad with cheese and bacon. What could be wrong with that?!? Sandwiches. Pastries. Ice cream. It was all good and all consumed efficiently with great enjoyment. Our first day in Canada was very enjoyable!
The one sad note, we had to say goodbye to one of our riders. He planned to leave us now but when we discussed it in Astoria, it was a long way away. Snuck up on us, it did! Safe travels, Bill. You'll be missed.