Cycling Date: Saturday 25-July-15
Mileage: 69 miles
Weather: Mid 60s to start. Low 80s to end. Humid. Winds out of the west.
Highlights of the day:
It felt a little more like summer today than it has lately. Temps up a bit. Humidity definitely up. We’ve been spoiled and today’s very gentle dose of reality almost made cause for a little grumbling. Almost. Until we all thought “Really??!?!??!?? We need to get over this one fast.” And we did.
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. And then they found the freezer case with Klondike Bars and Freezies (flavored frozen ice). Riders ate some at the market and then sent some to the hotel via the vans.
For those who wanted a more substantial lunchtime meal, Rocklings in Brantford was next on the itinerary. Burgers, pizza, and wrap sandwiches were consumed. I also think I heard rumor that a hot dog stand was located. Riding is all about the food.