Mileage: 69 miles
Weather: Mid 60s & wet to start. Low 70s & dry to end. Winds out of the NE.
Highlights of the day:
We got a little wet this morning. Our early rollers spent probably spent 10 miles in the rain. 2nd loaders missed most of it but everyone got to enjoy wet stuff kicking up off the pavement. Skies cleared well before the first SAG. All in all, not bad for a rain day. Then there was the wind. It was not what we would call friendly today. Blowing in the double digits all day long and out of the ENE. Our route took us mostly east and a little north. We had a full day to work on our “making peace with the wind” mantra. Ohmmmmmmm…
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.
Today’s first culinary stop was at House’s Farm & Market. The on-road feast continued with peaches, blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, and even a few veggies. Then there were the baked goods. Turnovers. Pies. Cookies. And then they found the freezer case with Klondike and Haagen-Dazs Bars. Riders ate some at the market and then sent some to the hotel via the vans.
The day finished up with some miles on a bike path through farmland & meadows then onto the city streets of Brantford. Some of the riders found yet another food source at a pedestrian mall at the Brantford City Centre. One more bike path along Wayne Gretsky Parkway and we were into the hotel for the night.