We had a marvellous ride over the bridge which was a bit of a dress rehearsal for our arrival in Portsmouth, I reckon and there was something terribly emotional about 50 plus cyclists in the same shirts riding together.
My last Canada experience was a great one so I wondered if this would be the same?
We had a bit of a detour courtesy of Jeff to meet his Mum and see what the underside of the bridge looked like. I saw this and it reminded me of Neil Young's album 'War' and the song 'Flags of Freedom'.
I found that the Canadian countryside reminded me of Wisconsin in that people take pride in the presentation of their properties be they farms, or houses with huge gardens.
I did think that planting a seed in a disused silo was an interesting way of training a tree?
Perhaps this family was responsible?
And this is where they appear to live!
What was that I was saying about nice houses? Shortly after, I was flagged down by a resident who was curious about all the cyclists in matching shirts who had gone past his house. This was swiftly followed by a motorist and both wished us a warm welcome to Canada and good luck for the ride - nice.
We then passed through the town of Strathroy and I concurred with the local golf club's views on how to enjoy the summer weather.
No,it bloody well doesn't!!!
I could happily become a member of the Optimist Club.
I then spent some time looking for the pessimist club but couldn't find it. I suppose the residents thought it was a waste of time and would have little support.!!!!!!!!!!
Now, cyclists do wear some odd gear from time to time but I had not realised that we had members of the Bolshoi Ballet in our midst!!!
A picture of sartorial elegance or an audition for 'Men in Tights'? You decide!! Actually, they are for protction from the sun. Would I be seen wearing them? You decide?
After arriving safely at our hotel and showering etc, my attention was drawn to the local opportunities for a bit of relaxation. There was no menu on the door so I went to the 'Hustler Pool Club' for a beer instead!
And I was glad I did as I met the owner of this rather tasty Harley inside and we had some good craic which caused me to miss Rap.
Today was a bit longer than planned because of some unexpected road construction but was a pretty easy day with few hills (Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaay).
Mileage - Intended 80.Actual 88
Climbing - 1500
Time In Saddle 6 hrs 45 mins
Average Speed - 13 mph