We woke up at the greenhouse this morning, and met Wendy’s husband whose name… wait for it… is Tom! What a coincidence to stay with a couple who have the same names as Aidan’s parents!
Niagra Falls was only about 25 miles away, so we got a bit of a late start and arrived there just before it really started to get hot.
We biked across the Rainbow Bridge to Canada, and went through border contol with a pretty fun conversation. “No, we don’t have any weapons, just dehydrated food. We’re not really sure where we’re staying tonight… probably a campground about 30 miles west of here.” It went on from there.
As we stood on the sidewalk pulling lunch out from our panniers, we became somewhat of a tourist attraction. Lots of people stopped to ask about our trip (we were both wearing our day glow VLT Cycling Coast to Coast shirts) and one guy even asked for a selfie with us!! It was a proud moment. And a great selfie.
We spent some time in the shade, got fries from the Hard Rock Cafe, filled our water bottles, and biked by the falls. There is certainly a reason why that place draws people from all around the world.
This afternoon, we experienced what was probably the first of many, many strong headwinds. But before we got too discouraged, we stopped at a grocery store and bought as much food as we could fit in our panniers, then continued biking in a great mood. We brought our bikes into the store, and enjoyed all our interactions with people in there. So far, Canadians are living up to their reputation of being incredibly friendly. And we’ve heard lots of “eh”s too!
We spent the next 2 hours or so biking along this little road that followed a long and narrow marsh. That was a really enjoyable ride, because there was so much wildlife in and around the water. Herons, ducks (and lots of ducklings!), muskrats, turtles, otters, and huge bullfrogs.