Day 13 – Port Bruce, Ontario to Wyoming, Ontario

We were on the road fairly early this morning, heading west toward Sarnia. We stopped to fill our water bottles in Port Stanley, and had a great conversation with some local guys, one of whom is actually bike touring around Ontario now! They told us about an Australian biker guy in the town, and said he’d have some great stories for us if we happened to run into him. Unfortunately, we didn’t get a chance to talk, but we did catch a glimpse of him, riding his bike cheerfully down a hill with  his Australian hat. 

We were optimistically and somewhat over-ambitiously hoping to make it to Michigan tonight, which would have made for another century ride. 

The wind was in our faces, but it was beautiful out today, and everyone was incredibly friendly. 

One guy slowed down his Coca Cola van to tell us (in a strong Canadian accent) “Nice shirts! You stick out like a sore thumb!” And with a smile and wave, he continued on. So moms, we stick out like sore thumbs on the road – don’t worry too much. 

Along the way, a car pulled over and a woman (with a share the road with bikes bumper sticker) named Mary offered us a place to stay for the night – with a shower! We were still imagining cruising on to Port Huron to hopefully meet up with my dad’s good friend Trisha White, but when those plans didn’t work out, we called Mary. 

We turned away from Oil Springs, biked through Petrolia, and made our way to Wyoming (town, not state). 

Even though we were pretty close, we of course had to take another snack break, and it was time for me to pull out the long-awaited, huckleberry-flavored energy gel from C.J. Spirito! It exceeded all expectations. And we were nearing 80 miles for the day, so it was very much needed. 

Mary’s husband Dino found us along the way from his motorcycle, asked us about dietary restrictions and preferences (we’re not easy – one vegetarian and one gluten/dairy free) and when we arrived at their house, not only did we get hot showers, we also got a delicious meal that met our complicated restrictions! Thank you so much to Mary, Dino, Solomon, and Allison!! 

14 thoughts on “Day 13 – Port Bruce, Ontario to Wyoming, Ontario

  1. Nancy Vanderlin June 30, 2016 / 2:02 am

    This is just an amazing blog! You could not have planned a more perfect trip!


  2. Laura/Mom June 30, 2016 / 2:22 am

    Hooray for sticking out like sore thumbs! (And for Aidan’s preventing Clara’s actual sore thumb.)
    C.J. will be happy you liked the huckleberry potion!
    Love, Mom/Laura

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  3. Chris/Dad June 30, 2016 / 3:11 am

    Port Bruuuuuuuuuuce!


  4. Tom Powell June 30, 2016 / 3:39 am

    It is the unexpected angels who appear along the road that make a trip an adventure. So glad Mary found you and offered you her home tonight. Our family just grew a little.
    Love, Dad/Tom


    • Dino June 30, 2016 / 11:02 am

      It was so very wonderful to meet you both. We wish you luck on the rest of your tour. I am sorry I wasn’t there to ride to the border with you today, hopefully Solomon will be your guide for part of the trip today. My wish for you is a safe ride with wind at your back.

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    • Mary June 30, 2016 / 11:04 am

      It has been a rare pleasure having Clara and Aidan stay with us – they have been delightful guests.


      • Tom Powell June 30, 2016 / 12:54 pm

        Mary and Dino, I hope you know what a joy it is for their parents back here in Vermont that you have looked after Clara and Aidan so well. Thank you. Thank you. Tom


      • Laura June 30, 2016 / 7:12 pm

        Ditto what Tom said – it is so heartwarming to hear about your kindness and hospitality for our kids while we’re home in Vermont! Thank you! 🙂
        Laura (Clara’s mom)


  5. Al June 30, 2016 / 1:55 pm

    Keep rocking! Hope you got across the bridge OK. The Michigan route has lots of quiet side roads, some paved, some gravel. I created a MI route on map-my-ride. If you need details here’s the link: It’s so great that people are so friendly and supportive. It’s what makes bicycling touring such a unique and special mode of travel. Happy Trails! Al


    • bikesoveramerica June 30, 2016 / 4:45 pm

      Thanks! We are across the bridge, and I’ll post photos of that leg of our trip tonight! We are loving your maps- they’ve been working so well, and everyone we show is impressed with the route you put together!


  6. Brianne June 30, 2016 / 7:38 pm

    Hi Aidan and Clara, Mary and Dino are our cousins and she shared your blog with us. If you need a resting place in Pennsylvania ( State College) we would love to host you. Wishing you both a fantastic and memorable journey!


    • bikesoveramerica June 30, 2016 / 10:41 pm

      Wow, thank you for the offer! We’re headed west, and won’t actually be in PA at all this trip, but we’ll keep you in mind in the future!


  7. Solomon July 1, 2016 / 1:00 am

    Glad you guys enjoyed the ride and got across the bridge. As well I very much enjoyed my ride with you guys this morning from my house to mandaumin. Wish I could’ve joined you to the bridge. Safe travels

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  8. Nancy Vanderlin July 1, 2016 / 2:50 am

    Brianne, this is Clara’s grandmother, and we live in Williamsport! It is a small world! Thank you, everyone, for your kindness to two great kids!


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