Day 14 – Wyoming, Ontario to Brown City, MI

Our day was off to a wonderful start when we woke up to discover that Mary had made muffins and bacon (Canadian style) and fruit for breakfast! There were gluten free apple muffins and gluten full blueberry muffins, both of which I can vouch for. Aidan, who has been gluten free for seven years, says that they were without a doubt the best gluten free muffins he’s ever had. We have been fondly remembering them all day. 

We then had the pleasure of riding the first 45 minutes or so with Solomon. We cruised along, drafting him most of the way, learned about the importance of Tim Hortons (aka Timmies) in Canada, and were impressed with the number of trucks that honked at Solomon’s request. While letting us benefit from his taking the wind, he never missed the chance to send a little wave in greeting to the passing cars. 

We sadly said goodbye to Solomon and Mary (who met us along the way to bring him to work), and we admired their bumper sticker again. 

 We soon reached the Blue Water Bridge in Sarnia – the way back to the U.S, where (we had been warned) is technically bike free. But we started on the Canadian side, where border control people are quite friendly, and they brought us and our bikes across in a truck!

I think the guy was a little bit entertained by us. 

We made it across the bridge, checked in with the U.S. customs people (somewhat less kind than those on the other side) and pedaled away. 

We got another opportunity today to use our repair kits! Aidan got a flat tire, so we pulled out a spare tube, and tire irons, unloaded the bike, and got to work. We carefully checked the tire for anything sharp that could potentially cause another flat, and finding nothing, we got the new tire all set pretty quickly. 

We stopped at a grocery store, stocked up on some heavy items for dinner and more granola bars (we run through those so quickly!) and talked to Jean who worked there, and she pointed us in the direction of the office for the town newspaper. We stopped in there, told them about what we’re doing, and they plan to write up a little article on our trip!

Dinner tonight was legendary. Okay, it was rice and beans, but we went all out. 

Camping is never a reason not to eat well!

We sautéed the onion, cooked it with the rice and beans, then proceeded to add avocado, coleslaw, and in my case, cheese. 

We considered today somewhat of a rest day, but ended up going 60 miles! The flat roads change everything. We’re also getting to be in pretty good shape, with tan lines always getting better. 

9 thoughts on “Day 14 – Wyoming, Ontario to Brown City, MI

  1. Chris Slesar July 1, 2016 / 1:32 am

    L-ing OL. The border story is epic. Hope you got the recipe for the muffins.


  2. Alex Schlosser July 1, 2016 / 1:46 am

    Lucy forgot Ricky was holding her passaport.


  3. Laura/Mom July 1, 2016 / 2:13 am

    I just read that as of tomorrow in VT, drivers are supposed to give bikers 4 feet of space! Yay!
    I hope Michigan is as friendly as Ontario was!
    xoxo Love, Mom/Laura
    P.S. 60 miles is a “rest day”??

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  4. marilyn bratt July 1, 2016 / 2:28 am

    Ride on!!!!!!!! Good shape is an understatement! Love Aunt Mar


  5. Liza Joy Marcato July 1, 2016 / 2:29 am

    I was going to tell you before you left, if you guys are ever feeling homesick sauté some onions. Looks like you got that covered check 🙂


  6. Laura/Mom July 1, 2016 / 2:43 am

    Wait, what is that newspaper called? I’ll try to find it online. 🙂


    • bikesoveramerica July 1, 2016 / 12:18 pm

      The Yale Expositor. They’re going to send us a copy when we’re done biking!


  7. Carolyn July 1, 2016 / 11:57 am

    I am loving reading your posts…following your journey. What an amazing adventure you are on and something you can already be so very proud of. Hugs to you both!


  8. Mary July 1, 2016 / 1:28 pm

    I’m glad that the muffins will be fondly remembered. I can’t take credit for recipe, I’m just the baker 🙂 There is a “Nothing Muffin” recipe in the front of my 1982 Muffin Mania cookbook (that my mom gave me when either I moved away, or they left the country). I substituted the flour for Bob’s Red Mill GF All purpose baking flour + 1/2tsp Duinkerken Xanthan Gum…
    1 c. AP flour
    2 tsp baking powder
    1/2 tsp salt
    1/2 c white sugar
    1/2 c milk (I used soy milk)
    1/4 c melted butter (I used veg. oil)
    1 egg

    Mix dry, mix wet, mix together. Bake for 15-20 mins at 350-375 degrees. Makes 6 large muffins.

    You can add anything you want – I added cinnamon and chopped apples.

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