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 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!
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.
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.