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20 06 2009

Day 14:

Ending the day at a bed and breakfast is heaven, just what we needed having completed the first two weeks of the trip. That’s supposed to be the hardest part right? Having spent yet another night camping in the rain, we have all decided that we need to avoid that whenever possible; packing up wet gear in the rain is not fun. Add the mosquito invasion, and we were off to a rough start. As soon as we woke up we were treated to a nice surprise…the space between the tent and the rain fly was covered with tons, I mean tons, of mosquitos. It was absolutely disgusting. Perhaps the only thing that got us out of the tent was knowing that today was going to be a short distance day – planning to ride just 45 miles. Fixing Zach’s flat tire in the rain was less than ideal, but we managed to replace to tube and everything seems to be working well. We stopped for breakfast after leaving the campground, and the rain slowed down. However, as soon as we returned to our bikes it picked up again – just our luck! Shortly after we began riding we witnessed out first real crash. Zach, attempting a single handed maneuver, lost control and was sent sliding into the middle of the road. Luckily, there were no cars around and he got up with out any injuries – I think we may have even laughed at him. From there we continued just 7 miles until we were caught in a downpour. We sought shelter under an unused fruit stand before continuing on. We didn’t get very far, as a General store just around the corner was a good place to dry off and have a snack. Thanks to Mike for his friendly welcome – it was just what we needed! When we left store, the rain picked up once again. We continued along the lake shore, though you could barely see the water, as the storm continued to come in off the lake. Storm clouds continued to threaten, but the sun began to poke through as we arrived thoroughly soaked in Port Burwell for lunch. From there we continued through miles of tobacco farms and wind farms (a little ironic that the environmentally friendly initiative is paired with the tobacco industry). The wind turbines were really neat, and we came to realize why they are where they are. The head wind was the most extreme we have faced so far. We began practicing drafting techniques, which seemed to work well, though we have some work to do. Jake’s one legged pedaling technique gave us all a good laugh. After 23 more miles, we arrived in Port Stanley where we planned to stay the night. Despite logging just 45 miles, our late start and battle with the wind made it seem like much more. Checked in to the North Shore Inn (free from the rain and the mosquitos!), with our laundry in progress (thank you Flory!!), we are enjoying a late dinner once again. Thanks to Dave for the directions too! Hopefully things will dry out tonight, and we will be ready to complete a long day tomorrow – we hope to get within a morning’s ride of the the border.


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26 06 2009
Mike Rebry

Hi guys! Glad to read about your trip and that you survived the SW wind we here in Ontario know and love! Thanks for stopping by the Clear Creek Store. I was happy to accommodate you and enjoyed hearing of your adventures so far.
If you ever pass this way again be sure to stop in and say hi.
Take care and safe biking!

23 06 2009
Kip Leonard

Zach I just wanted to say NICE TANLINE HAHAHAH I especially like the ones on your hand.

21 06 2009
BIGJIM

I am so impressed with you guys, I’m sorry I haven’t commented before.
You are having an experiance that will live with you forever.
Good luck, safe biking and a wish that you have good weather.
Love, Jim and Jane……….

20 06 2009
Tracey Chesley

what wonderful memories you are creating. I’m really enjoying the posts!! be safe!

20 06 2009
Cathy

Hey you guys, watching your progress, I am truly amazed , and am in total awe of each one of you. love you all take care.

20 06 2009
John Cogan

Bring on the sun! Hang in their intrepid travellers. Better weather is on the way.

21 06 2009
Tim Winters

Thanks for keeping constant updates! I am enjoying the story! Keep the faith!

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