Day 41 - London to Brantford ON
Mileage: 69 miles
Weather: Mid 60s to start. Low 80s to end. Winds calm to start and then built out of the NNE.
Highlights of the day:
The route today took us through more of Ontario’s flat to rolling farmland. We saw more corn, soybeans, hay, and other yet-to-be-identified grains. We added tobacco and ginseng to our list. There were many fields of ginseng, all shaded by dark semi light-permeable netting. Per one of our riders from 2013, who once considered farming ginseng, the plant requires 85% shade and the roots need to be cultivated for 5-10 years to mature. It sounds like this crop needs a lot of attention and commitment.
Today’s first culinary stop was at House’s Farm & Market. The on-road feast continued with peaches, plums, blueberries and even a few veggies. Then there were the baked goods. Turnovers. Pies. Tarts. Cookies. And then they found the freezer case with Klondike Bars and ice cream cones. Riders ate some at the market and then sent some to the hotel via the vans.
For those who wanted a more substantial lunchtime meal, Rocklings in Brantford was next on the itinerary. Burgers, pizza, and wrap sandwiches were consumed. I also think I heard rumor that a hot dog stand was located. Riding is all about the food.
We ended the day with a ride on a bike path. It’s a rails-to-trails type path so it was relatively flat and protected, a very nice way to end the day. We liked it so much, we might even add more for next year.
Our final destination was Brantford, birthplace of Wayne Gretzky. For those of you who are not familiar, he is a very well know hockey player. They take hockey very seriously here in Canada. He has his own very busy parkway here in town amongst several other relevant sites. On his parkway, you can also find a Tim Horton’s. A coffee, donut, breakfast and sweets shop chain that is all over Canada and parts of northern US. Tim Horton was another famous Canadian hockey player. They take hockey very seriously here.
We have one more day in Canada tomorrow and then it’s over the Rainbow Bridge into Niagara Falls. I think there will be more than just a few pictures taken. G’nite!