Today started with Wes and myself loading our bikes onto his truck for the journey over the Ambassador Bridge and into Canada. Cyclists are not allowed to cross so I needed some help to get over. This also eliminated some urban riding through Detroit which could have been hairy.
Once across and into Canada Wes accompanied me for about 10 miles until we reached Amherstburg. After Coffee and a Doughnut we said our goodbyes and I continued my journey alone again.
Thankyou Wes and Barbara for being so hospitable and helping me see so much of Detroit.
It's a good feeling to be riding in a different country. It's also rewarding having a 2nd country to add to the list of statistics for this bike ride. I wonder if it will be the last?! Does anyone want to quit there job, evict their kids, release their pets and ride through South America with me?
It was a great day for riding. Temperatures dropped to average in the mid twenties. Most importantly though, the humidity dropped from 6,090,988,865 on the humidity scale back to normal levels.
After Amherstberg I turned and headed east and faced a slight head wind. It wasn't the kind of head wind that drives you to a nervous breakdown, but you knew it was there.
Because of the good conditions I decided to push for a good day. I managed 83.6 miles. I was riding very slowly for the first 40 miles, but after lunch I seemed to find some extra energy. I was stood up and pedalling hard for long periods of the final 40 odd miles.
I'm without a phone (and as a result live track) while I'm in Canada so I rode into Blenheim blind. I knew there were 3 places to stay but hadn't called ahead to any of them. On arrival the first had no vacancies and the 2nd had shut down. I was getting worried and was very thankful when I found the third was open and had a space for me. This could have meant lots if extra riding but the motel gods were nice to me.
My route us now going to simply skirt the top side of Lake Erie until I reach Niagra Falls.