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I drove to Meadville, Pennsylvania today. Its about 560 miles from Shelby. Tomorrow I will drive the rest of the way to Rochester, another 200 miles. There will be 25 cyclists, some will be flying in, others will be driving depending on where they are coming from. There are quite a few from the east coast and some coming from the west….Oregon, Washington and California. We start the ride on Wednesday.
These pics were taken at a lookout point in West Virginia.

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Rochester, NY

Got to Rochester by noon. Met all the other cyclists at 2pm. A really fun group! We had cocktails and dinner together. We are riding 80ish miles tomorrow so it’s lights out early tonight. This is the start of our tour. We will be riding on paved bike paths like this a lot of the time. Always nice to be away from car traffic.

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Will post more pics after our ride tomorrow.

Rochester to Oswego

It was a tough 83 miles today. The last 40 miles were extremely hilly! I rode most of the day with a feisty 74 year old woman named Regina (Reg) from Bath, PA. She has the stamina of a 30 year old! At the end of the ride I was exhausted, my legs were like rubber, and I felt like I’d had a small stroke somewhere along the way. 🙂 After the ride Reg got off her bike after 83 miles and simply announced that she needed a beer! What a woman! she told me she was going to text her hubby and tell him that she rode all day with a 60 year old youngster. We are following the shoreline of Lake Ontario quite closely. The weather was perfect today..but it did get quite hot in the afternoon (80s). We stopped to help one of the riders with a flat tire at around the 60 mile point. Here are some pics.

P.S…thanks for all your comments! I feel like you are all with me on this ride!

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Oh Canada!

We crossed the border into Kingston, Ontario today. It was a 36 mile ride in the rain. At the 28 mile mark we took a short 10 minute ferry ride to Wolfe Island. Cost for the ferry = $2. We went through customs as soon as we got off the ferry and Voila! we were in Canada…and miraculously the rain stopped. Another 6 miles of cycling and we boarded another ferry (free) that took us to our destination for the day, Kingston, Ontario. The rain was not cold so it was not bad at all.

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Patty and I were the only ones dressed appropriately to enter Canada.

Patty and I were the only ones dressed appropriately to enter Canada.

Passports ready for customs.

Passports ready for customs.

The Slow-Spokes always brake for turtles.

The Slow-Spokes always brake for turtles.

On the ferry to Wolfe Island.

On the ferry to Wolfe Island.

Waiting to board the ferry.

Waiting to board the ferry.

ferry to Kingston, Ontario

ferry to Kingston, Ontario

Kingston to Trenton

It was a beautiful day for cycling….blue skies, sunshine, and cool. We rode 79 miles and the first 60 were great. We rode into a strong headwind for the last 20 miles which made the ride difficult. Luckily the wind didn’t really pick up until later in the day so the first part of the day was really nice. We rode yet another ferry today, the Glenora ferry. After we got off the ferry we rode into the small town of Picton and ate lunch at the Bean Counter Coffee Shop…I found some Nanaimo bars there! Close to the end of our ride we came across a little park where a group of Scottish bagpipers were playing. It was a good day.

view from the Glenora Ferry

view from the Glenora Ferry

Glenora Ferry

Glenora Ferry

Blue skies and lakeside riding most of the day

Blue skies and lakeside riding most of the day

Nanaimo bars!

Nanaimo bars!

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Scottish bagpipes - outdoor music close to our motel

Scottish bagpipes – outdoor music close to our motel

Trenton to Bowmanville

It was another very pleasant day for cycling…cool in the morning and warming up in the afternoon with sunshine all day! We rode through farmland communities that overlook Lake Ontario. On long distance bicycle rides you tend to ride with cyclists that match your speed. Luckily there are two riders that ride about the same speed as me so I have not ridden alone at all during this whole tour. Reg and Diana have been great riding buddies! We are not the slowest riders in our group but we do like to stop often to stretch, enjoy the scenery, and take a few pictures. On to Toronto tomorrow!

Great riding partners

Great riding partners

Country roads along the way

Country roads along the way

Stopped in town of Cobourn for lunch.

Stopped in town of Cobourn for lunch.

rickety old bridge

rickety old bridge

Diana and Reg in background climbing one of many hills

Diana and Reg in background climbing one of many hills

long hills

long hills

farmland by Lake Ontario

farmland by Lake Ontario

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Bowmanville to Toronto

Another great riding day! No rain and blue skies. It was a 55 mile ride of twists and turns, with a lot of riding on Toronto’s wonderful bicycle paths along the shores of Lake Ontario. I love Toronto…it’s so clean and the people are friendly. Everyone is glad to be in Toronto and to have a day of rest tomorrow.

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spacious porta-potty on the bike trail.  Ur-in-Luck

spacious porta-potty on the bike trail. Ur-in-Luck

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On the Water Front Trail

On the Water Front Trail

Toronto

We walked up to the Farmers Market this morning for breakfast…had a huge bacon and egg sandwich. Delicious! Several of us boarded a city tour bus and separated according to our interests for the day. I wanted to check out a castle right in downtown Toronto that was built in 1911 – Casa Loma. A few others joined me for that tour. After seeing the castle we went to Chinatown for lunch. We then checked out the Ontario Art Gallery. We had planned to take a ferry cruise of the harbour but didn’t want to wait 45 minutes for the next sailing, so…..found a bike shop instead and enjoyed browsing for stuff none of us needed :-). Took pictures of the CN Tower but didn’t want to spend over $30 just to ride the elevator to the top. I have been to the top of the CN Tower (many years ago) so didn’t really feel the need to do it again. I am ready to get out of the big city and back on my bike! Next stop: Burlington, Ontario.

Farmers Market

Farmers Market

Farmers Market

Farmers Market

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Castle

Castle

Casa Loma castle

Casa Loma castle

Chinatown

Chinatown

Chinatown

Chinatown

painting - Ontario Art Gallery

painting – Ontario Art Gallery

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Sculpture made entirely out of recycled cardboard. - Art Gallery of Ontario

Sculpture made entirely out of recycled cardboard. – Art Gallery of Ontario

CN Tower

CN Tower

Toronto to Burlington

We started our morning with a hearty breakfast at the Marche Restaurant close to our hotel in Toronto. It was a cool sunny morning but warmed up quickly as we rode out of Toronto. We rode mostly on the Water Front Trail and it was incredibly beautiful. I think today was my favorite cycling day so far on this tour.

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My Canadian Monkey change purse travels with me always.

My Canadian Monkey change purse travels with me always.

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Storage room for our bikes while in Toronto

Storage room for our bikes while in Toronto

Waterfront Trail

Waterfront Trail

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Carved trees along the Waterfront Trail

Carved trees along the Waterfront Trail

Beautiful swans on Lake Ontario

Beautiful swans on Lake Ontario

Sights along the way!

Sights along the way!

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Boardwalk in Burlington close to our motel.

Boardwalk in Burlington close to our motel.