Day 70: A Busy Day

57.48 miles

Early morning long shadowsIt’s been a while since we got an early start to our biking and so last night we agreed to wake up early today. We had oatmeal (again), but today pop-tarts helped provide a more welcome breakfast treat. We packed up as quick as we could and were on the road by about 8 AM. There was a little bit of headwind, but the morning light cast a warm glow on the landscape and made for enjoyable biking.

It didn’t take long to reach Port Stanley where we wanted to fuel up with an early lunch. Just as we got into town Caroline noticed her back tire getting flat. We found a shady spot and I took apart the tire and tube. As you might recall, Caroline got a piece of glass in her tire 11 days ago. I had put a tire boot inside her tire to prevent the tube from popping out the small hole. It was probably unnecessary, but I figured it couldn’t hurt, right? Wrong. The stiff edges of the tire boot were actually wearing into the tube and had caused one small hole and others were imminent. Maybe those tire boots are only meant to be used for a short time to get you home? Regardless, I took out the tire boot and in it’s place I put one of the small adhesive tube patches I’m carrying. They’re meant to go on tubes, but I figured it could help patch up such a small hole in the tire as a safety measure against the tube poking out the hole. I put everything back together with a new tube and it held air fine.

Alan on the phone

Alan on the phone

After that we found a cafe for a bite to eat. We both were tired and tempted to just stay there in Port Stanley for the night. Later in the day as we were fighting headwinds I was really wishing we had stopped early. However, we decided to push on another 30+ miles to a Port Glasgow campground. Since the day was so hot, I thought of a reason to stop and rest for a while. We’ve been meaning to purchase a travel medical insurance policy, but we couldn’t buy this particular policy until we left the U.S. Well, now that we’re in Canada we should be able to buy it, right? I called up the guy I had spoken with a couple months ago and explained things. He was happy to help and talked me through all the medical questions and submitted our application. The policy cost about $2200 for 12 months and has a $2500 deductible, but it should help protect us from any large medical bills if either of us has a serious accident on this trip.

Bat on church wall

Bat on church wall

While we were stopped I also placed a call to Wallingford Bikes in New Orleans. They have a good reputation for selling leather bike saddles by Brooks and other companies. Caroline and I are both suffering from sore butts on this trip and I wanted to ask Bill at Wallingford a couple basic questions about leather saddles and how to break in the leather. I probably should have just placed an order while I had him on the phone, but I decided to think things over for a day or two. While I was on the phone, Caroline took photos of the small church we stopped at and even found a small bat roosting on the basement wall.  After this long stop we got back on the bikes to keep pedaling.

Happy Caroline at farm stand

Happy Caroline at farm stand

Today was another day with very few services along our route. When we reached the small town of Wallacetown (which was little more than a gas station and restaurant) we stopped for a bite to eat. After eating a decent Greek salad and the best damn piece of pie in my life (peach with lots of whipped cream on top), I was really glad we stopped. With that fresh fuel in our engines we pushed on. One more stop before we finished for the day was at a roadside farm stand for some tomatoes and mushrooms. Caroline decided to make a fresh pasta sauce with these veggies rather than use the tomato paste and pre-packaged sauce mix in her food pannier. The lady at the stand saw us eyeing the fresh corn and insisted we take an ear for free. Happy to, thanks!

It was windy and rain was threatening when we finally reached the Port Glasgow RV Park. We’re the only ones in the small tent camping area. Caroline used a nearby rec hall to cook inside away from the light rain. A few retirees were inside playing cards and they didn’t mind us using the room as well. While dinner was cooking I ran a load of laundry. Then we ran up to the camp store just in time for ice cream before they closed up. After that eventful day I’m sure we’ll be sleeping soundly tonight!

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