Day 72: Quiet Country Roads

43.52 miles

Quiet dirt road riding

Quiet dirt road riding

We had a decent internet connection at the motel last night, so we took full advantage to catch up on writing blog posts and uploading photos.  We did more work online this morning before hitting the road.  One email I received was from a warm shower host who couldn’t host us tonight, so we looked online for campgrounds and there were not many to choose from.  It would probably be a long day (compared to our average) to reach the next campground.

Bamboo bike

Bamboo bike at historic site

Leaving the motel we took a dirt road to reach the paved road that is our “official” route provided by the ACA.  The dirt road was nice and quiet with barely any cars.  The paved road was fairly busy with hardly a shoulder to speak of.  After several miles we decided to turn off the paved road and ride more backcountry roads so we wouldn’t have to worry about cars buzzing too close.  We wanted to stop by a historic site called Uncle Tom’s Cabin which commemorates the life of Rev. Josiah Henson, who’s autobiography was a source for the novel by Harriet Beecher Stowe.  The quiet back roads took us to the historic site and we had lunch of yogurt and granola before walking through part of the historic exhibits.  I guess I didn’t get enough sleep last night because I was dozing off while watching the introductory video about the site.

After that stop we again stuck to dirt roads heading west to Wallaceburg, Ontario.  Sometimes the ACA routes seem to pick overly busy roads or roads with no shoulder.  At times like those it’s a good idea to find a different road that might be more enjoyable to bike along.  Today was one of those times.  However, the ACA maps are usually good resources for campgrounds.  Unfortunately there are no campgrounds nearby and so we were relying on Google to locate and navigate to tonight’s campground.  It led us astray a little bit and we had to get help from a local, but we got there eventually.

Borrowed camp furniture

Borrowed camp furniture

This campground is another one where everyone here seems like a permanent resident.  Most campgrounds close for the winter, but I wonder if people live here year round.  They definitely don’t seem be be expecting many overnight visitors like us.  Our campsite doesn’t even have a picnic table so a nice guy gave us a couple folding lawn chairs and a TV tray to use.  And the swimming pool doesn’t look like it’s been used in a decade.  It’s empty and the concrete around it is falling apart.  On the plus side, they have a very nice little bathroom to use.  It has real cedar paneling and feels just like a bathroom in someone’s home.  It’s an odd campground all right.

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2 thoughts on “Day 72: Quiet Country Roads

  1. That’s saying something when one of the campground’s highlights is the bathroom. Move along, nothing to see here.

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