Today we rode 87 miles from Port Huron to London, Ontario. The ride had almost no climbing (900 feet, a big chunk of which were probably on the bridge into Canada). We have been extremely lucky with the weather the past two days: nightime/morning rain cleared for our ride yesterday, it poured again last night, and this morning the weather was perfect again. It rained again after we got into the hotel this afternoon, so it is almost as if mother nature is giving us windows to ride in every day. We had some headwind today, but all in all, it was a great day to ride.

Crossing the Blue Water Bridge into Canada was one of the most fun parts of the entire trip. America By Bicycle had pre-cleared us with customs and the bridge toll booth checkpoints. They traditionally have closed one lane to allow the biking group to cross, but since the bridge was under repair and one lane was already closed, they shut down the entire bridge for our benefit! We had to get up early for this and be loaded by 6am, then lined up in the parking lot to set off in a mass group at 6:25am. The bridge heads toward the east, the sun was rising directly in front of us and everything was majestically quiet as the 50 of us passed over the bridge. It was awesome. We were not allowed to stop and take pictures, so I am hoping that someone with helmet camera will have some footage.

The ride in rural Canada was more scenic than the past few days in Michigan. Vast farm fields returned to the horizon. The roads had no paved shoulder, which is bad, and traffic signs said “Max 90kmh” in many sections. But traffic was light, and Canadian drivers very considerate in passing. No gunning acceleration, no curses etc. I felt like I was in a different country…

I was struck by the number of signs posted against wind power. In addition to concerns about property values, some people blame noise from the turning blades for a variety of health problems including disrupted sleep, stress, headaches and nausea. On this ride we have passed hundreds of wind turbines, and I have heard nothing, and I don’t consider them a blight on the landscape. But, in any event, we did some some big solar fields out here today…

Lastly, realized that there is a department store with my mother’s maiden name, Bowring. Been in business since 1811. It’s Teddy’s middle name!

Not just another state, another country…

Solar field

Bowring department store

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