Good morning, afternoon and evening. Left St.Thomas around 10:00. Waited for Paul's Bicycle Repair to open up so I could buy some new bike tubes. These are good guys. Made my way to Cayuga which was about 81 miles. Felt very fortunate as the wind was at my back most of the day, but really felt the humidity, so decided to stop at three family owned bakeries. Those pastries sure tasted good.
Met a couple of guys who were riding the "Lakes Tour" for 10 days or so. Both Ryan and Michael were from Cleveland. They were both in the military. Michael, US Army and Ryan, US Navy. Both were in for 17 years. They were excitable and fun guys. Reminded me of my buddy Mike M. By the way Mike, thanks for forcing me to do the stair climbing at CHC during the winter and spring months. It has helped me immeasurably on this ride. As we left, Ryan said goodbye Skipper since he was a navy man. I said, call me Gilligan I'm more like him. I remember going across Montana and South Dakota thinking if I was a cowboy I might have been known as Skippety do dah. Thanks Trish W., but if you add Kid Skippety do dah day, then that guy stands for something.
Saw lots of farms and small towns. Just like in America, some towns are barely making it. Lots of retail stores and restaurants have closed.
As I rode into Simcoe I noticed a sign that said, Rob Blake Way. That's the same Rob Blake that helped the Colorado Avs win a Stanley Cup championship in the 2000-01 season. That was cool.
Staying in a bed and breakfast tonight. My first one. The family here has remodeled their house to provide about four rooms. The price is very affordable. She took $10 off of my room.
Have a good day tomorrow. Thanks for thinking of me. I'll be making my way to Niagara on the Lake in Ontario Canada tomorrow. So excited to see the Falls. I'm staying with the VanderKaay family. They saw the video on One Billion Stories and decided to contact us to see If I needed a place to stay. Very cool!
"Let the risen Jesus enter your life, welcome Him as a friend, with trust: He is life! If, up till now you have kept Him at a distance, step forward. He will receive you with open arms. If you have been indifferent, take a risk: you won't be disappointed. If following Him seems difficult, don't be afraid, trust Him, be confident that He is close to you, He is with you and He will give you the peace you are looking for and the strength to live as He would have you do." ~ Pope Francis