Lake Ontario Tour – Day Two Recap

Day two of our tour turned out to be a little less eventful than the first – no crazy drivers and no moments of madness. A little bit of drama near the end, though…

We started out from Four Mile Creek a little later than yesterday, after sleeping in until the positively balmy hour of 6:30. By 8am we were on the road, and the first 15km or so were lovely – cycling through farmland as farmers allaround hauled in their harvests – primarily corn, apples and pears from what I could see. My legs felt great after the last couple of big days – weak, but not hurting, and most of the aches and pains that I had yesterday evening (shoulders, knee, back… Essentially I was an old man) had faded. The one exception – and sorry for the over-sharing – was my rear. Nine hours on the bike will do that to you, I guess.

We grabbed breakfast in a nice little village called Wilson, before hitting the road again around 9:30. After a short segment along the lakeshore, we turned inland… and didn’t see it again for well over 100km. Instead, we did an east/south stair step that avoided the major highway running nearby, but also avoided the lake.

Sadly, this meant that the scenery was pretty monotonous. It began nicely, with farmland similar to that when we began the day, but before long became repetitive. We spent most of the day on one road – Roosevelt Highway – even our GPS computers gave up and started conjuring non-existent turns to kill the monotony. It wasn’t uncommon to see that the next intersection was 15, 20 or 30km away, only for us to finally arrive and discover that it was actually a slight bend to the left.

We did again manage to take advantage of the local agriculture, though – stopping at a roadside produce store to grab a basket of peaches which we promptly devoured in one sitting. As it turned out, that was our lunch. Oh, and Father had some cookies. That’s good nutrition for a 160km ride, right?

Break time. #lakeontariotour #cycling #cyclingphotos

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Freshly picked peaches. Chomp. #lakeontariotour #cycling #cyclingphotos

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Eventually we turned north and were reunited with the lake. Before long, we found ourselves in Rochester and close to our campsite – close enough that, with the belief that we would be at our destination by 4:30, we began making plans for dinner.

Hey there, Rochester. #lakeontariotour #cycling #cyclingphotos

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Of course, that was before we descended a hill to Irondequoit Bay and realized that the bridge to the otherwise offbeat was closed to traffic until November. Buggar.

Well, shit. Cue a 17km detour… #lakeontariotour #cycling #cyclingphotos

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As we debated how to re-route, we realized it was not an inconsiderable detour – while we were only about 6km from the campsite, the change meant we needed to add another 17km to the ride. As it turned out – and just as unfortunately – that 17km also included the biggest hill of the day. Grumble. I should have gone with my initial instinct, which was to bribe a local boat owner to ferry us across.

Eventually we arrived at the campsite (via another bunch of hills) – Webster Park Campgrounds is a lovely little spot with nicely kept, private sites and friendly staff.

We threw up our tents as quickly as we could, and after a change of clothes (nobody needs to smell that) headed out for dinner. We headed to a nearby place named the Bayside Pub; ironically it was only a few hundred metres from the bridge we couldn’t cross. Local clams, marinated chicken and a couple of beers. Delicious.

And with that, day two is over. All told we did nearly as much riding as yesterday – 176km – but my body in general feels good and I have none of the aches from yesterday. Tomorrow is a shorter day – only 80km or so – which is essentially a day off at this point. I’m looking forward to relaxing once we arrive instead of rushing around as we have been. I hear the campground is nice, too. Should be fun.


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