Lake Ontario Tour – Day Four Recap

Storms, what storms?

After hearing last night that the rain was due to start at 7am, I set my alarm for 6am today in the hope of being able to pack up before it kicked in and thus keep my gear dry. I woke up as planned and started to pack my things up.

A few minutes later, I heard Father stir in the other tent and let him know that I was mostly done packing. “Too late,” came the reply, and moments later I heard the sound of rain on my tent.

Happily, a few drops was all that ever really manifested. While we faced some unpleasant headwinds and colder temperatures in the second half of our ride, the looming clouds never dumped their rain onus and the weather was otherwise pleasant. I’m now sitting in the sun at our campsite and you’d never know we were forecasted storms today. Lucky…

Today’s ride was a 105km stretch from Fair Haven Beach to Bedford Creek Campground. Given our early rise, we were on the road by about 7am. The terrain started started our similarly to yesterday’s, with hills that Father described as a “sinusoidal wave of tarmac” (i.e. as soon as one uphill ended, the next downhill began, and vice versa). The humidity was higher than yesterday, and before long I had sweat continuously dripping from my helmet. Still, as long as we didn’t encounter thunderstorms, I was happy!

Before we exited the campground, we saw both an osprey flying overhead and a family of deer on the road in front of us.a nice way to start the day!

We grabbed breakfast in a town called Oswego, about 25km from the start of the ride. Not a particularly picturesque place from what we saw; lots of run-down houses, and closed-up businesses. The lady behind the counter at McDonald’s managed to awake Father’s inner grinch by asking him how much milk he wanted in his coffee; I guess he’s not used to anything beyond, “you’ll take it how I bloody well want to serve it.”

Once out of Oswego, we resumed our hilly extravaganza. Today’s route included a number of small townships, with less open farmland than we saw on previous days. Despite being close to the lake for most of the day, we rarely saw it – instead we rode through pretty wooded areas and rural houses.

Braving the headwind along today’s ride. #cyclinglife #cyclingphotos #cycling #lakeontariotour

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With the route being reasonably short, it wasn’t long before we were close to our destination. We stopped around the 90km mark for lunch at a place called the Cherry Tree Inn – a cute place with friendly staff and delicious sandwiches.

The last 15km or so went by reasonably quickly, especially because the never-ending hills finally ended and we were able to maintain a decent pace with minimal effort.

We pulled into the Bedford Creek Campground at around 2:30pm. Unlike the other places we’ve stayed so far, this is more of an all-year trailer park than a campsite, and the people we’ve seen so far certainly fit the stereotype – I keep waiting for Bubbles & Co to appear. We took a look at the nearby Westcott Beach State Park but they closed for the season on Labour Day. With that said, the staff here have been very friendly and helpful, as have the other people staying here.

One guy did inform us that we are going to freeze tonight as it’s apparently going to drop to 45 degrees. He seemed a little non-plussed when we just said, “ok,” (what else do you say to that?); I didn’t think until later that I could have reassured him that we’ve camped in way colder temperatures in the past.

Unfortunately it turned out that just last night the campsite owners decided to close the on-site restaurant except on Thursdays and Saturdays. That meant a ride into the lovely nearby town of Sackets Harbor for dinner. After a little exploring, we stumbled upon a local brewing company and enjoyed an equally lovely dinner looking out across the harbor. At one point we spotted a large number of large birds or prey circling overhead on the lake shore air currents. We counted 27 of them at one point; sadly we haven’t been able to identify them, yet.

1812 Amber Ale. Couldn’t resist 😉

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So, that does it for our last full day in the U.S.. Tomorrow we head over to Cape Vincent and from there take one ferry across the border to Wolf Island and another to Kingston, Ontario. My bike is showing some signs of disrepair – the right pedal is grinding ominously and the gears are a little out of whack. May need to get a new pedal in Kingston tomorrow if we have time. It’s a short day so hopefully should be doable.


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