I awakened to another beautiful morning. The mist drifting over the lake as the sun came up was stunning. As we were eating breakfast those that had gone home for the rest day started to arrive back in camp. First was Adam accompanied by his parents. Then Elaine arrived with her husband and daughter. A little while later Dan, Joyce and Mike arrived.
By 7:15 we were making our way out of the campground and through Tottenham. A little over 20 km into the ride we saw an SUV parked at the side of the road with the back open. Two little kids were holding up signs saying “Way 2 Go TdC” and “You Are Almost There”. We slowed to a stop just as the fellow shouted that they had Timbits. The fellow, Ryan, rode the TdC in 1993 when he was 17 years old. We chatted with him for a bit before moving on.
Our next stop was at the Sharon Temple. It was an amazing piece of architecture that would look incredible at night when illuminated from within. Construction of the temple began in the 1820’s by a group of former Quakers known as the Children of Peace.
In the town of Uxbridge we stopped at a coffee shop where I had a hot chocolate and a muffin. Uxbridge was quite a nice looking town with a cool looking old music hall.
The ride today was once again a very scenic one through farmland and rolling hills. For the most part it was a fairly easy ride. As we neared the 100 km mark we passed the camel sculpture by the gate to Bill Lishman’s home. An inventor and sculptor, Lishman was the inspiration for the Movie Fly Away Home about a girl who flies an ultralight to teach orphaned Canada Geese goslings to migrate south.
Towards the end of our ride we stopped at a little store in the pretty village of Blackstock. Obviously it was a warm holiday Monday as there was a steady stream of customers going in to buy beer.
We arrived at our campground near Nestleton around 2:30 pm. The ride had been a fairly easy one of 118 km. I am happy to report that the first day of breaking in my new Brooks saddle went very well. My butt felt the least sore since we left Vancouver.
In camp we learned that Megan had a record-breaking 5 flats today!
Our crew was made dinner tonight. On the menu was a lamb stew, rice and salad. Elaine had picked up some pies as well as bringing some cookies, made by a friend, for dessert. The stew was very good and Elaine’s pies and cookies just topped off the meal perfectly.