7:00 am and Elaine is patiently waiting for me … as usual. We want to get an early start on a little longer ride. Shortly after 7 we are on our way. Louise and Myra have already left for a couple of reasons. They are on galley duty tonight. As well Myra’s family will be visiting. She is just a little excited about that!
Again we are riding through farm country, along tree lined lanes and through picturesque villages with beautiful old houses. For most of the morning we were riding through Prince Edward County, one of Ontario’s wine regions. We see a number of signs pointing to vineyards but only pass one or two along the highway.
In Picton we made a stop at The Pastry House where I enjoyed a great cup of coffee and an apple strudel. About 10 km further along we took the Glenora Ferry across an inlet of Lake Ontario.
For most of the afternoon we were riding alongside Lake Ontario. In many areas we were close enough that you could feel the spray off the waves crashing on the shore. Just outside Bath we stopped at a park that had a chip truck parked in it. I bought a small bag of fresh cut fries (I saw her cut the potatoes) to go with my PBJ sandwich. Definitely gourmet fare!
Soon we were cruising into Kingston past the penitentiary (absolutely huge) and on to White Mountain Homemade Ice Cream shop, one of Myra’s recommendations. Louise and Myra were already there as was Danny, Alain, Eric and Rob. I had a double scoop of Monkey’s Lunch in a waffle cone. Believe it or not this was the first ice cream I had consumed in several days. It was delicious. My yang has been Yinged. My zin has been zenned. I am at one with my bike and the road. I am a happy man. I have had ice cream!
Past Kingston we entered the Thousand Islands region. Our campground is near Ivy Lea, 158 km after we started we reached our destination.
Shortly after we arrived Myra’s parents, Frits and Jose, along with her twin brother Kevin, arrived. They visited with the group and helped prepare supper. Her aunt and her partner along with Myra’s cousin also arrived.
Just as we were about to eat dinner Myra’s parents left to go home only to return a short time later with enough deserts to feed an army. They had quite a variety from ice cream cake to muffins and everything (yes I sampled pretty much everything) was incredible! We have had many desserts very generously brought for us over the past 7 weeks by visiting family and friends but I would have to say the bar has been raised pretty high now!
Today was also Rob’s birthday. We had so much dessert that we are saving his birthday cake for tomorrow night.
I was so stuffed after dinner that I think I will have to go for a bike ride tomorrow. Maybe even all the way to Ottawa!
Neil, I love following your amazing adventure, and I look forward to your blog each day.
The pics are fantastic. Stay safe, stay strong and enjoy the ice cream !
Thanks Betty. I’m looking forward to seeing you at coffee after this amazing trip is over.