Fresh riders join us for today's 145km cycle from Lions Head west to Lake Huron where Scott and Dawn have their beautiful lakeside retreat. Also joining us is Rob from Hamilton and neighbours from Whistler, Deb and Barrie. All are experienced riders and have rode in our BC Gran Fondo. The 5 of us peel away, whereas Barrie who kind of beats to a different drum decides to take his our route. The country is scenic and interesting. We roll through pastures, wind farms, mixed crops, corn tomatoes, vegetables, berry fields and seas of wheat, just turning golden. This is Scott's home turf and he knows the best back roads. Sometimes we follow the lakeshore whizzing past everything ranging from three room cottages to lakefront mansions. Small resort towns hawk fish 'n’ chips, ice cream, and beach toys galore. Rent a fishing boat, or a canoe. Ever tried a kayak or a paddleboard? Quinn puts away a deep fried cinnamon sprinkled beaver tail and I have a tough time getting a bite.
After a long but satisfying ride we pull into Scott and Dawns cottage. Priorities, a cold beer and a dip in Huron are taken care of, while the boys are wild eyed when Scott offers them the keys to his two jet skis. Deborah has made a stack of appies and Barrie has to be picked up and driven back. Once again the good laughs and the warmth and generosity of our hosts makes our day. Rob has asked us to stay at his home in Hamilton next week so we cancel our reservation at a local inn. He and Scott will also rejoin us for a ride in the Hamilton area. The sun sets and we enjoy shish kabobs and ice cold drinks on the deck. Thunk...into the kip...no tossing and turning tonight. None.