Day 126: London to Dundas, Hamilton

After two days in London spent relaxing, eating, visiting, and eating some more we left this morning with full bellies to head towards Toronto. We found a much easier way to get out of the city than the one we rode in on – staying on a pathway for nearly the whole way out of the city, then took highway 2 most of the way until it split from Goveners Rd, where stayed on the quiet Govenors Rd.

We had an extended stop at the Tim Hortons in Woodstock, where we talked with quiet a few people at the other tables about our trip. They were very excited about it and had many questions for us. Pulling away from Tim Hortons we turned back to wave to all our new friends who were watching us leave.

When we made it to Paris, it was still early enough that we could continue on making tomorrow a shorter day, which was an appealing option since we’ll be staying with my brother in Toronto and it would be nice to arrive earlier. So we decided on another 40km today and made it to the down of Dundas. While we were standing at the side of the road calling the motel that was in town, a guy came up to us to chat. He was on his bike taking his dog out for a walk. He asked us if we wanted to camp in his yard, so we said yes. It was perfect timing. The rest of the evening was spent talking with Dave and eating my moms quinoa salad for dinner – a salad which impressed Dave, as it didn’t look like a typical hard-done-by bike tourer’s dinner.

Day 123: Belgrave to London

This morning Ken and Jocelyn let us try their tandem bike before we left for the day. It was certainly a different challenge, and much more difficult for Jesse than for me, since I only had to sit on the back and pedal.

After saying goodbye we made our way to Clinton where we found the bakery they recommended. Walking in and looking at the variety of options we could see it was definitely a good recommendation. For $9 I had fettuccine alfredo with a cesar salad and garlic bread, and Jesse had the $6 waffle and then pie for desert. Definitely good prices.

We stayed on side roads to make our way to London avoiding the larger highway. On one of these roads we met Cameron. He is also an avid tourer so we had a lot to talk about with him. While chatting with him two roadies came up and started talking to us as well – impressed with the trip but having never toured. After parting ways with Cameron and agreeing we should meet up in Montreal later in the year, we kept riding towards London. Our backroad turned into a dirt road, but that was more appealing than a busy road so we kept going. Nearing London we took Hyde Park road to enter the city – not the best choice since it is a very busy and narrow road. Navigating through the north end was also a bit of a challenge since I didn’t know which roads were good for cycling and would also take us where we needed to go. Eventually we got on the bike path and made our way to my parents place – it was great to finally arrive, enjoy a huge meal, visit with my parents and my cat and sleep in a known place for the first time on the trip.