Relaxed, refreshed and recharged after yesterdays half day, we were ready to go today. Far enough down the road for a break, we found a rest area. Ontario does do these very well – another picnic area with washrooms on the lake, and each picnic table has its own little tucked away space, plus a central covered picnic table area. Here we talked to another tourer named Ron who was on his own cross-country trip. After chatting with Ron both Jesse and I went for a swim in the lake to cool off.
We spent quite a while at this rest stop, eventually getting going again and riding with the strong winds. The wind was picking up and becoming very strong. Looking behind me I could see very dark skies. A storm was coming. The wind was pushing us very quickly down the road, fast enough that I had to break at times to keep from going too quickly on a flat road. It was a bit stressful and concerning here as we could hear the trees cracking the in forest from the force of the wind. Riding as fast as we could we pushed on until a roadside truckstop with bathrooms. At least here if it got too bad we could hide out in the less-than-fresh smelling washroom.
Letting the dark clouds pass, we managed to miss the rain but we were still able to see where it hit up ahead and see the lightening. It was good we weren’t any further ahead.
We arrived late in town so we got another motel, and heard from the hotel owner that the storm hit hard there. It was strong enough there to send his large flower pot flying, and knock out power in part of the town.