Thursday, July 20, 2023

The biking gods have been very good to us

 I may be risking the wrath of the biking gods, but so far on this trip we have been blessed with wonderful sights, sounds, mostly good roads, air quality, winds and weather.

Today was another example. Last week when we were heading west to east, we had great conditions including some favorable tailwinds. This portion of the ride we're heading back to the start in Toronto traveling east to west. Logic would dictate that we should be encountering head winds, but today and parts of yesterday, we have been surprised to enjoy tailwinds pushing us along at 17, 18, 19 and sometimes even 20 mph in the latter part of the afternoon.

This morning we had what would only be described as a typical canadian encounter. At the 16 mile mark, we were looking for coffee (what a surprise?) and we came across Hoss's Diner. The  diner was closed, but there was a guy nearby and we explained that we were looking for coffee and he said to sit down, though he wasn't yet open, he would bring out coffee for the group. Couple of minutes later he appeared with fresh coffee for everyone. He refused money for the coffee and wished us a safe trip. We thanked him and left money on the table and proceeded down the road.

Heading west we were expecting headwinds, maybe both headwinds and crosswinds, but we were pleasantly surprised to find that we often had tailwinds often pushing us sometimes up to 20 mph.

About 10 miles from the end of the ride in the town of Cobourg, a town larger that I was expecting given the size of the towns that we rode through today. It goes without saying, ice cream was on the agena. Asking for directions, we were told to turn left and go down to the beach.

The ride from Cobourg to Port Hope was fairly quick where we found many of the other riders having a couple of cool ones in the shade outside the Comfort Inn and we were invited to join them. 

All in all, the biking gods have been very good to us.

See all of today's photos (link)

Keep the rubber side down,

Brian Cox

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