Tuesday, 3 August 2010

SE to Hanover, dreaming about a day off

2nd August: Wiarton to Hanover

Odometer: 78 km, Start: 9.15am, Finish: 2.30pm, Avg: 19.9 km/h,
Weather: Cloudy, Temp: 16-22°C
Mosquito Bites: 80, Hills walked: 0
Road Conditions: #10, 0.5m shoulder, good surface. Traffic light-ish. Ascent: 225m/225m.

I decided last night that I needed a day off, so I set Hanover as today’s easily reachable destination. A comfortable distance away and the only town within range likely to have a motel. I did get my free camp last night, by the way!

A touch of Prairie déjà vu summarised the ride southeast. I was back in flat farmland, on dead straight roads with very little to see or keep my mind occupied. Even though I was only doing 80km it was a hard ride, travelling in one direction through “nothing” all day into a slight southerly headwind. I definitely needed that day off now and that was about all I thought of as I rode along.

Flower of the day

I saw a lot of smaller sized farms along the way growing a variety of crops including soya, corn, wheat and some others I can’t name. It was already harvest time for the wheat crops. Combine-harvesters were working the fields at several locations.

Mowing the wheat fields

The little towns I passed through were pretty dead with most shops closed for the holiday (Civic Holiday or Simcoe Day in Ontario. I looked it up on Wikipedia). In Chesley, the biggest, where I was hoping to get lunch, everything seemed closed except a fast-food pizza bar. So I had pizza for lunch.

A foraging bee

I made it to Hanover by mid-afternoon and found a comfortable resting place, unfortunately just out of town. I don’t think I’ll be doing my rest day wander, 1km each way is just too far to walk! It’s also going to be hot over the next few days, so tomorrow will just be a day to laze around and catch up on some sleep instead, I think…

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Martina said...