Aug. 23, 2008
We only have about 45 miles today and no less than 6 stops at local churches and one bakery. I nickname the day Tour de Food, as all the stops have lots of food. It seems kind of wrong to be eating so much on a tour for poverty awareness, but the churches here have lots of family and friends on the tour and are major sponsors of the tour. Many of the people here immigrated to Canada themselves or only a generation back. Most came over with almost nothing and now are doing well because they were willing to work hard and they had people to help them get started. The ride took us along the escarpment that overlooks Hamilton and through several vineyards. We are staying tonight at St Catharines, ON. The camp for the weekend is located at the Beacon Christian School.
I am ready for a rest weekend as I seem to be wearing down as are several of the other riders that have gone the full distance. The last week has been quite different from the previous weeks somehow. There are a lot more riders, both the riders that are doing the last leg and lots of 1 or 2 day riders from the local area. A lot of these riders are not as disciplined as we’ve become -- not bad riders, just not as seasoned on the road. Many like to ride and talk and end up concentrating more on talk than ride, which makes for few scary moments. I think next week will be a little more back to normal as we move away from so many supporters.
Speaking of next week, it will be our last week of the tour. Sometimes it seems we’ve been riding forever and sometimes it seems that we started only yesterday. I think I am ready to be done, but I’m not sure how returning to normal life will go either.
Trip total 3737 today 49