Hello. Day 42. Brantford, Ont. to Niagara Falls, NY. 74.5 miles. 1,312 feet of climbing. Temp on arrival: 84.
Started the day with more Canadian jerseys on display.
Left to right: Knoxville Bev and Greg; Sudbury (MA) Judy (Tour leader); Edinburgh James.
It was a fine Sunday morning ride. The first 35 miles to the (only) rest stop felt like an active recovery ride.
Insignificant wind, smooth roads, quite flat, ideal temperature.
We cruised past prosperous looking farms, spacious, manicured front lawns, more corn and soybean fields, wind turbines and lots of hydroelectric power lines coming from Niagara.
New crop: turf (sod).
The flatness gave way to short, steep rollers for a few miles. One had an 11-12% grade.
Then it flattened out again, and as we sped along towards the falls, the traffic picked up, thickened, then clotted up as we eased our way down to a park and the outlook.
Here’s another shot of the Canadian Falls.
And the American Falls, with the Maid of the Mist boat.
This is the Rainbow Bridge that we crossed over.
The falls are, of course, quite spectacular. We will do more sightseeing tomorrow, and perhaps after dinner.
On the Canadian side (haven’t yet seen much of the American side) there are mega-size hotels and tourist traps of all kinds.
No wait at customs! There were six of us, and the agent in the booth asked us to all come up to the booth. A quick scan of our passports and we were on our way.
Tomorrow’s agenda: laundry and sightseeing.