Day 41 – London to Brantford, Ontario, Canada

69 miles, 1230 feet climbed

Agriculture, more of it, more variety. Corn and soybeans, of course. We also saw asparagus, tobacco, tomatoes, ginseng, and potatoes. We rode all the way across southern Idaho and my first sighting of potatoes is in eastern Canada?

The end of the route into Brantford was on the Waterford Heritage Trail. It began as packed gravel and sand but soon became a paved bike path. In the middle there was a diversion off the path in Mt. Pleasant to the Windmill Country Market. Most of us ordered sandwiches–I had pork belly and cheese with some tangy coleslaw.

Downtown Brantford is looking rather decimated, like so many towns, with the retail moved to the fringes. There is a new looking library, though. Our hotel was near a Home Depot, but nothing else. Dinner was catered at the hotel. I was able to skip that for a delightful dinner with my ex-wife Pam’s sister and brother in law, Melanie and Bob, and niece Amanda. They’re all doing well and sold me on taking a trip someday, perhaps on the bike, to Newfoundland.

Our first and only SAG stop near Otterville
This was the first SAG in 2004. It appears to be the same place. Why is my mustache so dark? That’s Bob on the left and Pam on the right.
Mill Pond in Otterville
Potato harvester
Potato field with a swath just harvested
Waterford Heritage Trail before the paved northern portion
Paved portion of the trail
There are numerous educational signs along the trail. This one explains how Ginseng is only grown once on a plot of land because it leaves a substance in the soil that, in higher concentrations, is toxic to other plants, including itself. You have to wonder how it would survive in the wild. I neglected to photograph some. It is grown under netting to reduce the amount of sun it receives. North American ginseng is said to have more of the ingredient that enhances memory than the asian variety.
Tobacco off to the west of the trail