Day 46 – Lake Erie and Niagara River

Last night was another warm night, but with no breeze. We awoke a bit early, packed, and rode our bikes 200 yards for breakfast at a picnic table a few feet from Lake Erie. After eating, we rode 3 miles north to CR 3, then east for 3 miles to Selkirk, with a tail wind. We decided to jettison the convoluted ACA route in favor of a more direct route on CR 3. The tail wind pushed us past farm fields all the way to Dunning, where we ate an excellent breakfast at Fliers.

Well fed, we pumped up our tires at a bike shop across the street and rode east along the coast for 6 miles, past lots of rural residences, to Port Colborne. We ate lunch- fortified by excellent coffee and a small strawberry-rhubarb pie- on a bench, across a canal from a huge freighter (see photo). After crossing the canal on a drawbridge, we rode east on the paved Friendship Trail (a former tail line) for 18 miles, rounding the eastern end of Lake Erie to the Niagara River. Tall buildings in Buffalo loomed across the river. The current in the river ripped along. We arrived in Fort Erie, Ontario where we rode 2 miles to buy groceries. That done, we rode north for 9 miles on Niagara Parkway, mostly forsaking the parallel and bumpy Niagara Recreation Trail. We stopped at the Riverview Park Motel and Campground for a CD$50 tent site. The clouds today kept air temperatures under control and kept us from getting so hot. Tomorrow we see Niagara Falls!

July 11, 2019 - Peacock Point, ON to Fort Erie, ON : 75.9 miles

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