Into Canada….Eh!

So all the worrying that the staff did about crossing into the border turned out to be for nothing. We had a very early start, load at 6:15 so that by 6:45 we would all be queued up and ready to roll. We crossed over the the Blue Water Bridge, which crosses the St. Clair River into Ontario. The bridge is VERY busy with trucks, and they STOP TRAFFIC for us while we cross. That all went very smoothly. At the foot of the bridge is Canadian Customs, as we are now in Canada. It is sort of like coming home after a vacation overseas,, sometimes you get an agent who is a  stickler for details, and other times you get a “Jamaican Style” agent, who exudes “no problem, just go through”. In the past apparently, there have been “stickler types” who looked at EVERY Passport-all 45 of them. There is one guy on the trip, Phil, who is from New Zealand, who is ALWAYS making a joke. He was SWORN to silence until we got through customs, so as not to antagonize the Customs Agents. But, today it was simple. The agent asked us “Where are you going tonight?”, we all answered “London”, “And tomorrow night?”, we all answered “Brantford”, “And then?”, “Niagara Falls”, to which came the response, “Safe travels”. That was it, and we all pedaled out of there as quickly as possible, with Phil make comments as loudly as he could. After that we had a very lovely day, nice flat country, cool temperatures, nice farms, cute small towns, winds out of the SW, and since we were primarily headed East, it all worked out well. To understand the topography, if you have ever driven to Chicago, and noticed that Indiana and Ohio have NO hills, well we are on that same plain just further north. We did add another new crop to our repertoire,Tobacco, didn’t know it could grow this far north, and don’t know why they grow it, but there are huge fields of it.  Tomorrow we stay in Ontario, before heading into Niagara Falls on Sunday, with a day off on Monday, our LAST ONE. I am particularly excited as our daughter Emma is flying up to spend Sunday evening and Monday with me, doing the touristy stuff at the falls

alan

Queuing up to go into Canada

Queuing up to go into Canada

Canada

Canada

Farm in the early morning sun

Farm in the early morning sun

Friendly guys

Friendly guys

Tobacco growing in Canada

Tobacco growing in Canada

Small church outside Delaware, Ontario

Small church outside Mt. Brydges, Ontario

Beautiful flag and flower display,we saw them in almost every small town

Beautiful flag and flower display,we saw them in almost every small town

Ice Cream stop

Ice Cream stop

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