DAY 11 JUNE 7 65 MILES
You have to be careful if you don't know where you are going, because you might not get there. Yogi Berra
Yesterday evening, we camped on the heavily wooded, eastern shore of Lake Ontario. Although the beach was littered with trash, the sunset reflected a brilliant red across the water! When viewed from any distance, the trees seemed to be on fire.
Today was a beautiful, sunny day. Perfect for cycling. The route was somewhat shorter than yesterday's and that may also have contributed to a happy crew. A wedding was taking place at tonight's camping location, an open, grassy field directly on Lake Ontario, so we could not access it until after four o'clock. Most of us enjoyed a leisurely ride throughout the day but a few of our team rushed ahead, hoping to partake of free food, drink and wedding cake. Fat chance of that occurring in cycling shorts and bright colored jerseys.
Bicycle tires are amazing! Inflated with 100 psi of air, they carry 200 pounds of bicycle and rider. They withstand bumps, ruts, potholes, patches of gravel and many additional hazards whose sole mission is to penetrate their Kevlar belts and embarrass them. They translate the forces of acceleration, braking and cornering without complaining and they simply continue to turn around and around, usually for more than 1,000 miles.
After such faithful service, one would think that they deserve to be placed on a pedestal. But that is not to be. They are simply and ignominiously thrown into the trash. I would not wish to be a bicycle tire.
Tip: If a road has no shoulder or bike lane, ride in the vehicles' right wheel track so you do not blend into the scenery along the edge of the road.