Our Night In Stratford

Each day of this tour presents its own obstacles and objectives, the most pressing usually being the giant question mark that is our accommodations for the night. In Canada, this has proved especially true, as our list of contacts in minimal. We are finding, however, that these “open-ended” days, where we guesstimate potential mileage and hope to find safe camping in a nearby town, usually result in the most jaw-droppingly amazing arrangements. Such was the case when we arrived in Stratford, Ontario. The town is absolutely delightful, but after see the Fairgrounds (the only place to set up camp) we understood why people had somewhat hesitantly directed us there. The Fairgrounds were empty, overgrown, and had a general feeling of neglect. It was to be, we thought, a night where we would really “rough it”. Starving from a day of riding, we were eager to walk the ½ mile to town to grab dinner but did not feel comfortable leaving our bikes or gear unattended. In a moment of rare boldness (ha!) I spotted someone out in their yard about 100 yards away and approached them to ask if it would be possible to leave the bikes in their driveway while we went to get dinner. We were given the ok, and after changing out of our spandex, we wheeled ourselves over. That was when we met Bernice, the owner of home. She offered to let us not only store the bikes, but to camp in her beautiful, safe, cushy-grassed yard!! Later that night, the girls stayed up talking to Bernice and her fantastic daughter, Jodie. It was a wonderful visit and a true testament to the fact that people walk (or bike) into each other’s lives for a reason. Bernice and Jodi provided a haven for us that night for which we are so thankful. They also provided friendship and great company, and I think there was true significance to our lives colliding that day. Whether it be for a moment, a year, or a lifetime, some people are destined to leave a lasting impression on our lives. Their family has been in our thoughts and prayers. Thank you both so much!

To top off a wonderful evening, Jodi woke up early with us, pumped up the tires to her own bike, and rode with us to the best breakfast spot in Stratford…Features diner. It was a GREAT meal, and Tracy impressed us all, along with the waitress, by order and consuming the Paul Bunyan, Features colossal breakfast platter. AMAZING. We parted ways with Jodi to get out on the road, but we promise to be back to Stratford. (And Jodi, when you organize that charity ride, know that we will be there in a heartbeat!)

Click here to see more photos from Toronto to Stratford

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The Paul Bunyan - before

The Paul Bunyan - before

Paul Bunyan - after

Paul Bunyan - after


 
 
 

One Response to “Our Night In Stratford”

  1. lauren
    26. September 2009 at 01:08

    reminds me of a book i read maiden voyage where a girl attempted to sail solo around the world and her father agreed to buy her the boat but she had to do it all with celestial navigation no gps..she forgot to take the class…her first day and night were wicked f(*&&ed i love you guys and all you stories

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