Today was a shining example of the wonderful experiences that happen during the Cycle of Hope, that remind us of the goodness and the generosity of people.
We said goodbye to Lake Erie yesterday and today, we cycled inland across southern Ontario to Sarnia, located on the southernmost tip of Lake Huron and right on the Canada-USA border.
The morning started out with a visit from a former Winnipegger who now works in the Canadian head office of Habitat for Humanity in Kitchener, Ontario. Terry Petkau is the National Director of Safety & Building Programs. An avid cyclist, he joined our group and cycled the day with us. A broken spoke and damaged tire wasn’t enough to deter him from completing the ride.
The Sarnia / Lambton chapter of Habitat for Humanity was our host for the evening. They enthusiastically made certain that we were cared for during our stay. They chartered a bus and took us to the Canatara Park on Lake Huron for a barbeque dinner. Feeding a family of 60 isn’t easy but Executive Director of Habitat Sarnia / Lambton Sarah Reaume and her colleagues did it with aplomb. (They even offered to make our breakfast at 5:30 a.m. tomorrow.)
After dinner our group wandered to the shore of Lake Huron, skimming rocks, dipping our toes in the cold waters and relaxing after a 140 kilometer day.
A little tidbit – Sarnia is the home of Mike Weir, the first Canadian to win the Masters, in 2003. We happened to pass Mike Weir Park on our route into town.
Another great day, courtesy of my bike.
Details for Today
Distance: 138 km. / 410 km. total
Route Map: St. Thomas to Sarnia, Ontario