Day 98 Adolphustown to Ivy Lea, Ontario: St. Lawrence River! - Grampies on the Go - CycleBlaze

August 6, 2011

Day 98 Adolphustown to Ivy Lea, Ontario: St. Lawrence River!

Art (free range retiree) often drops in photos of historic site plaques, so here is a copycat effort from us:

A random history lesson for today
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We had reserved a quickbread loaf bought at a farm market for breakfast, but it turned out to be yucchy, so we cycled off hungry. Our first likely spot to find breakfast was in Bath, but some passing local cyclists told us we would find nothing there. At first it seemed they were right.

We were starving as we entered Bath. This was our "first chance" for breakfast.
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But then we found the only open place and all was well with the world.

This was the only other place open - our "last chance" - it did have breakfast for us.
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The town of Bath
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Reading this one, I was sure the lady would take the land grant, open a camp site and go into business ripping off travelers from BC.
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It seemed that we reached Kingston quite quickly. I guess the towns here are fairly close together, but it's gratifying to go from one to the other. On the other hand Kingston greeted us with Don Cherry - yecch.

This random mural was in Kingston
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Here is a close up of a dumb part of it. (We are not Don Cherry fans!)
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Say what?
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The Church of the Good Thief in Kingston
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Kingston Pen - presumably to contain any residual "bad thieves"
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How about this house in Kingston!
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Kingston downtown has lots of historic stone or brick buildings
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We are always glad to find a celebration in town!

We ran into a street festival
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We spotted Piper and Cassie and their owners could see we wanted to say hello
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Owners Brian and Lisa McDonald went on to discuss our trip with us. Brian is a proud BoB owner!
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This vendor at the farmers' market was from Quebec City and gave us some tips. For example, he recommended we cycle around Ile d'Orleans while giving Levis a miss.
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We tried a "Taste of Russia"
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...and generally had a blast at the farmers' market
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Peaches!
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Fresh fruits and veggies!!
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...and flowers
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The plaque behind this piper said "Bank of Montreal - 1817"!
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American readers may not know Sir John A MacDonald, Canada's first prime minister. Sir John A is a big deal here- even has hios name on this pub:

Sir John A is a big deal here (still) since he lived in Kingston
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A Kingston hotel
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This was a super bakery
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Real bread!
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Lots of cycling fuel here!
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Sir John A.
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Outside of Kingston is a small museum of woodworking. We checked it out for a short time, and here is a bit of what we saw:

A Quebec style bread oven at the woodworking museum outside of Kingston
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A building at the woodworking museum
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Woodworking museum display
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Woodworking museum display
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A cute motel, but we are movin' on!
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We arrive at Gananoque
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We could stay here - it would be really interesting - but we're movin' on!
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Gerard Porcheret is a phenomenon. Check out his web site: monde-a-velo.fr You will see that he has travelled all over the world - like almost everywhere! How bizarre for the path of the rambling Grampies to intersect with his in (wait for it) Gananoque, Ontario!

As we puzzled over a Waterfront Trail sign in downtown Gananoque, Gerard pulled up behind us!
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Gananoque
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Dodie loads a Subway sandwich onto the BoB, to keep us alive tonight. Thanks, Arthur!
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We cooked up with Gerard to go together to the next camp site, and so cut the exhorbitant fee in half. This we did, ending at Ivy Lea, at the Misty Isles Lodge. Here we have a large spot for our two tents, plus shower and wifi! Of course we also have the chance to yak with Gerard. Yak is a good term, for example he showed us a photo of his bike in Ladakh at 5700 metres with 5 metres of snow on either side of the "road". Hey, we are the guys that fled to Oregon because there might be a dusting of snow at Snoqualmie Pass!

It's now a parade, and Gerard also has a BoB.
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Forty two years ago two almost newly weds were on a (wait for it) cross Canada trip, this time in a VW Bug. It was Steve and Dodie, the Grampies to be. In Gananoque, Ontario they had a tire problem and went to the local Canadian Tire for help. The owner sold them a SuprLastic 99 Nylon Bias Belted for $15. He said it was a good tire and he would not hesitate to install it for his own kids. He was right, and it took us almost to the Yukon and then to Vancouver Island, and back. Today we passed that same Canadian Tire. We are older, and now with even lamer transport. Not making much progress, are we?

The Canadian Tire
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Lake Ontario is definitely history!
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The parade proceeds down the Parkway
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Our tent with Gerard's barely visible, and the River in the background.
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Dodie and Gerard study the way ahead.
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Today's ride: 90 km (56 miles)
Total: 6,014 km (3,735 miles)

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