Friday, August 1, 2014

August 1, 2014. Leamington, ON to Sandusky, OH. 25 Miles.

I rode 25 miles today, Dianne rode about 15, not sure what everyone else rode... We started out from the Seacliffe Inn at Leamington, and we all rode the 10 miles to the ferry at Kingsville. Had we been here one day earlier we would have been able to catch the ferry at Leamington.

Robin went into the building to buy our tickets right at 9 AM, so we could board the ferry for the 10:00 run to Pelee Island.  The ferry was there early.

While we were waiting to board, Lorna and Sally modelled the new Woman Tours jerseys. Very nice!

We all lined up and loaded our own bikes on the ferry. Then we walked up the stairs to the upper decks. There was an outdoor space, and a restaurant serving coffee and breakfast

Near the restaurant was an area with open tables for eating, drinking and playing Scrabble!

The ferry ride from Kingsville to Pelee Island was about an hour and a half. When we got there we unloaded our bikes and each went our own way. Dianne, Ellen, Ann and some others went to lunch. Six people opted to stay on the island until the 6 PM ferry so they went for longer rides. Several people went to the nearest winery. I went for a ride, planning to go to the lighthouse, but had to turn around before I got there because I ran out of time. Those of us planning to be on the 1 PM ferry were supposed to line up at 12:30.

I was a little late, at 12:40, but it all worked out. Sarah had collected our passports so she was able to purchase all of our tickets ahead of time. We lined up again and loaded our bikes on the ferry from Pelee Island to Sandusky, Ohio.

When we disembarked at Sandusky we had to go through US Customs. They were in a little booth right on the dock. No one had any difficulty passing through Customs.

We got on our bikes and rode the 2 miles to the hotel. There was some confusion checking in; usually when we arrive the clerk is ready for us, using a list provided by the tour leaders. This time the clerk did not have the list. We called Michelle, she came in with the list and all was well after that.
Dianne and I played Scrabble until dinner. We went out to the parking lot and about a dozen of us were sitting around drinking wine and talking when it started thundering.... the rain arrived just when we were invited to fill our plates! So we filled our plates and carried them into our rooms to eat. Not exactly what we planned, but you do what you have to do.
Tomorrow is the last riding day of this tour around Lake Erie.  

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