We made several stops during our 160km route, including a food stop at Hutch’s on the Beach in Hamilton, a couple of wineries and ice cream in Port Dalhousie.
Joe’s route was very scenic and included having us bike over the Burlington Canal lift bridge, along Lake Ontario and through peach groves.
It was during an impromptu stop by a peach grove that we got into some trouble. Most of the peach orchards were clearly harvested because the trees didn’t have any fruit on them, while the ground surrounding the trees were covered in peaches at various stages of ripening. Since the fallen fruit were clearly not going to be sold, we thought we could help ourselves to them and not let the non-mouldy peaches go to waste.
When I was half way through eating a juicy peach that I had scavenged, a farmer slowed down and lectured us from his truck. He told us that taking fruit from a commercial farm was a federal offence that came with a punishment of 6 months in jail. Moreoever, fruit from the ground had more herbicides and pesticides than those picked directly from the trees and could pose a health risk. Wops!!
Needless to say, we didn’t partake in any other illegal activities for the rest of our ride!
And after a full day of biking (plus a very quick sprint to the falls to beat the rain) we took the bike train Go Train home back to Toronto. Look at how civilized this is compared to the version that we were offered last year!
Thank you Joe for organizing this ride for us!! I couldn’t have asked for a better group of people to spend 16 hours on a bike with. The company and the ride was so enjoyable that, it really didn’t feel like we were toiling through 160km. I would love to do it again!