The first picture is loading the van, the second going through customs and the last, the sign for Ontario, Canada.
The stormy weather produced a nice wind from the west so we made very good time. Was cloudy and very humid, but no rain. We were on local roads with not a lot of traffic and farmsteads every few miles. After 40+ miles a guy in a car slowed down as I approached and yelled at me there was “a big Rottweiler about 5 clicks ahead.” Terrific. With the wind I was in high teens for average mph but with inspiration I kicked it up. Taking no chances on how far 5 clicks really is, for the next 5 miles I was in the 26-28 mph range. Adrenalin is an amazing thing. After four miles a big dog came charging out of a farmstead, but I was by in a blur (for someone with poor vision). Other riders were chased by the dog. Dogs can be very dangerous for cyclists and there have been a couple of encounters. The main risk is not getting bit by the dog, as that is very rare, but the dog getting in front of the bike and running over the dog which can be serious for the both the dog and cyclist. I don’t blame the dog, but the owners. Owners who let their dogs run free should be required to pick up dog poo for one year in a major city.
We road by a lot of farmsteads, almost all well kept. I am far from an expert, but the corn here and in Michigan did not look to be anywhere near the quality as what we saw in Minnesota and Western Wisconsin. I cannot describe how, but the terrain was different.
It looks like the weather will move out for awhile. Hopefully so.