Adventure Bike (Gravel/pavé/rail trail) 7:15:00  88.4 mi (12.2 mph)
First ride to Merlin of the season! The winds were forecasted to be relatively light, for once. And low and behold, they were. Actually, at one crossroad where we stopped to take pictures, there was no wind. Bizarre! There were several sections of fresh gravel.....I was joking that it was a good thing we didn't bring any recent converts to gravel with us, as they would probably be cursing the whole time.
In Merlin, the usual (tiny) grocery store we go to for snacks was open, but only for pre-ordered items. Fortunately, we caught the owner at a slower time and as he was outside giving another customer their (beer) order, he took Paul's order and brought it out. Meanwhile, I was scoping out other options (eg. the ice cream stand :) ) and someone hollered at me from a parked pickup truck....it was a well-liked former co-worker for both Paul and I (it is a small town!). It was good catching up with him and his wife (heck, talking face to face with to a stranger would be exciting right now!)
It certainly wasn't overly sunny on the ride there (essentially no sun), but we could see the fog over Lake Erie. As we were eating our lunch, the wind picked up a bit, blowing the fog in off the lake. Brrrr. Eventually the fog broke up and we were back in the sunshine as we rode south of Wheatley where the lake has been overflowing into the yards of residents (it had receded enough that they could mow their lawns now).
For the first time since the National Parks closed, we rode past the entry to Point Pelee, and it was barricaded off (they are repairing the road in there too now). I had hoped to pop into Wheatley Provincial park on the way by, but could see lots of cars parked on the roadway, so figured it would be crazy busy. The doors on the pit toilets at Two Creeks Conservation Area were bolted shut, but there were some people there enjoying the trails.
A nice day for a ride, but I was glad I had arm covers, especially when riding in the fog.
When we got home, I checked my weather apps.....18C in Kingsville, 30C in Timmins where my son is working for the summer. Gee whiz!