Rocket Legs

All you can eat fish and chips sounded like a good idea at the time. But then I guess a lot of things always do.
I like to think that given the 85km day into severe rain and headwinds that we had, my food choices have been totally justified.
Our culinary adventure this morning started after barely a mile, looking for a place to grab some breakfast for the day. Its certainly not economical to eat out often, but when it’s as windy and rainy as this morning, it’s the perfect start to the day.
Mary’s Place initially looked like a nice, decent restaurant. Thankfully we found that it was a good, honest diner. Before long we each had a couple of pancakes, eggs, bacon, potatoes, toast, french toast and fruit salads. And, of course, coffee.

The lady who served us initially seemed lost and uncertain, and she confessed that she was the owner and not used to waitressing. With the restaurant surprisingly busy though, you could see that Mickey, the proper waitress, was a real pro. Racing about seeming to be everywhere at the same time, always with a pot of coffee in hand and a smile on her face. Her apron also seemed to be a Mary Poppins-esque pit infinitely full of creams, jams and syrups.
Not exactly the same as your British greasey spoon cafe operation.

By the time we staggered out bloated with food and coffee, the rain had picked up enough to start the arduous task of putting on all the waterproofs that have sat at the bottom of my bags for so long through the hot sunny month in America. All that time I had secretly prayed for rain and cold, or any sort of respite from the intense and sweltering heat that we had every day and night. Now, crawling slowly along the busy highway into the on coming wind, rain and mud being splattered onto us from nearby cars, I’m dreaming of the days of slathering on suncream, and fighting with mosquitoes. Apparently Canada doesn’t have “in-between” weather.
There have been two things that have kept me going through the day today though – Adam and Joe’s excellent Radio 6 podcasts , and food.
Pulling into Woodstock at lunchtime, we were dreaming of getting out of the wet and cold, and as if in answer to our hopes, we pulled up outside an “English Style Fish and Chips”. With more bottomless coffee, and an all you can eat offer on, we needed little more encouragement.
Unfortunately 4 pieces of fish and several plates of chips later, I started to feel thoroughly…. less good.
It was a slow afternoon’s slog after that, but with the help of a couple more chocolate bars and apples, we finally made it to Brentford, our destination for that evening. Over a delicious dinner and a glass of wine, we had a fantasatic evening just relaxing and chatting. Our exploits left enough of an impression to warrant us being told that we have Rocket Legs. And repeatedly, that we’re crazy. I’m not sure if that’s a complement or not. But I’m going to assume it is.
But after a few cookies, cups of tea, and several late night sandwiches to keep me going til the morning, it’s time for bed. Tomorrow’s our last full day in Canada, and although in many ways it’s not quite what I had expected, staying with people such as those tonight have certainly made me feel happy about passing through.
Brantford is also where the first distant telephone call was placed by Alexander Graham Bell nearly 150 years ago.
With history like that, it’s well worth cycling around the World for.

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  1. Yeah, you’re definately looking less good. Little wonder, after eating all that deep-fried fish! Maybe tomorrow you might be offered all-you-can-eat fresh salad. Good luck!

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