6/6/2011 – Day 61 – Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada to Port Huron, MI – 348.4 Kilometers

Today we headed further west before pushing north once again.  We reluctantly bid adieu to the Niagara Falls Quality Hotel (ask for room 602 if you’re ever here) but before we could leave we had to show the teardrop to several people including a gentleman from Surrey, England, on holiday with his granddaughter.  You meet the nicest people with a teardrop!

We decided to drive a few kilometers up the river from here to Niagara-On-The-Lake.  To reach the lovely town we drove by the river.  There was a bike trail all the way there with stops for beautiful views.  Tourists visiting Niagara Falls should definitely plan a quieter visit.  On the outskirts of Niagara Falls the beautiful houses and B & B’s begin and get more regal as you go on.  Niagara-on-the-Lake was described to us as a kind of Carmel.  Actually it is far more wealthy Britain with huge lots interspersed  with vineyards. The quaint town is filled with beautifully manicured gardens, Regency and Classical Revival buildings, and a plethora of historical plaques.  It was settled at the close of the American Revolution by Loyalists.  The town was almost totally destroyed by occupying American forces during the War of 1812 but was rebuilt after the war and thrived as an active commercial center with a busy shipping and ship-building industry.  Tourists appear to have successfully occupied it currently.

We enjoyed a stroll along the main street had a great lunch followed by scoops of “The World’s Best Ice Cream” according to carefully quoted reviewers.  It was pretty tasty, though not necessarily the best ever.  The shopping is pleasant.  There was even a small pharmacy museum.

We also lingered at the edge of Lake Ontario and were impressed by its size.  This is the first of the great lakes either of us has seen firsthand.  It is, as described, really huge.  Except for the size of the waves, and the freshwater, it looks pretty much like an ocean.

We left NOTL and headed west through rich farmland, rolling hills and occasional thick forest.  The divided highway was among the smoothest we have been on in over 6,700 miles of driving on this trip.

We crossed back over into the USA at Port Huron, easily clearing customs, and found a place to stay for the night.  Tomorrow we’ll be heading toward the northernmost point of this trip.  Stick around and see what develops.

Note:  Today marks the two-month point of our Lap Around America.  According to our GPS, we have logged 6,705.4 miles so far and we still have a ways to go before returning to Citrus Heights.  Thanks for staying with us!

Just one example of floral excess in Niagara-On-The-Lake.

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