July 29, 2018
I left the motel at 7:45 am and by 8:45 I arrived in Clinton, where I had a quick breakfast before continuing my ride.
Highway 8 would take me directly to Stratford but Google Maps suggested that I take a parallel road called Front Street. I was a bit hesitant to ride the extra distance, but I took the suggested route and I soon found that this was the best option. The road was less travelled, most of the road surface was smoother and it was quieter, so much so that I could hear the crickets and cicadas singing there summer songs.
I rode the rest of the way to Stratford with only a few short stops to rest and re-hydrate.. I eventually stopped east of Stratford fat 12:30 for a lunch and to decide what I was going to do. I searched for a place to stay and I found that there were a places available in Stratford and in Kitchener, one of which was the Delta Marriott. While I was looking at my options, I received an email from Marriott stating that I would lose my Marriott Reward Points if I didn’t use them. I wanted to visit my cousin in the hospital which was near the Delta Marriott and I still felt good enough to ride further, so I decided to book it with some of my points and ride the 47 km to get there.
I left at 2 pm and when I got to New Hamburg, it started to rain and just after I crossed a bridge, the rain started to come down very hard and I quickly ducked under an overhang, which kept me from getting wetter. While I was waiting I checked my route and realized that I had just missed my turn at the bridge. The rain stopped after a few minutes so I headed back to the bridge and continued on my route. After going a little northeast and for about ten minutes, I noticed that this area was completely dry, which seemed a bit odd because it had come down so hard just a short distance away.
The rest of my ride was uneventful and at 4:30 pm, I arrived at the Delta and checked in. The concierge was very helpful. He gave me an upgrade due to my ‘silver’ Marriott status and he offered to store my bike for me. The hotel is fairly new, very luxurious and quite extravagant, not the type of place I was planning on stay. I took a shower and then headed to the hospital to visit my cousin. She had been hospitalized due to a severe pain in her leg which has been diagnosed as an infection, so the doctors are trying to heal it with antibiotics.
I graduated from Waterloo University, so I am familiar with the area, however, the city has made some significant improvements, especially the downtown area. I noticed that they have almost completed the new electric streetcar system. I always liked this area and it is one of the places I would consider living if I didn’t live in Niagara.
It was only 2 km to the hospital so I walked there and surprised my cousin, because I had mentioned to her that I would probably be coming on Monday. She has was my inspiration for writing this blog. Several years ago she asked me to keep her informed about my trips so after trying several options, I decided to create a blog where I could write my journals for each trip and she and a few others, could follow my journeys when it suited them.
I had a wonderful time visiting her and after a few hours, I returned to the hotel to get something to eat and to write my journal for the day before going to bed.
There is nothing in particular that I want to see and it is about 135 km to get home plus I am ready to go home to my own bed, bath and kitchen. Tomorrow might be a long day, depending on how far I ride.
Day 12 – Goderich to Waterloo
Distance Travelled: 119 km
Travel Time: 6 hr 20 min
Conditions: 15 -23 C ( 60 -73 F ) cool in the morning, warm with a little rain in the afternoon and a slight tailwind,
Accommodations: Delta Marriott ( 20000 Marriott points or $160 – I used points )