Monday, 13 June 2011

The Long And Wine-ding Road

Niagara On The Lake is surrounded by huge vineyards and over the years, more and more wineries have opened up, some of them creating a particular regional speciality - ice wine. Ice wine is made from grapes which have been allowed to freeze on the vine (temperatures get chilly round here) and the resulting wine is supposed to have a very intense sweet flavour - we needed to try some.

Fuelled with enthusiasm for all things cycle related, we hired a tandem and started our training for next year's Toronto-to-Niagara event with a tour of the wineries, stopping occasionally to sample their isotonic sports wine.

We're becoming old hands at the whole tandem lark, and the 30 odd miles we covered were mainly on flat roads, so didn't pose too many problems. The only real challenge we faced was one we'd never encountered before. Long, straight, flat roads quickly start to feel quite dull, and this area is big on long straight flat roads. We got to a point where even Jus was starting to hope for a bit of a hill, or the odd hairpin bend just to give us something different to think about.

But the wine was good, the weather was perfect (again) and our B&B has a beautiful garden with a hot tub that you could live in. Mmmmm, time for another "sports drink" I think.

Elite athlete recovery facility, Niagara On The Lake. Hot tub on top deck!

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