And on the 10th day of Gavin Smith’s fundraising ride for Ecojustice, he rested. With a cross-border trip ahead, Gavin binges on a mainstay of the Tim Hortons’ menu and learns the back stories of his fellow campers Dave and Wesley.

Day 10
June 20
Distance Travelled: Rest Day (Velorution, Sault Ste. Marie)

The number of errands I had to run in Sault Ste. Marie before I crossed over to the relative wilderness of upstate Michigan made me realize by about 1:30 p.m. that there was no way to get everything done and still cross the border at a reasonable hour. So I took advantage of the generosity of Velorution and extended my stay.

Dave and Wesley had the same idea, so we sat around talking for the evening. We bought a ridiculously large box of Timbits (It was supposed to be 40, but the cashier said, “I lost count after the first handful,” so the box was crammed with as many as she could fit). Then we made a fire in the back lot at Velorution. Dave and Wesley were great. Dave, like me, was blogging his trip on bybike.ca so we exchanged sites.

Wesley used to work in a sewage processing plant near L.A. He told me that tertiary sewage treatment is mandatory in California. I haven’t checked the details or verified that it’s true, but it’s interesting in comparison with Canada, a jurisdiction with similar population size, that only recently passed a regulation setting a national minimum standard of secondary treatment, to be phased in over many years. (The work Ecojustice has done on this topic, such as sewage dumping in Ontario, is worth a look). Anyway, I clocked out pretty early and said goodbye at the firepit, because I would be up and out at dawn to beat the border traffic.