Today – Wednesday – was another great day for B4B. We were set to leave the Free Methodist Church in Picton at 0800, when a thunderstorm rolled in. We checked the Environment Canada Website, and our expert leader believed that the storm would pass quickly. So, we waited for about an hour, and departed Picton on wet roads but with no precipitation.
We toured Prince Edward County’s east side, seeing many vineyards, farms, orchards, and historic church buildings as we travelled. Our morning break was at the Black River Cheese Company, a neat little place that sold great cheese and great ice cream (though I was good and indulged in neither – too early in the day!). From there we toured the County until we stopped for lunch at Lake on the Mountain Park. This is a phenomenon not to be missed; a lake, seemingly without anything feeding it, sits on a hill quite a distance above Lake Ontario. Here, we had an impromptu visit from a reporter from the local newspaper.
After lunch, we descended the hill to the Glenora Ferry, operated by the Ministry of Transportation as part of Highway 33, the Loyalist Parkway. From the Ferry, we stopped at the historic Hay Bay Church, which was settled in 1792 as a Methodist mission for the United Empire Loyalists, who had moved to Canada in sympathy with the British after the American Revolution. A member of the overseeing Board, now run by the Bay of Quinte Conference of the United Church of Canada, gave us a fine and interesting lecture on the history of the church. It was an especially enjoyable stop for one of our riders, whose great uncle had been a student minister in that congregation many years ago. Now, it is used as an historic site, and one service is held each year.
From Hay Bay, we came to Edith Rankin United Church in Collins Bay, on the west side of Kingston. The church is situated on the shore of Lake Ontario. We enjoyed our supper, and our evening worship gathering, overlooking the lake. The Associate Minister of the congregation treated us to a communion service, which was a real blessing for us all.
Tomorrow, we will head back west, stopping at the Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory, whose Anglican parish has proven to be a great friend of the Canadian Bible Society.
Thank you for your prayers. Our riders and roadies continue to be strong and healthy and passionate about their ride and our cause.