The rain stopped after overnight steadiness and I headed off along Highway 12 for the Fall Fair at Orillia but soon after I began the monsoon avalanched heavy rain. So I stopped partway to Orillia and had lunch at Tiffany’s Restaurant in Coldwater, Ontario.
I ended up in conversation with a senior couple and their daughter. He is 88 years old and was a truck driver for Canadian Ordnance Corps in Northeast Europe. He described meeting a school buddy in Ghent who was too embarassed to admit he that he was shot in the buttocks during the Battle of the Hochwald Forest (Operation Veritable and Operation Blockbuster).
from the wikipedia article “After the war, General Dwight Eisenhower, the Allied Supreme Commander, commented this “was some of the fiercest fighting of the whole war” and “a bitter slugging match in which the enemy had to be forced back yard by yard”.”
This gentleman weighed 140 lbs when he went in the Army and weighs that today. It was a great pleasure and privilege to speak with a World War Two veteran. This gentleman has a razor sharp memory. We talked about lake levels in the Great Lakes and fierce local weather. He has an avid interest in weather and runs his own home weather station. He remarked on the extreme low pressure that followed a harsh storm that blew through on Friday, barometric pressure was as low as that experienced with hurricanes.