A Summer Evening

Lakeside Park - Kingsville, Ontario We started out around 4ish and to avoid rush hour traffic we headed out on some  country roads, which seems to relax my mind, the open spaces helps clear my head.

I really enjoyed our ride tonight, we did our usual jaunt along highway #50 and then stopped at Lakeside Park in Kingsville - it is such a pretty little park, we sat on a bench in the shade and enjoyed the beautiful view and breezes that were coming off the lake while we discussed where we would go for dinner. We then rode to Leamington and stopped at Birdie's Perch for fish tacos (once again), when we find something that works for us we go often.

To switch things up a bit we went a slightly different way, both on the way there and on the way back - the thing that surprised me was how turned around I get. I thought Essex county was pretty straight forward and if I made enough lefts and rights I would somehow get where I wanted to go. At one point I just kept heading straight ahead because the sun was in eyes so I knew I must be heading west, both Larry and I were so surprised where we came out. I seriously have no sense of direction, which is so frustrating!

But tonight it didn't matter to me, it was a great night for a ride, the weather was perfect with warm breezes and sunshine, we did some backtracking but I didn't mind, I felt like I could ride all night. We got home around 8:30, there is no better way to spend a night.

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Dinner at Birdies Perch

The plan today was to meet at 4:30pm and go for a ride, the highest temperature today was 22°celsius (71.6°fahrenheit), so it was a bit cool (especially for us - this time of year) and when the sun hid behind the clouds, a strong breeze kicked in but that didn't slow us down.

We took our usual route, driving through Amherstburg and hitting highway 50, through Kingsville to Leamington where we had a yummy dinner at Birdies Perch.Screen Shot 2015-07-02 at 10.01.48 PM

We had a great ride there, sometimes riding the Lake Erie Coast line can be a bit chillier, although I was comfortable on the way there I thought it might be a bit to cold on the way home,  so we chose a route that was more inland, it's also fun to switch it up a bit. On the way back it didn't take me long to wish I had put on my sweatshirt, I ended up stopping on the gravel shoulder of the road in front of a farm house that was set back quite a bit from the road. I was pleasantly surprised when the owner of the house came over to us to see if we needed help, I'm not sure how he felt about my 'being too cold' story but we were appreciative of his kind intention.

I find it completely freeing to ride, it doesn't take long to get to farm land, there is something about driving in the country that relaxes me. I also enjoy living on a peninsula and being surrounded by water, I love riding along the water even if it is dotted with houses. What a great way to spend 2½ hours of our evening!

 

 

Riding

I met Larry at work today, it was a beautiful day and I needed to be on my bike. We started out by taking Riverside Drive and drove out to Belle River, we made a right on Belle River Rd - we usually make a left and head out on #2 towards Chatham, but this time we were headed south. It was a great ride, I was following Larry and he was going up and down roads we either hadn't been on before or haven't traveled much on, we drove by so many farms, everything was very green - there is something I find  relaxing about riding in areas that are expansive. We found ourselves in Wheatley and decided to start heading back (towards home), we drove up to Deer Run RD (from Erie Street), I stopped to take a photo.

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We have these awesome signs in Ontario that will point you in the direction of the more  'scenic' path or 'water front' trail, after we made our turn on Deer Run Rd, we made a left following the sign that promised a waterfront view. It was kinda exciting because we've never taken it before, we were not disappointed, there were a lot of cottages dotted along Lake Erie but still some areas of just the pretty Lake,  we saw marsh and lot's of green, there were some tight turns and curves - all in all, a great ride, my only complaint is that it was to short. The waterfront views ended at Hillman Marsh, a beautiful area, we then shirted our way to Point Pelee Drive where we had the best fish taco's at Birdies Perch, we've been there numerous times before and enjoy it every time.

Our ride from Deer Run Rd and Erie to Point Pelee Drive

Surrounded by beauty all around I finally gave in and stopped for a picture.

It was a wonderfully relaxing and enjoyable way to spend the evening.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Birdie's Perch

Today I surprised Larry, I parked my bike right in front of his and waited, when he walked out of work - there I was! We decided to go for a ride which turned out to be great fun, we drove down Riverside Drive and continued through LasalleAmherstburg until we were able to take Essex County Highway #50, it was a beautiful day for a ride and the view of Lake Erie just felt right. It was relaxing and exhilarating at the same time, we drove until we came to Birdie's Perch where we appeased our rumbling stomachs. The restaurant is in a double decker bus, the kitchen is on the main floor and the upstairs has booths set up. There are tables and umbrellas set up surrounding the front of the bus, as well as an ice cream booth and a port-a-john - all the essentials. I like that it's casual, I don't feel underdressed or feel like my 'helmet' hair is being judged.

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Did I mention the perch is delicious and comes quickly - 2 of my favourite things.