Weekend Ride

We decided to go for a weekend trip, which was extra fun because we did an overnight trip the weekend before - sometimes you just need to get away and have some fun. This time we decided to head to the St. Jacobs area, we arranged to stay at a B&B in a little town called Conestogo, Ontario, just outside  the Waterloo/Kitchener area. We headed out Saturday morning but ran into some delays, so after having breakfast at Marija's (my favourite breakfast place) we headed out on Riverside Dr toward Chatham and set the GPS to scenic route, which was fun although we got turned around after coming across a couple of detours, I'm sure we were retracing our steps a few times. We came across roads and tiny towns that we had never heard of before but we persevered and had a lovely trip. Our first break in Chatham, Ontario

When we got to Stratford we stopped to eat at a chain restaurant because I was starving, then we drove around the city a bit - it was a very pretty, I think the next we go that way I'ld like to stay there. It didn't take us to long to get to our B&B after that - but we did get there late, it was just turning dark. This is basically the route we took;

Headed to our B&B in Conestogo

 

The room was very cute, located in the upstairs of a rambling older home, our bathroom was across the hall but it was private.

The B&B

 

We had a great night sleep and were ready to start out again in the morning, this time we were concerned about the weather, rain was predicted and the sky was cloudy. We drove through St. Jacobs, Elmira, Elora (where we stopped for breakfast at Uptown Cafe - very good!), Fergus, Georgetown just skirting the rain then ended up in Brampton just before the rain hit and meeting up with some incredible friends who are the most gracious hosts.

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The next day, Monday we again started out, this time we headed home, the long way. My good friend suggested we start out going out the back roads and we followed her directions and we throughly enjoyed the ride, we stopped for breakfast in Waterdown at Angels Diner, seriously such a good breakfast.

Our Journey Home

We talked to a helpful server at Angels and she gave us directions for a great scenic ride, it was breathtaking. After we left Waterdown, we went through Hamilton, Dundas, Cope Town, Caledonia, Simcoe, LongPoint, Port Stanley, Blenheim and McGregor - where we were able to stop at Allens Grocery Store to pick up a few beers and a bottle wine. The ride got a little difficult as the heat of the day set in, we stopped at Long Point for a bite (do not order the fish sandwich - just sayin). After Long Point we got gas in Port Stanley and we took a much needed break at Tim Hortons in Blenheim, the rest of the ride home was fun as we found a new route trying to get to Allens, and the weather cooled a bit. After we left Allens we were home in about 20 mins and 10 mins later I was in an epsom salt bath with a glass of wine. Awesome weekend!!

Port Stanley

We woke up last Saturday morning and spontaneously decided to go for an overnight ride, the weather was promising to be beautiful, after seeing rain pretty much all week I was ready for some sunshine also we both were ready for a break from our busy lives. So we put a few essentials in the saddlebags and started out, we decided to go to Port Stanley - it's about a 2 hour drive if you take the highway, but about a 4 to 5 hour ride if you take the scenic route and stop for a leisurely breakfast. After reserving a hotel in Port Stanley, (which took a bit of work to find a place that wasn't booked) we headed out, we drove for about a ½ hour or so and stopped for breakfast in Essex and then carried on, after Leamington we took highway #3 most of the way. We arrived in Port Stanley around 4ish, checked into our hotel, we were pleasantly surprised with the room.

We went for a walk along the beach, it was surprisingly crowded, lots of people, tents and umbrellas.

Busy beach day.

Busy beach day.

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Creativity on the beach, seen during our first walk.

 

Dinner was nice, we sat on the patio at a local restaurant and worked off the creme brûlée with a walk around town and  on the boardwalk.

Two guys catching minnows for bait.

A memorial to The Olga Disaster.

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Oh, and just for the record - it's illegal to drink on the beach, uh oh

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Sunday morning we had breakfast on the patio, I had eggs with perch, so good and very relaxing. We headed home around 11:30, we took the long way and got home around 5. It was short but a great time :) Can't wait to do it again.

 

Essex County Road 50

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County Road 50

One of my favourite roads is county road 50 between Amherstburg and Kingsville, it runs along Lake Erie and goes through a few cute towns, the first one is Essex and then Colchester, Oxley and it eventually leads to Kingsville.

Signs along the way

It's a small 2 lane highway, approximately 30K's long, starting at county road #20 and ending at county road #20, it's the long way but scenic. On a nice day you'll have lots of company including fellow bikers, sight seers in cars and bicycles, as you drive along, farmland, vineyards, cottages, road-side stands, wineries (at least 8, many offering samples), restaurants and beaches will line the road. There is a b & b, called The Bell House, a blueberry farm and John R. Park Homestead (a step back in time), and once a year this highway is celebrated with an Explore the Shore weekend festival.

A pit stop at one of the very small beaches along the way.

We'll often take this way and find someplace in Kingsville or we'll go a little further to Leamington for a bite to eat, a fun night out. We've had breakfast at the beginning of this route at Ure's County Kitchen, a place that serves up good food as well as gas, firewood, and it has a convince store.

The beginning of County Rd 50

I also enjoy cutting this route a little bit short and making a right on Cull Street and then another right on Queen Street and you'll find your self at Lakeside Park, a park that has a small beach, a play area for the kids and a bathroom - it's a good place to take a break and have a snack, which is exactly what I did last time I went.

Lakeside Park, Kingsville

Roller Skating

About 3 years ago I joined the local Roller Derby team as a referee, I joined because  I love to skate and was excited to have the opportunity, through that experience I found out that there was an arena in Livonia Michigan. I was pretty excited, the first time I went it was to a referee clinic, we went early to skate. As I walked in the doors I felt like I stepped back in time, it was very exciting, the walls are covered with carpet, there was a disco ball and they were playing oldies. Skating at Riverside Arena for the first time with a fellow referee.

Since then I started going fairly regularly on Thursday mornings, usually I go with my sister however yesterday I went by myself, it was a beautiful day so I decided to take my bike. I took the scenic route my gps directed me to take, it was a fun ride, I seen a different part of Detroit as well as a lot of unique graffiti, it brought me through areas I've never been before.

After talking to a fellow skater I was introduced to Hines Road, a group of us drove on it on the way to a restaurant in Pontiac and then I followed it most of the way home. It was quite scenic, especially compared to my ride there. LgQnLl8yNt-2                       LgQnLl8yNt

I outlined it red in the maps above to give you an idea where it is.

I'm pretty excited to discover some great routes in Michigan, anybody have any suggestions?

Point Pelee National Park

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Yesterday it was a beautiful day for a ride and I was lucky enough to spend part of it at Point Pelee National Park, I love driving down the tree lined street - the beauty is breath taking.

Point Pelee is a Canadian national park in Essex County, there is a lot of marsh and woodland habitats with a peninsula of land stretching into Lake Erie. There are several beaches in the park but my favourite park is the boardwalk in the marsh. Click on the map for more information.

(picture #1) My bike and I visiting the marsh, (picture #2) and a tiny, tiny picture of my bike from the perspective at the top of the sight tower.

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Riverside Drive, Windsor Ontario

riversidedrive The weather has not cooperated with my desire to ride, it's been a bit gloomy and rainy but I've manage to get out a few times. My favourite local ride is Riverside Drive, it is one of the main roads here, in Windsor, Ontario, travelling along the Detroit River and it ends in St. Clair Beach, it's a pretty ride, you can usually see the river on one side and the other has homes, office buildings and apartment buildings. There is almost always another biker on this stretch which makes it fun, the speed limit is 50 k/h for the most part and depending on the time of day the traffic isn't to bad. The busiest area is downtown, there are a few traffic lights in a row, so depending on your luck it could go quickly or not. I find the ride relaxing and if you choose, there are many parks along the way where you can stop, take a break and enjoy the view. The 3 main parks starting west are Windsor Sculpture Park, then downtown there is Dieppe Gardens and Coventry Gardens which has our Peace Fountain.

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Victoria

It's Christmas time and I'm in Victoria, BC -  How lucky and I? Today was sunny with a high of 46°(F), I rented a car - imagine my jealousy when I started noticing all the bikes around. With the mild temperatures I imagine people can ride all year around.

So I did a bit of research on the 'world wide web' and found this site, there are some really fun trips that I would love to try! I will defiantly come back out with my bike and do some exploring, hopefully this coming up summer.

Ride Motorcycle Roads in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

 

Instead of riding I was walking, enjoying downtown Victoria, doing a little boxing day shopping and having lunch with one of my favourite people - all in all a very good day. Victoria, BC is a very charming and beautiful city, I recommend a visit soon and can't wait of post about some rides in this area.

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