out for nearly 700 km this past week
masonjs at nrtco.net
Sun Jul 19 06:53:58 PDT 2009
Last Sunday I mounted up and headed to Penetanguishene* to see my daughter
and new grandson. I can make this a 400 km + ride but in the summer the
roads through Algonquin Park and the Muskoka Lakes region are too busy for
my liking at this time of year.
I rode to Eganville then took back roads through Foymount, Quadeville,
Schutt, Hardwood Lake, McArthur Mills to Bancroft. I stopped in several
places to pick daisies as my daughter likes them. It was cool about 15 C
(60F) so at Bancroft I exchanged my elkskin gloves for snowmobile gloves.
I stopped at Furnace Falls on the Irondale River for a picnic lunch. The
day had warmed to about 21C (70F).
There were a dozen or so young ladies swimming in the pool below the falls.
Most of them had suits on that would not have provided enough material to
make a decent eye patch for a pirate - which was good. Lucky I didn't bit
off one of my fingers while eating my sandwich.
I stopped at an Arby's in Orillia and bought Liz a sandwich. The traffic on
the Orillia by- pass was stop and no go so I rode into the city and went out
on the Coldwater road that becomes Hwy 12 to Midland. I stopped at the
hospital to visit Liz and Mason. Poor Mason's head was slightly pointed
from coming into this world with the aid of a suction device. The daisies
had suffered some ride fatigue being cooped up in the tail trunk but the
Arby's sandwich arrived intact. Liz was happy with both.
I was a little taken back when I went to leave the hospital parking lot and
saw the $5.00 for 5 minutes or 5 days. So I rode up the side walk to the
Emergency and then onto the road very nice wheel chair/motorcycle access
I parked my bike at Liz and Eric's house with 351 km showing on the
After getting the baby home, I headed back on Thursday. I was wondering if
I could shave any distance off the trip. My wife doesn't like to ride on
rickety roads so I'm not allowed any adventure driving with er in a vehicle.
The first 90 km from Penetanguishene, past Midland, Port McNichol, Victoria
Harbour, Waubashene**, Fesserton, Coldwater, Warminster, Price's Corners,
Orillia, Rama to Rathburn takes 1.5 hours do to traffic, traffic lights and
stop signs. But now I'm on the Monck Road and can make up some time. I did
slow down and stand on the pegs when I crossed the Irondale River but alas
the sweet young things that had decorated the Furnace Falls pool were gone,
so I found a higher gear and continued. I retraced my route to Toryhill and
continued straight to to Wilberforce rather than take 121 to Bancroft. At
Harcourt I took the ElephantLake/Peterson Road (the name depends on which
end you enter the road from) to Hwy 62 at Maynooth. Hwy 62 to Combermere
then the Rockingham Road to Burudenell. Brudenell to Foymount, Eganville
and then Cobden. When I stopped for gas in Cobden my odomter read 340 km
and it was 3 hrs and 47 minutes since I'd left Penetanguishene.
I had only stopped at traffic lights and stop signs on the way back and
would not realize how stupid this was for an old guy until I tryed to get
out of bed Friday morning. Cutting a couple of lawns and helping a friend
with a stone and concrete patio since Friday has not helped matters much.
* Penetanguishene - "The place of (Bay of) the White Rolling sand" (Huron
** Waubashene - "The place (bay) of Rocks. Do a little boating here and you
will find they didn't lie about this.
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