out for nearly 700 km this past week
art.robinson at rogers.com
Sun Jul 19 07:13:33 PDT 2009
Nice trip, Jim!
Do they still have about 10K in the middle of Petersen still under
From: gpzlist-bounces at micapeak.com [mailto:gpzlist-bounces at micapeak.com]
On Behalf Of The Masons
Sent: 19 July 2009 09:54
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Subject: out for nearly 700 km this past week
Last Sunday I mounted up and headed to Penetanguishene* to see my
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
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
I stopped at Furnace Falls on the Irondale River for a picnic lunch.
day had warmed to about 21C (70F).
There were a dozen or so young ladies swimming in the pool below the
Most of them had suits on that would not have provided enough material
make a decent eye patch for a pirate - which was good. Lucky I didn't
off one of my fingers while eating my sandwich.
I stopped at an Arby's in Orillia and bought Liz a sandwich. The
the Orillia by- pass was stop and no go so I rode into the city and went
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
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
saw the $5.00 for 5 minutes or 5 days. So I rode up the side walk to
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
I could shave any distance off the trip. My wife doesn't like to ride
rickety roads so I'm not allowed any adventure driving with er in a
The first 90 km from Penetanguishene, past Midland, Port McNichol,
Harbour, Waubashene**, Fesserton, Coldwater, Warminster, Price's
Orillia, Rama to Rathburn takes 1.5 hours do to traffic, traffic lights
stop signs. But now I'm on the Monck Road and can make up some time. I
slow down and stand on the pegs when I crossed the Irondale River but
the sweet young things that had decorated the Furnace Falls pool were
so I found a higher gear and continued. I retraced my route to Toryhill
continued straight to to Wilberforce rather than take 121 to Bancroft.
Harcourt I took the ElephantLake/Peterson Road (the name depends on
end you enter the road from) to Hwy 62 at Maynooth. Hwy 62 to Combermere
then the Rockingham Road to Burudenell. Brudenell to Foymount,
and then Cobden. When I stopped for gas in Cobden my odomter read 340
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
out of bed Friday morning. Cutting a couple of lawns and helping a
with a stone and concrete patio since Friday has not helped matters
* Penetanguishene - "The place of (Bay of) the White Rolling sand"
** Waubashene - "The place (bay) of Rocks. Do a little boating here and
will find they didn't lie about this.
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