masonjs at nrtco.net
masonjs at nrtco.net
Sat Oct 19 08:05:27 PDT 2013
Last weekend was Canadian Thanksgiving. We had a house full of
relatives for 3 days. Fortunately my brother in law Dave showed up
with his Honda VFR giving the 2 of us an escape from the pandemonium.
Sunday morning was 12C (56F) bright and clear with light rain forecast
in the afternoon. We took off from the house in Westmeath heading for
Renfrew seeking fuel.
We gassed up at Chenaux and bypassed Renfrew taking 515 to Calabogie.
We had been informed to be back mid afternoon so the Bogie road to
Lanark was out and we headed west to the Centenial Lake road. The
autumn colors were peaking and a little distracting. We had a nice
leisurely 25 km of twisties on the Centenial Lake Road and stopped at
a rural boat launch for a drink and a sandwich.
We came out on Hwy 41 at Griffith and headed north We stopped at
Tooley Lake picnic area to discuss the return route and decided on The
Scotch Bush Road to save time. On the decent into Dacre there was a
detour sign stating that the bridge on the Scotch Bush Road was
closed at Balalclava. Decisions being made for us. We continued
north on 41 and turned onto the Opeongo Road heading 30 km up to
Foymount. Foymount is the highest village in Ontario and not all that
high - about 900 feet (300 meters). It was built in the 1960's as
part of the "Pine Tree Defence Line" a series of radar bases installed
during the "Cold War". We were about 1/2 way up when we ran into a
As we crested the summit the vista before us was spectacular. We
could see the brilliant autumn foliage in a 90 degree arc from north
to east for 160km. Neither one of us had thought to bring a camera.
We stopped for a few minutes to enjoy the view then turned right onto
512 and headed down hill to Cormac.
Half way to Eganville we waved at my son and his family as they had
left my place and were at his in-laws for the remainder of the
Another 50 km of lackluster back roads had us at the house in
Westmeath and the annual Thanksgiving pig out there at.
Its been a week since the ride and the feast and my fridges are still
full of left overs.
Jim - who has to get out and ride more
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