art.robinson at rogers.com
Sat Oct 19 08:44:36 PDT 2013
Nice account Mr. Jim.... and a nice set of roads too!!
Art in TO
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Behalf Of masonjs at nrtco.net
Sent: October-19-13 11:05 AM
To: Art Robinson
Subject: Thanksgiving run
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
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 light rain.
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 weekend.
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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