In lieu of a Friday ride this week there will be a special ride on Saturday June 1stst. We are planning a Doors Open Northumberland ride in which we will visit some of the 28 available locations. Although there are venues located throughout our county, we are only visiting a few that are located in Cobourg, Grafton and (for the longer route) Castleton. Since this is a 2-day event, you may wish to visit some of the others (particularly those in Port Hope) at your leisure on Sunday. Details of this exciting event can be found here.
Logistics for Saturday June 1st
- Meet at the home of Diane McCormick in Cobourg. Di’s address can be found in the member section of our Website. There is ample free parking on her street.
- The ride will start promptly at 10:00 AM.
- There will be a pot-luck lunch at Di’s, but not starting until 3:00 PM. You should, therefore, consider bringing some snacks, or $$ to purchase some. The new café at the Grafton Inn has excellent coffee and munchies!
- A small lock for your precious bike is recommended.
There will be two rides – a short 33km and a longer 62 km ride!
- The short ride essentially goes from Cobourg to Grafton and back and is 33 km in length. Di will be in charge of this group.
- After visiting one or two venues in Cobourg, the long ride heads off along C.R.2 to Grafton, where we will linger for about one hour. There are a number of interesting Open Doors locations in the village and, of course, there is the café at the Grafton Inn. We then head to Castleton via Shelter Valley Road, Pipeline Road and Old Shelter Valley Road. The return to Cobourg is by means of C.R.22, Broomfield Rd., Eddystone Rd., Boomerang Rd., Clouston Rd., Grills Rd., The Scots Line, Hoskin Rd., Danforth Rd., Brookfield Rd., and C.R.2. It is 62 km in length.
- Please print, and bring with you to the ride, a copy of the linked Doors Open 62 km route map. Brian H. has offered his services as a Tour Guide for the long ride group.
The short ride group will likely visit more venues than the long ride group. The venues we could visit are as follows.
- (Cobourg) Sifton-Cook Heritage Centre
- (Cobourg) Golden Rail Pub at Legion Village
- (Grafton) Barnum House
- (Grafton) St. George’s Anglican Church
- (Grafton) The Canning Factory
- (Grafton) The Weslevan Methodist Meeting House
- (Castleton – long ride only) The Mill at Piper Creek
- Also in Grafton, across from the Grafton Inn, is Art Salad (an outdoor art show and sale). (Note: Ruth and Pete participated in it last year and thought it was a great event.)
There is obviously a lot going on in Grafton (including a café visit) so the long ride folks may wish to read up ahead of time in order to maximize the one hour that they will have there. The “express train to Castleton” will not wait in the Grafton Station for more than 60 minutes!
Be sure to join us on Saturday for a bit of local history!
Marshall invites you below to our upcoming Tuesday ride!
Although Mother Nature seems a little slow of the start line, it’s that “blossom” time of the year – i.e., time for the Ganaraska Freewheelers’ 6th annual “Port Hope Blossom Ride”. Yes, it’s been 5 years since we headed out from the Port Hope Town Hall on our first blossom ride ending with an amazing time on The Beamish patio.
Come on out this Tuesday and join your biking friends on this annual fun ride. The route has been changed up a bit this year, but we’ll still be hitting all the usual “not to be missed” views – Baulch Rd lilac tunnel, Loyalist Road and 4th Line apple orchards, Bethel Grove hills of lilacs, Vimy Ridge lilac show plus climb and the amazing fields of lilacs at Cranberry Road and the 401.
All ending with lunch at The Beamish, hopefully on the patio.
Ride details at a glance are:
- Start location: Port Hope Town Hall (Victoria Street Ball Park for the non climbers)
- Time: 10:00 a.m.
- Distance: 58 kms with 3 shortcuts of 39, 45 or 50 kms
- Lunch: The Beamish (hoping for patio weather)
Here’s hoping that Mother Nature AND the Weather Gods are with us on Tuesday.
Below is Sue’s invitation to join the Freewheelers in July for another wonderful weekend tour. Watch for more details and a dedicated page. For now, mark your calendars and let Sue know if you plan to join us.
Our weekend in St. Jacobs is shaping up with rides planned for Saturday and Sunday, and also Friday for those who arrive that day. Spouses and friends are welcome to join us and will have to sign our waiver.
There are quite a few beautiful little villages in this lovely Mennonite area, including Elora, Elmira, Heidelberg, Fergus as well as St. Jacobs. There will be long (about 80k) and short distance options each day. Learn more about the St. Jacobs area here.
We will check out the St. Jacobs Farmers Market before we set out on our ride Saturday since it is only open until 3:30 (starts at 7 in the morning).
I’m thinking of reserving a restaurant for our dinner on Saturday night if we have people interested in that. Or maybe just pizza in the dorms?
There are a few accommodation options.
- Camping. You can camp (with Brian H. maybe) for approximately $39 per night plus a $13 reservation fee at Laurel Creek Conservation Area, which is about a 10-min drive from St. Jacobs. Please reserve your own site.
- Wilfred Laurier University dorms. There are five 5-bedroom apartments set aside for us at $169 per night – divided by 5 persons plus tax, the total per person is $33.80. The bedrooms have a single bed and open onto a common livingroom/kitchen area with 2 or 3 bathrooms per apartment. No cutlery, plates or pots and pans are provided, but you’ll have a microwave and a big fridge, and lots of counter space. Parking is free. The check-in office is open until 11pm and is located in the King Street Residence (200 King Street North). This check-in building is different from the apartment-style residence where you will be staying. Visit their booking site to find out more. Please let Sue know if you plan on staying here as she is coordinating the allocation of rooms.
- Holiday Inn in St. Jacobs. Rooms are $159 per night (plus tax) with 2 queen beds in each room/ or one king. This includes a full hot breakfast and access to a swimming pool (with a dumping bucket, Richard). Parking and high speed internet are free. Microwave, fridge, coffee maker and 42″ flat screen TV are included. If you plan on staying here, please book your own room as soon as possible, as they fill up fairly quickly at this prime time. Call 519-772-9800
Bonus!: The Disney musical “Newsies” is playing that weekend at the St. Jacobs Country Playhouse. Hmm. Friday night or Saturday night? Click here to get your tickets.
Below is a 2-part message from Brian H. inviting you to Friday’s ride and proposing an exciting event for you to attend on Saturday.
Friday, May 24
Friday’s ride starts from the home of Brenda and Wayne at the usual time of 5:30 PM.
Ride Leaders are Brian Hedney and Wayne McRoberts. The Route is the Northumberland Classic. Please print your own map.
This Friday’s route map actually shows a start from the Baltimore Community Centre, an easy 2 km ride from the home of Brenda and Wayne. The 45 km route starts by following the 20 km course that will be used the following day for the Northumberland Classic OCA race (see below under Saturday). This includes an ascent of the delightful Northumberland Heights Road! Although the route is 45 km in length, you will see from the map that there are several options available to shorten it. However, we are sure no Freewheelers would choose to by-pass the Northumberland Heights hill!
Après-ride pot-luck chez Brenda & Wayne.
Saturday May 25
The Province’s top cyclists will be in our neck of the woods on this day for an Ontario Cup race that starts at the Baltimore Community Centre. Further details about the Ontario Cup event can be found on the attached PDF and in this Northumberlnd News article from last year – https://www.northumberlandnews.com/sports-story/8579504-cycling-race-comes-to-northumberland/.
Although this is not a GFW event, it could be an excellent opportunity to watch elite cyclists in action on a course that we will have ridden the evening before. These racers will ride up to eight laps of the course which, of course, means ascending Northumberland Heights hill up to eight times!
Join your ride leader Brian H. at 10:00 a.m. at the Bewdley arena for a ride that will follow the beautiful Two Lakes route. Choose from distances of 56 or 37 kilometres – regardless, you’ll enjoy a couple challenging climbs, some great lake views and rewarding downhills. Good eats at Rhino’s afterwards.
Note: Marshall’s Annual Blossom Tour will take place next Tuesday, May 28 to take full advantage of the blooms.
Friday’s ride will start at 5:30 p.m. from the parking lot behind the Dutch Oven in Cobourg. The route will be the Spring Fling offering three distances of 44, 40 and 31 kilometres.
If you plan to ride, please comment to let other riders know they’ll have companionship for the ride. And feel free to suggest post-ride dining options.
Enjoy the first long weekend of the Spring/Summer season everyone! Be safe.