Excited yet? 3 more sleeps till Friday when we head to Welland for the tour. Remember that even if you haven’t signed up for the weekend, you’re welcome to join us for the day on Saturday or Sunday.
Here are some final reminders from your Tour Director, Marshall, about starting details, Niagara College stuff, restaurants and events in the area and playtime ideas. Keep on reading to the bottom for your invitation to get snapping. Photos that is!
Starting Time & Location
All rides will start at 10:00 AM from the Seaway Mall (800 Niagara Street) in Welland. Park close to the Burger King at the corner of Niagara Street and Woodlawn Road. The Mall is just a block or so from Niagara College and convenient to get to from other area.
Niagara College Details Reminder
- Complimentary parking on-site – obtain a parking pass provided by the front desk at check in
- Complimentary high speed Internet access and local telephone calls
- Light housekeeping service daily and full housekeeping (change linens) every fourth day
- Alcohol prohibited in public areas
- Complimentary 24 hour coffee & tea service available daily and light breakfast snack
- Kitchenette with microwave and full size refrigerator – lots of room for beer – bring your favourite breakfast food – and make sure you bring all your own supplies, dishes and utensils if you plan to use the kitchen!
- Check In Time: 4:00pm; Check Out Time: 11:00am – if leaving Sunday, be sure to check out in time for ride start and park at the Mall
Restaurants in Welland
There are loads of fast food restaurants out on the Niagara Street strip for a quick breakfast before the ride and a number of dining options.
- If a fast food breakfast isn’t your thing, here are the 10 Best breakfast places in Welland according to Trip Advisor.
- Here are the top 10 best dinner restaurants in Welland according to Trip Advisor, although I do agree with the first 5. I especially recommend “Taris on the Water”.
Events in the Welland area this Weekend
- Summer Music Festival 2017 ≫ Friday, Aug. 11 2017 – – Enjoy free concerts on the floating stage at Merritt Park this summer. All concerts are on Friday nights and begin at 7pm. The Associates, The Howling Horns and Heather Glaab will be on stage this Friday. Recommend a trip to the Floating stage if you arrive early enough on Friday. We’ll be biking by this Floating stage on our Sunday ride.
- Triathlon Ontario Provincial Championships ≫ Saturday, Aug. 12 – – WIFC 2017 Event. Looks like an interesting event, but we’ll be biking in the opposite direction on Saturday and expect the event will be over by the time we get back. But, who knows, could always venture down when we get back to check it out.
- Welland Canal Open Water Swim ≫ Sunday, Aug. 13 – – WIFC 2017 Event. Leisure group will be biking right through this on Sunday morning. Should get a good look at it on our visit to the Flatwater Centre. Probably will be over when both groups return that way later in the afternoon.
- Bridge-It – Port Robinson Ferry ≫ Sunday, Aug. 13 – – Join the Niagara Freewheelers Bicycle Touring Club and show your support for ’Bridge-It’ Port Robinson’s newly refurbished accessible ferry and the ’only’ ferry on the Welland Canal. We’ll be biking in the other direction to Lake Erie on our Sunday rides. The Leisure riders will be crossing the canal on this ferry on their Saturday ride. The event goes until 4:00pm so depending what time we get back to Welland on Sunday, there might be time to continue down to Port Robinson to meet our Niagara Freewheelers cousins.
- Royal Canadian Henley Regatta ≫ Aug. 6 to Aug. 12 – – The 135th annual running of this regatta. The Long Distance riders will be right in the middle of this Regatta when they pass through Port Dalhousie on their Saturday ride.
Ideas for Saturday Night Free Time
- Venture down to Niagara Falls. Its less than a 30-minute drive from Welland along highway 20 which is Lundy’s Lane, the main strip in the Falls.
- Too tired to go out, just hang out at the college, order something to eat in. Klaus has offered his suite for a party, let’s see how many Freewheelers we can get into that suite.
- Go out for dinner and try one of Welland’s many restaurants. M.T. Bellie’s, a popular Pub and Grillhouse isn’t far from the college or try Taris on the Water, the most popular but expensive place in Welland, right on the canal with a great view of the main street lift bridge.
- Maybe just enjoy a late evening drink on the patio of the Taris to check out the view of the lit up bridge.
- Check out the Local Optical Illusion: The shrinking Flour Mill. It’s not as famous or spectacular as the magnetic hill in Moncton, but don’t let anyone from Port Colborne hear you say that. Both ride groups will have a chance to observe this phenomenal on the Sunday ride.
Photo Contest: Great Friends, Great Food, Great Fitness
One last reminder: bring your camera! Did I read a club posting sometime back about the first annual Ganaraska Freewheelers First Annual Photo Competition? I believe the 3 categories are “great friends”, “great food”, “great fitness”, exactly what this bike tour is all about.
What an opportunity we have here. Let’s see how many winning pictures come out of this weekend! Here are two challenges to get your creative photographer’s idea wheels turning.
Challenge # 1: Find the spot, take the shot.
Check out the pictures below taken by Marshall when he test rode the routes last weekend. Envision these views as background to a your contest winning picture!
Challenge # 2: Find the spot, take the shot, but add some wild & crazy!
These pictures were taken along the ride routes last week. Could be in a Long Ride route or Leisure Ride route or maybe both. Find the location and take the craziest, funniest photo you can. Great friends having fun – got to be a contest winner.
One last reminder in closing:
We will ride as a group and will not knowingly drop anyone.
No one will ride on their own.
Looking forward to a wonderful weekend of great fitness, food and friends!