Ganaraska Freewheelers Cycling Club

Cycling from Whitby – Tuesday, October 15

Fall colours are here.

Marshall invites you below to join him this Tuesday for a beautiful picturesque Autumn ride along the Waterfront Trail. 

We will be exploring the Waterfront Trail between Ajax and Darlington Provincial Park. A 55 K route will have a little bit of something for everybody – flat terrain, quiet trails, lakefront and beach views, parks, marshlands, boardwalks, forests and beautiful Fall colours.

The ride will start at 10:00 AM from the Royal Oak Pub at Victoria Street West and Gordon Street in Whitby (Whitby Shores – 617 Victoria Street West). Lunch is booked at the pub for 1:00 PM.  Lots of parking is available in the mall between Tim Hortons and Scotiabank. Check out the Royal Oak Pub on the following link.

Comment if you plan to stay for lunch to help with the booking.

Our 55 K tour will first head west through the Lynde Shores Marsh to the edge of Ajax, doubling back through the Whitby Marina and lakefront park, over to Lakeview Park in Oshawa and on to a ride through Darlington Park before heading back to our lunch at the Royal Oak Pub.

Attached are a map and cuesheet. The 55 K route is an out and back and can be easily shortened by just turning back when you are ready. Some shorter distances are mentioned on the map. Please print you own copy. The route is quite flat and offers a great chance for all of us to ride as a group.

I have also included a link  to the map on “Ride with GPS” for those who would like to download it to their phones. Even if you don’t plan to download it, I would recommend that you take a peek at the satellite view of this ride. Drill right down and check out what’s in store for you on this beautiful ride.

Here’s hoping for some great fall weather.  See you all on Tuesday.

Cycling from Port Hope – Friday, October 11

Katherine is your host for our annual Thanksgiving ride starting at 5 from her place this Friday. Please read her invitation below and make sure to comment if you plan to join us.

It is turkey time again!  I cannot believe a year has gone past.  October 11 is quickly approaching.

Me and the girls cordially invite you to ours to get that Thanksgiving weekend off to an advance start! 

Friday afternoon, the cycling bit commences at 5pm (note bump up of time).  The illustrious Brian Hedney will be your default ride leader and route provider, since he is making his infamous cranberries and is actually going to be in town! We will follow the Osaca Odyssey route. However, the ride will leave from Katherine’s house, so you will be pleased to learn that this means you do not have to climb Bedford Street as indicated on the map 🙂  This route has 46 km, 36 km and 27 km options. When deciding upon your riding distance bear in mind that the sun sets in Port Hope at 6:35 PM on October 11th!

Dinner is going to attempt to hit the island 7:30-8pm, if you are joining for festivities only. I am as always, making a turkey, with stuffing, gravy, etc.  I also discovered Maple Dale Cheese has a factory outlet. Well. Some cheese leapt into the cart. So that’s my contribution. The girls are offering both dry kibble and pate should anyone be interested.  And Bink is generally good for a mouse toy or 2.

Mr. Pike, as is his annual duty, is once again on ham, with the accompanying glaze.

If you would please indicate if you are coming, and how many people, it helps me with the furniture distribution.

As always, I am looking forward to spending a wonderful evening with my friends.  And enjoying amazingly good food!

K, Bink and Tabbey 

Cycling from Clarington – Tuesday, October 8

Occo is our host for Tuesday’s ride. We will start at Haydon Hall (2503 Conc Rd 8 – 1km east of 57). Washrooms are available – a donation is suggested.

Afterwards, join us for pot luck at Occo’s home – rain or shine! Parking is limited.

Suggested route is 58 kilometers with 702 meters elevation:

Cycling from Minden – Saturday, October 5

From the Haliburton Sculpture Forest

Sue is hosting Saturday’s ride starting from the Minden Rotary Park starting at 10:30.

The Minden to Haliburton ride will be about 62 k. Option for a shorter 52 k route is available. Or a longer 82 k route. We can take a look at the Haliburton Sculpture Forest and have lunch at the Baked and Battered restaurant in Haliburton.

Here’s the Ride with GPS link.

You can also download and print the cuesheet and map.

There are some hills, nothing too bad. Parking will be at the Minden Rotary Park which is just off 35 Hwy to the left as you are heading north. It is just past the Kawartha Dairy Outlet. Hopefully the colours will be beautiful at this time. Weather forecast looks promising!

Cycling from Peterborough – Tuesday, October 1

Irene and Richard are doing a double hitter, hosting Tuesday’s 10:00 am ride from Peterborough. Their invitation is below.

We’re missing someone. Who are we missing?
Marshall! Where’s Irene & Richard?

Weather permitting, the ride on Tuesday is the Lakefield & Young’s Point route , commencing from Beavermead Park, just off of Ashburnham Drive. Lunch is at the Ashburnham Ale House, located at 128 Hunter St. East.

The Rotary Club Trail is closed for a small section between Stanley and Hazlitt Street, however detours are very clearly marked. The route from Lakefield to Young’s Point is beautiful 😊.

Richard and I will cycle the Trail to Lakefield and stop for coffee at the Nutty Bean Cafe, located at 33 Queen Street, then return to Peterborough for a route of about 30 km.

Just a suggestion: The restaurant is actually located on the Rotary Trail about a kilometre or less from the Beavermead Park so rather than cycle back to our cars and then drive to Ashburnham, I think Richard and I will stop off for lunch then cycle back to our car.

Lastly, being a “Butterfly Cyclist” …. we’ll check the weather forecast on Tuesday morning and any POP at 70% or over, the ride will be cancelled.

Cycling fromCobourg – Friday, September 27

Marianne and Franco are your hosts Friday for our 5:30 ride starting from Marianne’s. Their invitation is below.

So….we’ll ride up from our places to Baltimore & Beyond ( Myers Nickerson hardwood etc …hopefully 3 route options.) We’ll provide some maps.

We’ll eat and drink and laugh. Same old awesome same old! Potluck will proceed rain or shine.

Cycling from Colborne – Tuesday, September 24

Richard and Irene are your hosts for Tuesday’s ride starting at 10:00 am from the Keeler Centre in Colbourne (80 DivisionStreet). Their invitation is below.

Join us for some Telephone Road Madness – a route with both long and short rides that returns to Colbourne via Durham Rd (Brian H’s comment “enjoy the 70 km/hr descent!”)

The road has been recently graveled with large loose stones. Very unpleasant. Irene walked down the steep bits and Richard slowly descended using his left leg to keep the bike upright.

We highly recommend either Zig Zagging down Elgin or the more leisurely and pleasant descent down Parliament into Colbourne.

The cafe in Grafton is open and might be a good place to get a shot of caffeine before tackling the hills. It’s also a good turn around point for a lighter ride. There are washrooms at our start/end point. Lunch will be at the Golden Rooster.

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