Ganaraska Freewheelers Cycling Club

Riding from Trenton – Saturday, October 17

Sue is your host for this Saturday’s ride commencing at 10:00 from Frankford at the Frankford Tourist park. Entrance to the park is midway on the bridge over the river.

There is lots of room for parking but no washrooms.

Print out this route map which shows distances of 38, 55 and 70km. Alternatively, here is a Ride with GPS map link.

Looking forward to seeing you on Saturday.

Riding from Orono Park – Tuesday, October 13

Sue and Marshall, your Tuesday Ride coordinators, will be leading this Tuesday’s ride and invite you to join them at Orono Park at 10:00 for a beautiful fall ride through the roads, parks and waterfront of the Orono / Bowmanville / Newcastle area. A 60 kms (40 kms shorter route) relatively flat ride including 10kms of downhill from Hampton to downtown Bowmanville, a scenic ride through Bowmanville Park, a stop at the fish ladder on Bowmanville Creek, 5kms of newly paved bike path from Waverly Rd to Wilmot Creek on the Waterfront trail and concluding with that great Durham pavement on the final 20 kms as we make our way back up to Orono from the Newcastle waterfront.

Our after ride picnic will be held in the warmth of the sun shining down on Orono park. Be sure to bring your comfy chair, a yummy lunch, your favorite beverage and maybe a warm winter coat in case that sun isn’t as warm as we hope.

Hoping to see you all in Orono and a reminder, especially with the recent climb in the COVID-19 stats, that we must all continue that we must all continue following standard social distancing rules.

Download the maps here:

Long route (61 km)

Short route (41km)

And here are links to park and to GPS map options.

Orono Park – location

https://www.clarington.net/en/be-active/orono-park-pool.asp

GPS map for long route – 61kms / 355m

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/34355883

GPS map for Shorter route – 41kms / 225m

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/34373259

Riding from Bowmanville – Saturday, October 10

Doug and Joanne Barlow are going to be our Thanksgiving ride hosts this year! Here is the information from Joanne:

We will start ride Saturday October 10 @ 10am
St. Stephen Catholic Secondary School,
300 Scugog St Bowmanville. Doug will have maps.

There is a Convenience store, Fresh-Co, Mr Sub & a pizzaville, across the road if you don’t want to pack a lunch.

Riding from Warkworth – Tuesday, October 6

Barry and Lilianne are your hosts for Tuesday’s ride, starting at 10 from Percy Park in Warkworth. The address is Mill St. and Old Hastings Road, on Highway 29. We’ll ride the scenic Warkworth Wanderer, with options of 35 or 53 km.

Bring your picnic lunch and lawn chairs for an apres-ride social in the park.

Riding from Cobourg – Saturday, October 3

Marianne and Franco are your hosts this Saturday. Their invitation is below.

Two cutie pies!

We will warm up on our first chilly Saturday morning, by climbing North and East ! Ride starts at 10 am.

We will do what we refer to as the Corner Store Ride, to Centreton, Castleton, Vernonville and back home.

BYOLunch!

Maps will be provided.

There will be shorter options as well of course !

Riding from Garden Hill – Tuesday, September 29

Sue and Marshall will be leading us on this Tuesday’s ride.

They are inviting you to meet them at the Garden Hill Conservation Park on County Road 9 in Garden Hill at 10:00 and join them on a fun and safe 9 kms descent down County Road 10 from Perrytown to Canton followed by a few twists and turns (and maybe a few hills) over to Newtonville and back to Garden Hill for an end of ride social in the park.

Here’s a map (both paper and electronic) for this amazing 56 K fall ride. Lots of opportunity to shorten the route if need be.

Wednesday rain date also planned if Mother Nature doesn’t cooperate on Tuesday.

Riding from Cobourg – Saturday, September 26

Jen and TJ are hosting this Saturday’s ride starting at 10:00 am from their home.

We will follow The Miller’s Route which has 59 and 42 km options.

Bring refreshments and chairs for our apres ride social.

A special message from Katherine, your Friday Ride Coordinator

Hi all of you Crazy Awesome GFWers……

I am looking for 4 ride hosts and / or idea people to complete the cycling season. Franco and Marianne have committed to 2 of the 6 remaining.

The light conditions and the 🥶, would suggest that the rides be held during day.

So if you have an idea for a ride that can accommodate a bunch of your good friends outside somewhere where they bring everything they need for their personal enjoyment, please throw it at me.

Rides are for ROAD rides only. As much fun as it is to bash through the forest or across fields, our mandate and insurance says otherwise!

And the answer to the BIG question is, nope. I’m not hosting Thanksgiving, so if anyone wants to host a turkey shaped ride ex Precious Corners, here is YOUR perfect opportunity!!!!”

Thank you!!!

Riding from Brighton – Tuesday, September 22

Lilianne and Barry are hosting this Tuesday’s ride from Brighton.

Meet at 10am at the Proctor Park Conservation Area. From Highway 2, turn North at the Beer Store onto Kingsley Avenue upto the park gate. Note: Just past the gate, watch for a significant pothole.

The route is First Half Flat with distances of 56 or 44 kilometres. Picnic lunch in the park after.

See you Tuesday,

Riding from Cobourg – Friday, September 18

Friday’s ride will start at the home of John and Barb Spencer at 4:30. Invitation is below. Address and directions are on the Member Directory.

The route will be Twice in Grafton 52 or 44 km with lots of opportunities for shorter rides if anyone prefers.

We have lots of space for parking and for one of our fabulous after ride socially distanced bring-your-own chair and picnic circle get-together.

Even though we are starting the rides at 4:30, sunsets are coming earlier so please use your bike lights. We are hoping to have a fire but it is getting cool at nights so dig out those warm clothes (some of us envied Jen and TJ’s wooly hats last week).

We should be back by 6:30 so, members, even if you choose not to ride, please join us for ‘afters’ to experience the new ‘good friends/good food’ Freewheelers way.

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