Rural Road Rambling (Mostly but not exclusive to Southwest Ontario)

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by B10Dave, Jul 26, 2020.

  1. B10Dave

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    St Mary's is also called "Stonetown" because of the extensive use of local quarried limestone in the construction of many buildings, houses,bridges and rail road viaducts. This newly restored building is just past the town entrance sign.

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    And just beyond it is the St Mary's recreation area. This consists of two worked out quarries, the curling rink, some tennis courts and some park area. The west quarry has been used for a swimming place since it was closed and the local service club has made a nice facility there along with the other amenities.

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    Further into town more of the stone architecture is evident in the buildings.

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    We stopped at the bridge on Queen St. (Rd. 139) to look up the river, over the dam and on up to the old CNR/Grand Trunk rail viaduct which is now part of a rail trail.

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    We went further east in town to get pics of the other (active) rail viaduct and the ViaRail passenger station.

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    The above pictured viaduct begins about 100 ft. to the right of the station in the pic.

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    We left St Mary's on Queen St E. (Perth Rd. 9) out to the roundabout at Hwy 7 and took 7 over to Stratford. Took some pics at the station in Stratford of the rail yard, station and some of the Goderich & Exeter power and rolling stock. This station is the other one mentioned in a previous post, where a young Thomas Edison was a telegrapher for a few months. It was built by the Grand Trunk Railroad which was later incorporated into the Canadian National RR. It is still an active passenger station for ViaRail.

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    From the station we went a few hundred yards down the track to the YMCA parking lot and got a mural picture.

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    And then next door to the Municipal parking lot which abuts the old crumbling remains of the once very active Grand Trunck/CNR locomotive manufacturing and repair shops which closed in the early 60's. Too bad that nobody had the foresight to preserve this historical industrial complex when it still could be saved.

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  4. B10Dave

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    We rode out of Stratford to the Embro Rd. south (Perth 113) through the hamlets of Fairview and Brooksdale and down to Embro where we stopped at the well kept cemetery and the monument to the Zorra Township tug of war team which took on and beat all comers for the world championship at the Chicago World's Fair in 1893.

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    We continued south on Embro Rd. through Embro Village and down to Cody's Corners where we stopped at the monument there. It commemorates several generations of the Cody family; an evangelical preacher of some note and a famous, to my generation, high performance speedboat pilot.

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    From here we rode south to the hamlet of Foldens, east to Plank Rd. (Hwy 19) south to Salford where we turned onto Dereham Line south to Mt Elgin Road where we went west to Verschoyle. At Verschoyle we turned south again down to Prouse Rd which we took west to Avon and over to Imperial Rd (Hwy 73). We crossed Imperial Rd and continued to Dorchester Rd. where we turned south to my place. After a couple of beers and some conversation, Maurice left to ride back home to Dorchester. All in all a good riding day and about 170 kms/106 miles were covered. Hope to get out again on Tuesday coming when the weather guessers are promising temps in the low 70;s. Thanks for tagging along....Dave.
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    Definitely time to get out and ride with spring in the air...

    That was a nice day ramble Dave...
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  6. B10Dave

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    I bought a factory stock seat for my R50/5 from a guy in British Columbia. Today I installed it to replace the factory "low" seat the bike came with. First owner was a vertically challenged lady; hence the low seat from new.

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    Also; the mailman dropped off a package from Israel today that I have been waiting for since March 24th. I bought a mesh seat cover from a company called Sit n Fly for my Royal Enfield twin. Retailers in the U.S. want crazy prices for these covers and stupid shipping charges to Canada. The Israeli seller charged me half what the cheapest U.S. retailer wanted and this included free shipping in the price. I could have bought one on Amazon or E Bay for a lot less but I refuse to deal with Chinese retailers while their government holds two Canadian citizens hostage.

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  7. B10Dave

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    Yesterday was shaping up to be a dandy so my riding buddy Maurice and I made plans to get out on our R.E. twins. Before I could go anywhere I had to go into Aylmer to fill up the fuel tank.

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    Maurice was just pulling into my driveway as I got home so it wasn't long before we were northbound on Dorchester Rd. Lyons Line took us east; to and through Lyons and over to Putnam Rd where we went north again.

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    Putnam Rd. took us to the hamlet of Avon where we didn't hang around as it was rather ripe smelling at the time.

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    Avon Drive goes straight east over to Culloden Rd. Just before that is Spring Lake RV Park. It is built around a disused gravel pit which stays full of water because it is spring fed. When I was a young lad we used to get a ride out here with a neighbour's daughter who was old enough to borrow the family station wagon and take us younger folk for an afternoon of swimming.

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    At that time it was just a worked out gravel pit with nothing but fields around it.

    North on Culloden Rd. brought us to the village of Verschoyle where we turned right to go east on Salford Rd.

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    Salford Rd goes past the Ontario Southland RR maintenance facility and crosses Plank Line (Hwy 19) at Salford.

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    We stayed on Salford Rd. untill it joined Hwy 59 at Holbrook.

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    Hwy 59 goes east at this point, through Burgessville and turns south for Norwich in a couple of miles.

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    At the point where the highway turns south we continued east on New Durham Rd. over to New Durham and on to and through Harley.
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    New Durham Rd. becomes Harley Rd. and we stayed on it untill the junction of Hwy. 53 where we turned right to go into Burford for our first stop of the day. I wanted to check out some pallet racking that was in an auction sale today. Didn't buy any as the prices went stupid high. Seems like steel pallet racking is made of pure gold at the present time.

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    We left Burford on Hwy. 53 east and after going through the hamlets of Bishopsgate and Mt. Vernon we turned left on Cleaver Rd. which took us up to Bethel Rd. where we turned east again over to Hwy 24/Rest Acres Rd. that took us into Paris for our lunch stop at Fry Days.

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    After lunch the plan was to go to Cambridge for a brewery stop. We took East River Rd. north from Paris, through Glen Morris and up to where it joined Hwy. 24 to get us into Cambridge.

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    After threading our way through most of Cambridge we stopped on Laurel St. at Wavemaker Brewery and Distillery where I got half a dozen beers and two more glasses for my collection.

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    We left Cambridge on Fountain St. south which fed us onto Dickie Settlement Rd. at a new roundabout. This road lead us to Roseville Rd. where a right turn took us to and through Roseville and on to Trussler Rd.

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    South on Trussler brought us to Drumbo Rd. (Oxford Rd. 29) which we took into and through Drumbo and on to Innerkip.

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    Oxford 29 turns into Oxford 4 in Innerkip and this took us down to the north side of Woodstock where we took Oxford 17 west to skirt the new development in the north end of town. This road goes through the Hamlet of Golspie and also through Cody's Corners where it turns into Rd. 74
    which goes over to Hwy 19. where we turned south to Thamesford.

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    At Thamesford we turned south on the 15th Line to Gore Rd. over to Richmond St. and down into Dorchester.

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    I stopped at Maurice's hose for a couple of these.

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    After I left Moe's I went south on Dorchester Rd. through Gladstone and Crossley-Hunter and on to home.

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    A good day out with nice roads, excellent weather and 250 km. (150miles) on the odometer and a tank of gas gone through. Thanks for coming along on our Ramble. Hope you enjoyed it....Dave
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    Good to see you out and about...

    I was reading in trip planning that Covid cases are on the uptick in your neck of the woods... then I read updates from CTV News Toronto to see what was up...

    Tryin' to keep current on the border status and looks like no opening anytime soon... :(

    Stay safe up there...

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    Yes Rudy, things are a bit grim here right now. However there are large shipments of several vaccines due during the next few weeks and hopefully as more get vaccinated it will peak and go down again. Health officials are saying that all adults over 18 in Ontario will qualify for vaccination by the end of May. I have had the first Pfizer shot and hope the second will come in a timely manner with more shipments anticipated. Also watching the border but I think 2021 will be a washout as far as surface travel is concerned. You also stay safe down there......

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    For some reason, I'm craving hot dogs and fries right now lol.
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    Actually a sausage and fries Admiral. Sharon ; who operates Fry Days, six days a week by herself, has great food at reasonable prices. We stop here whenever Paris is on the dance card for that day.
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    @TheAdmiral wasn't the only one eyeing that tube steak. I looked at that and thought of how we used to boils bratwurst in a mixture of beer and onions, finish them off on the grill, put em in a bun or roll and then smother with onions - condiments (e.g., mustard, horseradish sauce, etc.) optional. Goes good with a cold beer or two.
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    May 14th. Weather good, check; bike ready, check; to do list (mostly) up to date, check; Time to ride? Yessssssss!!!!!!. I left home today on the R.E. and headed into Aylmer for fuel.
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    After getting fuel I continued south through Aylmer, down past the new Malahide South firehall and into Copenhagen where I turned east onto Nova Scotia Line.

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    This road takes you past some of the Erie Shores wind farm complex. And also past the Can Am pepper growers and packers facility. When I was a young man this land held McConnel Nurseries, which at the time was one of the biggest growers of rose bushes in North America. They shipped rose bushes all over the world. Now the land grows sweet peppers for sale at grocery stores all over Ontario. The lower sliver of blue in the next picture is Lake Erie.

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    Next pic shows two houses on the same farm. One from the late 1800's and the other from the early 1900's. Both have been well maintained and you can see where dormers have been added to the attic of the older home to give more usable space.

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    Just beyond these houses I cross the line between my township of Malahide and into Bayham which is the eastern most township in Elgin County.

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    Soon after that I rode into Port Burwell and down to the harbour to Martin's Fish Market where i bought 13 yellow perch fillets and 2 nice big pickerel fillets. They have their own fishing tug ( a fairly unique style of boat mostly found on the north side of Lake Erie) so the catch is always fresh.

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    Across the Big Otter Creek is the resting place of HMCS Ojibwa a Canadian Navy cold war era submarine that is open for tours.

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    I leave Port Burwell heading north on Plank Line (Hwy 19) and go to Glen Erie Line east. You have to do this to bypass the closed section of Lakeshore line that is east of Burwell. Erosion from the lake has made the road hazardous to traffic so it has been permanently closed between Stafford Rd. and Cty. Rd 55 which is the Elgin/Norfolk dividing line.

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    Where Cty. 55 rejoins Lakeshore Line there is a large asparagus field which is ready to start picking but the migrant labourors are just finishing their quarantine period after travelling up her from various Caribbean Countries. They will start picking on this farm tomorrow.

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    Immediately east of this intersection you enter Norfolk Cty.

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    A short ways further on I stopped at the Hemlock Cemetery. One of the people buried there was a veteran of the war of 1812.

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    Next picture is on another farm where asparagus is being picked by workers who have finished their quarantine period. Local low German speaking Mennonites and migrant workers from the Caribbean make up the vast majority of farm labour in this area.

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    Lakeshore Rd. has quite a few cemeteries and I stopped at most of them. The Alton/Jacksonburg Cemetery sits between the road and the Sand Hills trailer resort. Directly west and beside the cemetery is a wind farm interpretation centre.

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    Less than a mile farther east I stopped at the Clear Creek Cemetery. This one has burials of War of 1812 veterans and some United Empire Loyalists who moved here from the USA after the War of Independence. These people remained loyal to Britain so they left and came north to Canada.

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    It's after midnight so I will continue this report some time tomorrow........
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    Okay; where were we. Just down the road from the cemetery is the "Historic" village of Clear Creek. There is little left here except the store and a couple of houses.

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    Beyond Clear Creek is the Houghton Baptist Church which is celebrating 180 years of worship this year.

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    The Lakeshore Road is part of the "Waterfront Trail" which runs along the north shore of Lake Erie and presents a pleasant undulating and sometimes quite curvy ride. In my opinion the best section for an afternoon ride is from Port Burwell over to Port Dover. It is also part of the "Toast the Coast Trail" and there are several wineries and 2 breweries on or close to the this route.

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    It is easy to see what was the inspiration for the house in the next pic.

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    As you go farther east you enter an area known as the Long Point Biosphere Reserve. This area encompasses Long Point itself; (google it. too much info to include here) and a large area of marshes and wetlands that have a very diverse population of birds, reptiles, mammals and fish.One such area is the Hahn Marsh in the Big Creek watershed. It is an active hunting marsh in the fall for migratory waterfowl. Today the only birds to see were two families of Canada geese.

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    The next waterfowl area was developed by a private individual named Lee Brown and then donated to the Long Point Region Conservation Authority.

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