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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    I turned right on Imperial Rd. and went south to Jamestown Line where I went west to go into Port Bruce the back way on curvy road.

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    I left Port Bruce and went north on Imperial Rd. through Copenhagen and back past where I had earlier turned onto Jamestown Rd. I then turned east on Calton Line and stopped at the Dunboyne Cemetery and church which is now a private residence.

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    A bit farther along there were lilacs in bloom and their scent was heavy in the air.

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    I went through Mount Salem and on to Calton where I turned left onto Richmond Rd. and stopped at the Calton Cemetery.

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    Richmond Rd. from here to Richmond has some nice curves and hills and two bridges. They were both redecked a couple of yeas ago. The south bridge got a concrete deck again but the county cheaped out on the north bridge and went with a metal grate deck. This has proved very hazardous to bicyclists in particular at all times and other vehicles when it is wet.

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    In Richmond I turned right onto Heritage Line, (Cty Rd 38 and went east to Culloden Rd. where I turned north.

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    I passed through the hamlet of North Hall where the shade cloth has been installed over the ginsing crop,and turned left in Corinth onto Best Line.

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    I took Best Line over to Springerhill Rd. where I went south to College Line where I went west again through an Amish settlement and over to Dorchester Rd. where I went north to home.

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    A pleasant 2 hours on the BSA and a chance to blow the cobwebs off it with it's first ramble of the season. Thanks for coming along. Hope you enjoyed the tour....Dave
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    Brian; it cruises quite comfortably in the 50 to 60 mph. range and then gets a little too much vibration for me. It probably tops out in the 75 to 80 mph range.
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    Beautiful roads and ride! :thumb
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    This reminds me of where I grew up...but not where I live now! :D

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    That field has been worked and soy beans planted now Admiral.In a couple of weeks it will be all green.
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    I used to "walk" the bean fields with my grandpa. Walking the bean fields was weeding it with a machete or long knife. I thought it was pretty grueling in the July heat. I got to drink water when grandpa drank water and that wasn't too often. He ran the farm with an iron fist. Probably one of the reasons I turned out ok as an adult!
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  9. B10Dave

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    Today was the Royal Enfield's turn for a ramble. Weather was perfect in the high 70's so I left home in the early afternoon and headed south to Aylmer for fuel. At the gas station there was a gent filling up a 1964 Fairlane, 289 C.I. with a 4 spd. stick. He said he has owned it for 48 years. South of town there was an IHC Cub for sale at the side of the road. Nicely restored.

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    After looking at the tractor I headed west on Sparta Rd. Rest of the pics in this post are from that road.

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    Next 8 pics are also of Sparta Rd. heading towards the Village of Sparta.

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    Next pic is looking back up the hill I came down to approach the bridge and the one after that is the road continuing on past the bridge towards Sparta.

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    I took a few pics in the Village of Sparta and then continued west to the village of Union and beyond to pass by the St Thomas Golf & Country club. I'll explain more about the road closure sign shortly.

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    After you pass the golf course the road gets hilly and curvy for about 3 kilometers. It crosses the Port Stanley Terminal Rail tourist train tracks and continues til you reach a point where you can turn right and cross an old iron bridge to get to Union Rd. to go to Port Stanley one way or you can continue straight onto Roberts Line and go to Hwy 4 which takes you to St Thomas or Port Stanley. I knew the road was closed at the bridge because the County is removing the old bridge and replacing it with the temporary one from Port Bruce as I explained in an earlier post. I rode down to where the road was closed.

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    After I reached the road closure I retraced my route back to Hwy 4 and went south to Roberts Line to come in from the other side of the construction.

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    DeBackere's were planting some kind of vegetable through the plastic strips laid in their field.

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    Roberts Line crosses the PSTR tracks about 1/2 a mile south of the bridge on Sparta Rd.

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    After crossing the tracks I continued on til I got to the road closure.

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    The lens compression when zooming out is deceiving. The trestle over the creek in the previous pic is actually about 200 ft. long.

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    When you look up the creek now this is what you see.

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    A few days ago you would have seen this bridge in a side view.

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    All that is left today are the abutments.

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    I talked with the excavator operator who was nice enough to allow me to take pictures, about the time line for moving in the replacement bridge and asked about the old bridge removal. He said they had two big demolition excavators in with shears on the end of the booms. They cut the old bridge free at both ends; set it on barges in the creek and proceeded to cut it to pieces and then load it on to trucks to take it away for scrap. He thought when they started it would take a full day to remove the old bridge. Nope. Four hours....start to finish; usable bridge to gone completely.
    Next pic is the temporary bridge that the County bought to use while the collapsed bridge in Port Bruce was replaced. It will be moved and become the permanent replacement for this one that was removed.

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    Continued....Tomorrow...I have lots more pics from today's ramble..........Dave
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    When I left the construction site I went back up Roberts Line to Hwy 4 and turned right towards Port Stanley. I was greeted with this sign.

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    Here in Ontario we are under a stay at home advisory until June 2nd. Although more are getting vaccinated and the covid numbers are still falling the government is trying to have a gradual reopening of the economy without creating a 4th wave of infections. The beach has been open for walking and other exercise but not for group gatherings and sunbathing etc. That will change on June 2nd. but this coming weekend is our May 24th holiday and the Central Elgin Council has closed the beach parking to discourage crowds on the holiday as we are experiencing warmer than normal temps. Time will tell if this approach works. I went into Port Stanley and turned right at the first intersection to cross the creek and exit town on the Lake Road.

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    I know for you southern folks your red buds are done here they are at peak bloom.

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    I rode west on Lake Line for several kilometers and eventually it turns to gravel.

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    After several kilometers of gravel and a cemetery stop I came to the pavement of Fingal Line where I turned left and stopped at St. Stephens Church.

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    After the church stop I continued west for a bit on Fingal Line and then turned left back onto Lake Line and some more gravel for 4 kilometers.

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    The trees that still appear bare are not dead. They are black walnut which are late to leaf out in the spring.

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    The road becomes paved again just before you get to St. Peter's Church Cemetery which has been in continuous service since 1825 with active burials still ongoing.

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    The cemetery is across the road from the church. It has several burials of people influential in the early development of this area of Ontario; the most famous being Col. Thomas Talbot who oversaw surveying most of Elgin County and was instrumental in getting immigrants from England and Scotland to settle what was at that time called "the Talbot Tract"

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    Just west of the church is the Backus-Page House Museum and living history site. Closed at the moment from covid but poised to reopen next month.

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    About 100 yds. west of the museum I turned north to go to Wallacetown where I turned east on Hwy. 3 to head for home.

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    On hwy. 3 I passed through the villages and hamlets of Iona, Shedden, Frome, Paynes Mills and Talbotville.

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