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

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

  1. B10Dave

    B10Dave Long timer

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    Not long after leaving the waterfowl area I passed two interesting abandoned houses. One brick and one board and batten.

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    The next hamlet is Port Royal where there is another United Empire Loyalist cemetery and also several veterans of the War of 1812 are buried there. The cemetery is down a lane north of the road but at the present time the main gate is locked so I didn't get to hike in to take a look.

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    East of Port Royal I rode into Port Rowan where I took a couple of pictures of the pleasure boat harbour. It is not very active yet but lots of boats will be launched here in the next couple of weeks.

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    The harbour is on what is known locally as the "Inner Bay" and the trees you can see across the water are on Long Point itself.

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  2. B10Dave

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    In Port Rowan I took some road and church pictures and went to Uncle's Drive Through for a dog and onion rings for lunch. At the one church birds are invited to worship as well.

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    The next three pics show a view out over the inner bay; a navigational aide out in the bay and the last is of Turkey Point across the inner bay from Port Rowan.

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  3. B10Dave

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    I exited Port Rowan still heading east, on Wolven Street which becomes Front Rd. I went to Cty.Rd. 16 where a quick left and immediate right kept me on Front Rd. over to Booth's Harbour and a bit beyond. The pics show the road, some ice fishing huts at there summer storage site and the view out over the marsh area north of Turkey Point and south of Front Rd. This area has some of the best bass fishing and waterfowl hunting in all of southern Ontario. On the map pic you can see the extent of Long Point itself and the size of the Inner and Outer bay areas. The little yellow arrow on the map is where I took the marsh pics from.

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    I then back tracked to Cty.Rd. 16 to go into the village of St. Williams where I took a pic of the old United Church building.

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  4. B10Dave

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    From St. Williams I headed west on Cty. Rd. 42 and then a slight jog onto Concession Rd. 2. I was headed for the Backus Mill Conservation Area to get some pictures of the mill building but found the area temporarily closed because of the damn virus. I did stop for some pictures at another Cemetery that has burials of an 1812 war veteran and some United Empire Loyalists. It was my lucky day! As I was getting back on the bike I glanced down and found a "loony" and a 'twonie" laying in the gravel beside my bike.

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    I continued west on Concession 2 untill I came to Hwy. 59 where I turned right to go north. At the next sideroad I made a quick detour to see the plaque commemorating the Wild Turkey Release in 1984. Turkey had been hunted to extinction in southern Ontario back in the late 1800's. In 1984 they were reintroduced to the area with stock from Pennsylvania that we traded some other wildlife for. The reintroduction has been successful beyond expectation and the birds have flourished to the point there are hunting seasons in the spring and fall for them.

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    I then continued north on Hwy. 59 through Walsingham, Langton, Andy's Corner and South Middleton and passed by Gopher Dunes.

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  5. B10Dave

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    Gopher Dunes is a privately operated park consisting of a motocross track; a cyclecross track and trails through the woods for atv's and motorcycles. It is a very successful business and will be busy again after covid restrictions are relaxed in a few weeks. You can see a couple of kids having fun on the cyclecross track.

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    I continued north until I got to Elgin Rd. 38 which I took into Courtland to go to the bakery.

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    Fronm Courtland I went west on Hwy 3 across the southern boundary of Tillsonburg to Bayham Rd. at Chesterman Power Products dealer where I turned north up to Pressy Road to go west again over to and through Springfield. Chestermans have a large building at the back of their property where they run indoor motocross races.

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    As I approached Imperial Rd. there was a tractor spreading fertilizer. You can see how dry it is here by his dust trail and how this affects the road as the dust blows across it.

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  6. B10Dave

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    After the dusty intersection I continued west to Kingsmill Corner where I turned north on Dorchester Rd. to home.

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    I took the fish and baked goods into the house and returned to the patio for a beer with my wife before I made supper out of the perch fillets, asparagus from the garden and oven fried potatoes. Dessert was the two chocolate eclairs from the bakery. All in all a very nice 110 mile/178 kilometer ride and day out on one of my bikes. Will try to get the BMW or BSA out for the next "ramble".

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    Thanks for tagging along. See you next time....Dave
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  7. chethro

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    BSA, BSA, BSA! :D
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    I'm envious of those country roads Dave... very nice nice indeed.

    I like the way you ended with a fish fry... :dukegirl :drink
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  9. B10Dave

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    Weather was very nice today. After I got a few chores out of the way I decided to go for a ride. Hmmmmm which bike to take? After chethro's not so subtle hint I guess there was only one choice.

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    I rode south from my place to the end of Dorchester Rd. where I went west on College Line to Springwater Rd. South on Springwater Rd. took me to and through Orwell; past the dam at Springwater Conservation Area; through the hamlet of Jaffa and on til I turned west on Pleasant Valley Rd. This is a nice hilly and curvy road that runs about 2 kms. over to Quaker Rd. where I turned left and rode into Sparta.

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  10. Chillis

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    I know I've commented on it before but I cannot get over how good that bike looks. Simple and clean lines. Even being a single just looks right IMO.

    What type of cruising speeds are comfortable with it?
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    In Sparta I turned left on Sparta Rd. and took it over to Imperial Rd. (Hwy 73) Again a nice curvy and hilly road for much of this stretch.

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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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  18. B10Dave

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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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  20. 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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