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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    East of Talbotville I turned onto Ron McNeil Line to go across the north end of St Thomas; back into my township of Malahide; through Kingsmill Corner and home up Dorchester Rd.

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    I hear a lot of motorcyclists in my area complain about the flat topography and boring straight roads. I guess the don't ride the same roads I do. Thanks for coming along. Hope you enjoyed the trip.See you next time..............Dave
  2. napster

    napster Been here awhile Supporter

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    Nice photos. Expat here, I grew up in S. ON. (Streetsville). Moved to CALIF in '77. Been visiting Canada each summer for years, mostly to Nova Scotia. Looking forward to visiting my old country soon I hope.
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  3. Runaway Train

    Runaway Train The Left-Right Tourer

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    How have I never seen this thread? Bravo B10, your write ups and discipline to take pictures is commendable.
    I have been riding for 30 years, and this area is my home stomp. My favourite area to ride, because the roads are quiet and as scenic as your pictures show. I’ve almost ridden every road from Ellerbeck Road outside Wheatley to Harley road to Indian Line and all in between. Some of my favs are Heritage line and Carlton Line. MyGrandfather built a house in Straffordville in the early 90s and I missspent my late teens exploring this whole area.

    I have written many a travelogue in my head on these roads....only to forget where all I went as soon as I get home.
    we are certainly kindred spirits on these roads. I’m sure we have exchanged waves at some point.

    Cheers mate, good thread.
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  4. B10Dave

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    napster and Runaway Train.....thanks for taking the time to look through my thread and thank you especially for taking time to comment. Feedback from fellow inmates makes it worthwhile for me to continue to document my rambling....Dave
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  5. olddude53

    olddude53 Been here awhile

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    Great pics as usual, nice to see them... time for an R50 ride eh? Was down close to you on wed for a little loop ride. Over to Thamesford, down to Straffordville, Andys Corners then back east to home Glad you take pics because I dont
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  6. B10Dave

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    olddude53; did you have lunch at Andy's Drive In? Had the R50 out on Thursday. Went to Bayfield for lunch but didn't take a camera. I had a buddy with me then and I prefer to take pics when I ride alone. Although he doesn't complain if I stop for pictures I feel it is his ride as well and riding is what he likes to do. I will probably take it on my next ride as I filled it with fuel today in preparation.
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  7. olddude53

    olddude53 Been here awhile

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    No I didn't eat there this time.. Sine covid last year, I just take a lunch with me and eat wherever...
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  8. B10Dave

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    Sunday the 23rd. was a good day for a ride so I fired up the R50 and headed south on Dorchester Rd. At the T junction I went east to Rogers Rd and then south to Glen Colin Line where I went east again to and through the Amish Community along this road.

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    Most of the Amish farmsteads are neat and well kept and show pride of ownership without being garish about it. Quite a few also have a small retail outlet at the road to sell seasonal vegetables, eggs bedding plants etc. No Sunday sales of course.

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  9. B10Dave

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    At Springerhill Rd. I went south to Heritage Line (Cty. Rd.38) where I turned east to go to and through Richmond. The road east of here is a great road with sweeping curves and lots of elevation changes.

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    I made a quick photo stop at the Straffordville cemetery and then continued east through the village and on into Norfolk Cty.

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  10. B10Dave

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    I continued east to Mabees Corners where I went south on Mabees Sideroad to Bostwick Rd. I followed this road east until it becomes Hazen Rd.

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    At Norfolk Road 21 I went left, past ginseng fields with their shade cloth covers and over to Andy's Corners at Hwy. 59.

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    I went south on Hwy. 59 through Langton and Walsingham and turned east on Concession 2 towards St. Williams. I passed the Backus Conservation Area and Historic mill but it is still closed to day visitors til sometime in June.

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    At St. Williams I made a short jog south to turn east on Front Rd. and go to the overlook of the marshlands at Long Point Bay where I turned for home on last weeks ride.
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  11. B10Dave

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    From the observation point I continued east to Long Point Eco Adventures.

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    They have hiking and cycling trails, a rappel tower, ziplining, canopy tours and canoeing and kayaking in the marsh. There is also an observatory to look at the heavens at night. But more important to my stop it is also the site of Hometown Brewing where I picked up a six pack to take home. They have a bar and eating area there also but it won't fully reopen til sometime in June. The deck has a nice view of the marsh as well.

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    I continued east on Front Rd. to Normandale; site of one of the early bog iron furnaces in Ontario.

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    When you exit Normandale heading east there is a maple tree that was trained around a bicycle wheel when it was young and pliable and the wheel can still be seen embedded in the tree.
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    From Normandale I continued on to Fisher's Glen where I will leave this narrative for tonight.

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    To be continued....
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  12. olddude53

    olddude53 Been here awhile

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    NICE! Really like the pics of the R50.
    I wanted to buy either the bsa royal star or the R50 in 1970 but parents said a 500 was way to big for a first bike and $$$. At the time friends were on 90's to 175's. Ended up with the first new 1971 CB350 at the dealers.. Great choice and traveled all over ontario on it. Never did get a bmw
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  13. Chethro

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    The Beemer is lookin good! :thumb
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  14. B10Dave

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    I went down the hill into and through Fisher's Glen and around the tight hairpin turn at the village exit. From there I stayed on Front road over to and through Port Ryerse. I then went north on Port Ryerse Road up past the Hay Creek Conservation Area dam and pond.

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    I continued on Port Ryerse Rd. to St. John's Rd. where I turned west and over to the village of Walsh.

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    Hmmm, what's that growing in the field across the road? Hops. Must be a brewery close. Yup. Charloteville Brewery is just around the corner. I stopped there as well to get a six pack to take home. Glad my hard bags are roomy!

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    When I left the brewery I continued north but within a couple of concessions I could see rain pouring down on the road ahead. I turned around, went back one concession and went west again to skirt around the shower. This took me over to Forestry Farm Rd. where I went north on the new pavement to Silver Hill.

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    At Silver Hill I had to turn west again to avoid more rain so I went to Hazen Rd. and took it north once more.
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  16. B10Dave

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    Hazon Rd. becomes Bostwick Rd. and takes me back over Bell Mill Rd. to Maybee Sideroad and back up to Mabee's Corner.

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    At Mabee's Corner I turned west on Heritage line back through Guysborough, into Elgin County again and stopped for a picture at the Guysborough Cemetery. From there I just retraced my route back home.

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    Great day for a ride. Went just shy of 100 miles all together. Thanks for tagging along.......Dave
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    Sunday June 6th was HOT! Low 90's but a great day for a ride to Bayfield for an "Un official" Bayfield Old Bike Day. Stay at home order has been recinded but gatherings of more than 5 people are still not allowed. That will ease off later this week but the Ontario Government; having just barely started recovery from the Covid Virus "third wave" is being cautious about reopening the economy and is doing it in three stages so as to not have a reoccurance. With more and more people vaccinated this time should be the end of restrictions. Anyway, here are some pics of bikes in Bayfield and the brewery we stopped at on the way home.

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    No road pics this time as we went the shortest, fastest and most boring route to get to Bayfield and it was too hot to be stopping in the full sun for pics. Next time>>. See you on my next ramble.
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  18. B10Dave

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    Today I decided to go for a short ride to Port Bruce and Port Stanley to see what progress is being made on the new abutments and movement of the temporary bridge from Pt. Bruce to the Sparta line location I showed in a previous post. I left home and went south on Dorchester Rd to College Line where a left took me over to Rogers Rd. A right there sent me south to a short jog at Hwy. 3 and continued journey south on Rogers Rd.



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    Rogers Rd. is at the west end of Aylmer and goes south to connect with John Wise Line ( Cty. Rd. 45)

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    Corn crop is looking good.

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    There is a resting bench and garbage container for bicyclists who frequent these lightly traveled roads and the township has erected a sign to give a bit of history about this road.

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    This area of Elgin County is part of the "Great Sand Plain" of southern Ontario and tobacco was once king of the crops. Most tobacco farmers no longer produce tobacco and the sandy land now produces many different vegetable crops. Since every tobacco farm has an irrigation pond the pumps and piping now irrigate the veggie crops.

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    Continuing south on Rogers Rd. you find this field stone house at the corner of Catt Line.

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    And then you come to Pinecroft; a pottery/tea room/restaurant/bed & breakfast establishment that has been a popular destination since 1948. They have the main building and several cabins they rent out for the B&B.

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    Further south I passed migrant workers picking strawberries for the Howes family market garden operation.

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    Their store and greenhouses are around the corner on Cty. Rd. 45.

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    East on 45 brings me to Imperial Rd. where I turn right past the new Malahide South fire hall and go down through Copenhagen to Port Bruce.

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    Imperial Rd where it enters Port Bruce comes down a steep curving hill and then sweeps left over the new bridge. I turned after the new bridge to check the status of the temporary one. Nothing changed yet.

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    After checking the bridge I left Port Bruce on Rush Creek Line to head over to the sight where this bridge will be moved to and set in place permanently. Rush Creek Line is a nice curvy quiet road that brings me out to Jamestown Line where I go down the hill to the old iron Jamestown Line Bridge. It was one of the bridges in the running to be replaced with the temperary Pt. Bruce bridge but as it does not get the traffic the Sparta Line bridge gets it was passed over. Jamestown line is not maintained south of the bridge in the winter and I expect when this bridge needs more expensive repairs it will be closed permanently.

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