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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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    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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    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
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    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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  14. Runaway Train

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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