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 stopped for a couple of pictures at the bridge and them continued west on Jamestown Line. After it goes up a steep hill and a couple of curves it turns to gravel.

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    This barn has not seen livestock for many years.

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    At the intersection of Roberts Line I turn left and head west towards where the bridge will be placed at the intersection of Roberts Line, Sparta Line and Kettle Creek.

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    At the site where Roberts Line; Kettle Creek and Sparta Line come together they are preparing to pour new bridge abutments around and over the existing ones which are being left in place.

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    Since the road is closed I have to retrace my route back to Sunset Rd. (Hwy. 4) and head north towards St. Thomas. There were three buzzards feasting on a rotting corpse ( one flew away just as I took the pic) as I neared Hwy. 4.

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    On the way into St Thomas I went through the village of Union and then a little further on passed by the former Provincial Psychiatric Hospital. It was commandeered during the second world war to become a training school for ground crew for the various air forces of the Allies. It is now closed ( and has been used as a movie location shoot several times ) and was replaced with the new Provincial Forensic Psychiatric Facility built just to the north.

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    Once into St Thomas proper I went by Memorial Arena where I will be going tomorrow for my second dose of Pfizor vaccine for the covid 19 virus that we all wish would just disappear.

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    Next door to this building is the St Thomas Armoury which is the headquarters of the 31st. Combat Engineers Regiment. ( Known as the Elgin Regiment; this is the regiment both my grandfather and my dad's cousin served with in WW 2. My Dad served with the RCAF as a gunnery instructor.)

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    I left St. Thomas heading east via Edgeware Rd. over to Belmont Rd. and beyond to Springwater Rd. where I turned north to Kingsmill and on to Kingsmill Corner. I continued north to a "T" junction with Mapleton Line where I turned right and rode a couple of hundred yards and turned right on Dorchester Rd. and into my laneway.

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    Great day for a ride. Hope you enjoyed it. See you next time.......Dave
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    Today, July 5th. I pulled the R.E. twin out of the garage for a ride. At 2 pm it was 80 degrees in the shade inside the garage. Hotter outside. The soy beans in the field beside my driveway are looking good. They have had lots of heat and last Friday we got 3 1/2 in. of rain followed by another 2 1/2 in. on Saturday.

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    I went south through Aylmer with a stop to top up my fuel. At John Wise Line I turned west and went over to Jaffa and turned south on Springwater Rd.

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    Corn and beans looking good here as well and I expect there will be a combine in the wheat field within a week or so.

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    From Jaffa I went south and turned onto one of my favourite roads when I only have time for a short ride. Pleasant Valley Line has it all in a short 4 mile stretch. Hills, curves and a bridge over a creek make it interesting riding.

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    At the corner of Pleasant Valley Line and Quaker Rd. there was a landmark type house. No more!!!!! Someone from the city probably bought the property to build their dream home in the country. Wouldn't do to live in a 150 year old house don't you know!

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    I turned left and went to Sparta where I went right to go over to Union. The county was having the road milled and then relaid in place with new "binder" added to the millings as they were put back in place. A lot of roads around here get "recycled" this way. At Union I turned south on Stone Church Line and passed the building the road is named for.

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    At Roberts Line I went west to the site where the temporary bridge from Port Bruce will be moved to. The abutments are coming along well and the bridge should be moved later this month.

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    I retraced my route back past the PSTR tracks to Sunset Dr. and went south into Port Stanley.

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    The Port Stanley Terminal Railroad has reopened their tourist train operation for the first time in 18 months. The main beach in Port was busy today.

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    The rail yard and tracks through the bridge over Kettle Creek will now be busy again on the weekends.

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    The pleasure boats have all the marina dock space taken and on the commercial side of the harbour there are as many as 10 fish tugs calling Port Stanley home. Also today the two masted sloop "Playfair" out of Hamilton was docked in Port.

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    The beach on the east side of the harbour, known as Little Beach was also busy today.

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    I left Port Stanley on the Dexter Line and headed over towards Port Bruce. On the way I stopped for my first sweet corn of the season at a roadside stand.

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    In Port Bruce I went to the renovated pier at the mouth of Catfish Creek to check out the fishers and the wave action against the pier.

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    The beach in Port Bruce is a Provincial day use park and is usually busy on weekends but not on this fine Monday. It is not as sandy as Port Stanley but that doesn't seem to deter the sun seekers.

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    View attachment 3064623 It was very hazy over Lake Erie today and the water was restless because of an onshore breeze.

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    There is constant erosion along most of the Lake Erie north shore and some of the road between Port Stanley and Port Bruce was moved several hundred feet north a few years ago to prevent it's eventual demise to the constant wave action erosion taking place. There is a section of road further east past Port Burwell that is permanently closed because it is compromised by the erosion.

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    I left Port Bruce and went up through Copenhagon and turned east on the Calton Line. I stopped for a picture in front of the Dunboyne Church and Cemetery and then continued east through Mount Salem and on to Calton.

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    At the west edge of Calton there is a junk yard which has been the scene of several large fires over the past 10 or so years. Earlier this spring there was another one which hopefully has put them out of business permanently. There is only some charred scrap metal left this time. The volunteer fire fighters had a drone in the air during the fire to look for hot spots to direct the water to. It was up about 75 feet and exploding drums of some sort of volatile compounds were going straight up in the air and passing in front of the drones camera.

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    You can see an air compressor and lathe in the last picture. They must have been inside a shop of some sort. Before the fire the junk and used wood and other stuff was piled so high and densely that you could not even see a building from the road. I have been past this yard hundreds of times and did not know there was a building in it. Just before the main intersection in Calton there were migrant workers hoeing weeds in a cucumber crop.Farmers around here would be in big trouble without these Mexican and Carribean workers coming each year as the locals are not interested in doing the manual labour required to grow and harvest vegetables. I left Calton going north on the Richmond road. It is very curvy and hilly but I have posted pics of it many times before. This time I stopped only once at the first bridge to take 3 pics and then continued a most pleasant ride.

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    Those were the last pictures I took today and when I got to Richmond I turned left on Heritage Line and headed for the barn. Hope you enjoyed going along on today's ramble. Til the next time.........
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    Yesterday I met my riding partner Maurice at our usual spot on Dingman Dr. He was on his brand new Royal Enfield twin so now we have a pair.

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    We rode across the southern edge of London and picked up Longwoods Road in Lambeth. Longwoods Road took us through Delaware, Melbourne and Wardsville to Thamesville where we turned south across the Thames river.

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    As soon as we crossed the bridge we turned on Magnavilla Line for a short block and then made a right on River Line. A couple of hundred yards up this road it crosses the main CNR line between Toronto and Windsor. There is a railroad bridge immediately east of the road crossing so I stopped for a picture. I had crossed the tracks and got my camera out. I told Maurice that he might not want to park under the gate.

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    I had taken a look down the tracks and seen this coming.

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    They run locomotives on both ends of the passenger trains on this stretch because there is no easy place to turn the train for the return trip from Windsor.

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    River line is a nice curvy small road with no centre line which winds it's way down the river to Chatham.

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    At Chatham we turned north on Communication Rd./Prince Albert Rd. and then took McNaughton Ave. across the north end of the city to Hwy 40 which we took to Wallaceburg. In Wallaceburg we went west again towards the Walpole Island First Nations Territory. Just before that we stopped for lunch at the Big Chief drive in. This place has been in business since 1957.

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    We both ordered the Sunday burger special. This was a double bacon cheeseburger with fries; onion rings, deep fried mushrooms and coleslaw. No pictures as I was too busy eating. Excellent burger with fresh made patties. I will stop here again. From our lunch stop we turned north on the St. Clair Parkway which take us through Port Lambton, Sombra, and into Courtright where we stopped to stretch and use the little yellow plastic building in Waterfront Park.

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    The land you see on the other side of the river is the State of Michigan.

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    From Courtright we continued north on the parkway through Mooretown and Corunna and the Aamjiwnaang First Nation territory.

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    When we got to Churchill Rd. we went east across the top of the native territory to Indian Line where we turnd into the reserve to fill up with cheaper fuel. We then went north on Indian Line/road through the city of Sarnia and turned right on Lakeshore Road. This took us out through Bright's Grove, Camlachie, past Blue Point and Glendale Beach to west Ipperwash Rd. at the Kettle and Stony Point First Nations Territory. We went north towards Lake Huron and stopped at Sweet Bites for an ice cream. Mine was NOT the funny coloured one.

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    After the ice cream we returned back to Lakeshore Rd./Hwy 21 to continue along the lake through Ravenswood to Northville where we turned onto Hwy. 79 to go south through Thedford and on to Arkona.

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    My family on my Father's side has a long history in the Arkona area. His mother's whole family; Father, Mother and seven children were brought over from England so my great grandfather could run the power plant at the dam on the Ausable River. Nothing is left of this now as it was removed to allow fish to come up river to spawn. The powerplant had by then been replaced by Hydro Electric power from the large generators along the Niagara river. My grand and great grand parents on his father's side also lived in Arkona. The Arkona Cemetery is rife with my ancestors and relatives.

    We rode east on Townsend Line towards London where we went north of the city over to Thorndale and down to Dorchester to Maurices for a beer. Before Thorndale is a former farm which is now a gravel and sand extraction operation. The buildings are gone but all the old machinery that was in the drivesheds is now lawn art out near the road.


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    When I left Maurice's I went south on Dorchester Rd. through Gladstone where Greeve's were combining their first wheat field of the season.

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    South of Gladstone at Crossley-Hunter there is a 1964 Continental sitting beside the road. Not in too bad condition either.

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    After dodging the "free range" chickens in Crossley-Hunter I continued south to Home Sweet Home and parked in front of my shop beside the two bike trailer I just finished building this week.

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    It was a good day out and my mileage was 429KM/255ish M. Hope you enjoyed this ramble. See you again down the road.
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    Nice pics as always B. :thumb

    The Sit-n-Fly seat cover...is it made of cloth or a plastic type material? If it was touching a painted surface, do you think it would rub the paint off? I'm thinking of getting one for the TT, but I know it will be touching painted surfaces in spots.

    I think it looks good on your Enfield. :nod She sure is looking nice!
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    Chet; Sit & Fly is an Israeli company. Their seat covers are $27 U.S. to your mailbox. The product seems to be a good quality and it fit my seat perfectly. I like it because on hot days the air can circulate under your butt and if you leave the bike anywhere in the sun, although the seat itself gets hot the cover holds you above so you don't feel the heat. It appears to me to be some form of nylon..ish material. It is in contact with the paint on my tank and upper frame rails and so far does not seem to have marked it in any way. Only drawback as far as I am concerned..it took 4 weeks from ordering to delivery.That could have been the post office on his or my end. Who knows? Guy who runs the company is named Roey Azulai. He processed the order quickly; sent an emailed receipt immediately and emailed the tracking number as soon as he put it in the mail. I am glad I bought this cover. And just as a aside...I bought two because I knew my buddy Maurice was getting his R.E. so I let him ask all the questions when he saw my cover and then took one from my top box..tossed it to him and said "Merry Christmas"

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    I shouldn't take close up flash pictures of my dirty bike.
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    Today was the R50/5's turn.

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    I left home heading north at about 11:00 AM. Stopped for fuel at the Petro Can at Dorchester Rd. and the 401 Hwy. I continued on into Dorchester village and made some nostalgia stops. This is the house my parents had built for our family in the summer of 1957 and we moved in just before my 6th birthday. The garage and two bedroom addition was added in 1967. This was the second house built in Porters Subdivision and I watched all the other houses being built over the next year and a half.

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    Around the corner and half a mile west on Catherine St. is the house my wife and I bought in 1980. I had the shop built in 1983. The willow tree in the left of the picture was about 1 in. in diameter and 6 ft. tall when I planted it in 1981. The property slopes down to a little creek there and that tree is actually about 60 ft. tall.We moved from this house to a farm south of Dorchester in 1991.

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    From my old house I went north on Shaw Sideroad. It was a gravel road in 1957 when we moved to Dorchester. The building in the next picture was a brand new two room school which opened for the second school day of September 1957. On the first day we went to the old 1 room school around the corner. The original building is incorporated into the existing building. Originally flat roofed it is the part with the slightly sloping red metal roof and windows facing the road. This building is now a factory where rolls of steel sheet are made into steel roofing panels. Samples of their product can be seen on the little structure on the left in the picture.

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    I continued north to Hwy. 2 where I went east for a couple of hundred yards and then turned north again on Fairview Rd. to head up to the village of Thorndale. This village is in the middle of a building boom. A new subdivision and public school were built on the west end over a couple of year period and now there is construction of houses on the south and southwest ends of the village. Also the old community centre was replaced last year with the new one shown. And on the north east end of the village there is land being prepared for another subdivision. Topsoil is stripped and roads and services will be in place by later this summer

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    I continued north on Fairview up to Hwy 7. The last 2 mile stretch north of Plover Mills Rd. is gravel but I don't mind riding it when I am alone. Most of my riding friends won't ride gravel at all.

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    Cherry Grove is the only hamlet in this area I am aware of that is still only served by gravel roads entirely.

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    When I got to Hwy. 7 I turned west to go across the Thames River bridge and turn right on Whalen Line. This took me to Hwy.4 where I turned north to go to Exeter.

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    Since it is after midnight here I will leave the rest of this report until tomorrow.
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    In Exeter there is a power sports dealer. They carry the Argo line of go anywhere vehicles. Argo are now selling the Russian made "Sherp" vehicles. They literally go anywhere. They float and have a prop shaft and prop to help them move in the water. Only $167,000 per vehicle!!!!!!

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    I continued on up 4 Hwy. through Hensall to Brucefield where I went west towards Varna and Bayfield. At Varna they were combining wheat on the right side of the road and putting it in storage at Varna Grain on the other side of the road.

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    At Bayfield I stopped for lunch at the Woodland Drive-In. Nice spot with picnic tables out back. Food was just okay; not great.

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    From Bayfield I headed south on Hwy. 21 the Bluewater Hwy. towards Grand Bend. I made a stop at Bad Apple Brewing for a six pack to take home.

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    I continued south towards St. Joseph and Grand Bend.

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    Grand Bend is a seasonal beach town on the east shore of Lake Huron. Covid took a toll on their season last year but the beach is open again this year and the businesses seem to be bouncing back this year. It was busy on the main drag this Friday afternoon.

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    Traffic was too busy to stop for any pics other than the ones I took at the start and end of the 6 block main street. Parking lots were full and the beach was very busy. From Grand Bend I went south on Hwy. 81 to the Parkhill Conservation Area and dam. The parking lot conveniently had a little blue plastic building that my lunchtime soda had me needing.I took a few pics and had a nice hike and stretch here.

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