Well, my ride ended like this today, calling in the cavalry! How was Simcoe for everyone else?

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Comment by qb on August 26, 2012 at 8:40pm

My ride was excellent, tks to the strong pulls by the 6am group we were able to make Elgin mills by 6:54am - nice! I then worked with Paul and stefan up to Bethesda where I broke off to go to meet the watts up gang. Bethesda from Leslie reminded me of our Alex adventure with hard packed gravel and cobbles. At the next major intersection it turned paved and was a very quiet ride. 

Put in 186k today and was sacked at 165k. 

Comment by Steve J on August 26, 2012 at 10:00pm

That's the way to get rescued! I think that tops last week's adventure.  Glad you got home ok.

Comment by DRU on August 26, 2012 at 10:15pm

Thanks Steve! I hope you guys had a great ride! I appreciate you hanging out with me for a bit while I tried to figure things out. Just to add the story to the photo for everyone else: I flatted my tubular. The sidewall was cut and the can of "fix a flat" I had couldn't cope with the extent of it. No idea what I ran over, it must have happened sometime today because I went over the whole bike just yesterday! Anyway, my wife was out on her ride at the same time as us so I had to call in the cavalry. CAA sent their closest truck (from Keswick) and it just happened to be their 15000lb capacity flatbed. I waited for 20 minutes at most so that was a relief! Both the driver and I had a great laugh at the overkill given the situation! Things to note from this experience: Keep your CAA membership current. Tubulars are still proving to be more flat resistant by a ratio of about 1:8. Fix-a-flat works for punctures that aren't cuts longer than 5mm. Punctures always happen right after you talk about not getting them often. Stay safe out there!

Comment by Alexx Hooper on August 27, 2012 at 5:28am

That is a classic photo - hilarious. Glad you made it home OK, but too bad that you missed the ride. Had a great ride - we took it at a more social pace this week, and it was great - I got to see a lot more of the scenery than I did last week when I was just staring at the wheels ahead of me. The several kilometers of gravel on McCowan were a... surprise... from last week - It's sure gonna be nice when it's done though! Thanks to our group for a great ride, and congratulations to Lynne for coming out on her longest ride of the season and digging deep to hang on over the Kennedy Humps. Nice job! Thanks to Jeff and Peter for the great Marshalling. Great to have Bob and Maureen out on the ride too, and Kudos to Megan who rode warp-speed on her own and caught us at the break, then rode back with the group.

Comment by Paul van Dongen on August 27, 2012 at 8:09am

Your situation reminded me of helping out Steve Butler in Stouffville a couple of years ago. Indeed, that CAA membership can come in quite handy. Glad you got back alright.

That ride up to Lake Simcoe felt rather easy. No wonder. When we made the turn back for home, there was a nasty head wind to accompany us along the way. And remember those sporadic gravel patches between Ravenshoe and Mt. Albert last week? Well, in case you missed it, it was pretty much a full fledged gravel road the whole way this time. What doesn't kill you makes you stronger, and everyone made it thru with flying colours. McCowan will be a dream when the work's completed, but for the next few weeks…

So we persevered, and then decided to meet up for lunch at Main St. Unionville afterward, some still on bikes, some now in cars. Special congrats to Maureen for your longest ride to date, and Lynne for getting thru a pretty tough ride. Special thanks to Peter and Jeff, for dragging my sorry arse all the way back to the city. Hope all is now well with you, Albert.

Man, it was bloody hot out there!

Comment by Jeff N on August 27, 2012 at 9:57am

Dru, you get photo of the year!  And, I am going to carry my CAA card.

Mine was tale of three rides - met the group at Grinder for a quick trip to Leslie and Elgin Mills, fast bunch and working well to make the 29k in about 52minutes!  Connected with the Elgin Mills bunch and changed to a moderate pace with Albert, Arn, Alexx, Bob, Jon, Kevin, Lynne, me, Maureen, Melani, Paul, Peter.  The fast bunch went off ahead while we had lots of use of the Chat-o-meter to manage the speed, keep the group together.  Wonderful ride North to the snack bar,   Ride home, Meagan joined us and we had more of the same just a little slower working into the headwind.  Can't wait until McCowan is paved, it'll be wonderful! 

Nice break with our bunch in Unionville, then Paul, Peter and I  'enjoyed' the headwind, and the heat to make it home.  Thanks to Paul and Peter for the pulls (not just Paul, I think all three of us were in the sorry arse category).  Home for water, food, shower, nap.

Kudos to all our group, it was a nice day!

Comment by Peter Sutton on August 27, 2012 at 10:02am

I can sympathize DRU - couple of weeks ago on a Saturday ride I suffered a sidewall cut on my rear wheel while riding tubulars.  I was 30km from home but managed to affect a (very temporary and decidely unconventional) fix using an entire can of inflat-a-flat, some duct tape a passing mountain bike rider gave me, a PowerBar wrapper, and four (!) CO2 cartridges.  Unfortunately, 2km away from home I flatted my front wheel.  Walking in bike shoes sucks big time. 


Until yesterday, I didn't know that CAA also responded to bike problems - maybe time to look into a membership (especially given that I drive a 13 year old car - so far so good, but ...).


Anyway, glad you made it home.  You missed a pretty nice ride yesterday - Jeff Norman and I were part of the group leaving Grinder at 6:00am, and we had a quick run up (thanks, everyone!) to let us join our Lynne, Mel and others at Elgin Mills.  The moderate pace to Simcoe and back was a bit of a change from my normal ride, but sticking myself on the front into the headwind for 95% of the trip back was a pretty good workout too.  Jeff, Paul van Dongen, and I had a pretty quick ride back into the City after Unionville.


In the end, I put in 173km yesterday.  I'm feeling pretty good, despite the distance and all the time on the front - Lynne and I even rode our bikes when we went out for dinner last night!

Comment by Mel on August 27, 2012 at 2:40pm

Dru, I think you should be the poster child for CAA....what a great picture! 

You did not chose the most convenient spot to have a flat that couldn't be fixed...that's for sure.

Thanks for all for a great ride.  For my first full Simcoe ride, I was a little nervous, especially after being coached about no real coffee stop, bring extra kleenex or toilet paper for the porta-potty and a pile of not so nice hills for the trip back. However,  the company was great  and the ride not overtaxing in the end.  I felt pretty good afterwards for completing 117km.

Even the surprise gravel section wasn't too bad when you think about how spectacular the ride will be when it's all fixed up. Makes you really appreciate how smooth some of our bad roads really are. 

Comment by Jon Spira on August 27, 2012 at 9:35pm

Fun terrain, beautiful scenery and great company all combined for a super day out on the bike.  It was my first trip up to Simcoe and I'm glad I went.  The moderate pace also was just right for my first 100km+ ride since blowing up my knees at Rideau Lakes in June. (Look after your knees and do your stretching, folks, 'cause the rehab is long and slow if you do enough damage.)   I'm looking forward to seeing some asphalt on McCowan.  That piece of road is going to be a real treat once it's paved again.  Thanks to our whole group for a great ride.


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