Looks like the Ride for Heart was another successful showing for BCC. For a few of us that missed RfH it was good day in the wind, and fortunately we missed the rain, or rather the rain missed us.
Ian and I had arranged to try to get in a longer ride. My day started with a text from Ian at 6:30 "are we on?" My reply was "let's get to grinder to see who is there", then then the heavens opened up. Phone call, change plans, we'll start at 7:30.
Lesson for me, look at BCC website before the ride, others had thought the same, and changed the start time to 8 (good call!)
As it was, Ian and I started off at 7:45 from my place, we went East to explore. Kingston E, Lawrence E, along the lake from the Guild to Rouge river, across the river, stay along the lake to Pickering, N on Liverpool, oops, it ends, double back to Finch, E to Brock, and up Brock to Claremont. A couple of old friends (hills on Brock), were just where I remembered them!
Brock wasn't very busy and probably would be fine for small groups of experienced riders as the shoulder is narrow. In any case, it was fun to go N on Brock, just like old times.
After Claremont, instead of continuing along Brock, we went East on Uxbridge-Pickering town line - this is a great rolly road, similar to Herald. Ian and I we smiling after finding this gem, which goes until it ends at Westney. Oops, Westney is gravel, well, we're on an adventure and to honor Alex S, we went N. The gravel was well packed and quite smooth, so no problemo! Westney offered a few long climbs, and became pavement after a few concessions, we stayed the course until Goodwood Road . W on Goodwood Rd, into the dragon's teeth - very WINDY, and you can guess where this road goes.
Coffee and treats at Annina's in Goodwood after about 70km of riding. Ian and I had just settled in, and in walked, Mike, Charles and Yossi, who had started at Grinder, at 8am.
They were planning to go straight back, but, after a little discussion, got sucked in to riding more North with Ian and I. I was happy with that, we were facing a big SW headwind home, so the more the merrier. Not that misery loves company, these are nice guys and great to ride with!
The adventure continues, North from Goodwood, on 2nd concession (it is a great road) all the way to Sandford (which becomes Herald), then W to Warden, and S on Warden home.
Going west on Herald was great, and Warden is smooth pavement until Unionville. Also Herald and Warden until south of Bloomington are tree lined, and so we got quite abit of protection from the wind.
Got to ride another old favourite, descending Warden south of Bloomington!
It was weird when Mike signalled a pothole on Warden near Unionville, I realised that was the first rough bit in about 70km!
Fun ride, great to explore a few different routes and kudos to Mike, Yossi for being game to continue on. Loved the expression from Mike, "today just became an un-intentional 100mile ride". Thanks for all the great pulls into the wind by all. And extra kudos to Ian for riding his cross bike with the 60psi tires. I think his distance today counts double!