RIDE REPORT BY KRISTINE MacLEOD
We met up at Grass Creek on a cool and cloud speckled Sunday morning. The weatherman said the outdoor temperature felt like a mere 2 degrees. Winds were expected to peak at 50kph. An optimist at heart, Mike wore his shorts anyway.
Five of us started out on the first leg of the ride heading up Joyceville Road leading us to 4th Concession where we flew, wind at our backs, all the way into Gan. While at the Socialist Pig, enjoying a tasty little bite to eat and a nice hot beverage, six more cyclists joined our group. By 10:45 we were riding along King Street headed for Rockport. Once again, wind at our back, we glided along the route and it felt that, in no time, we had arrived at our brunch destination.
The Islandview Restaurant was humming with tourists! We were happy to find shelter from the brisk winds. While not the best place to eat, the view of the St-Lawrence was pleasing to the eyes. We watched the whitecaps grow in size and knew we would soon have to head out and ride back to Gan.
Taking the trail that runs along the Parkway provided a little relief from the strong headwinds. We traveled in small groups and chatted as we pedaled. The sun came out and warmed our dark coloured cycling garments. I was glad to have put on sunscreen. One by one , we found ourselves back in Gan. Vicki, a guest cyclist, stopped for ice cream along the way; a cool yet well-deserved reward.
Andrew and I kept to the original plan which called for a couple of ferry rides to and from Howe Island. As we were about to board the first ferry, we were advised the one at the other end was out of order and so we took the very same route Mike, Robert T and Robert P had opted to take in the first place, Hwy 2 back to Grass Creek. The wind seemed to have increased in strength and without warning tried to blow us off the road a couple of times. What an exhilarating day! A challenging ride, not because of the set pace, but because of the wind.
A special thanks to Rosemary and Hal for their support. Great ride everyone!