CYCLISTS LEARN FRENCH, OR NOT.
NAPOLEON GOES MISSING AT CAPE VINCENT FRENCH FESTIVAL
Thousand Islands Ride Report by Margaret Wild (Ride Date July 13, 2013)
In days gone by KVC (under former names) was primarily a road racing club, sponsoring the 'Kingston Classic' Road Race from the early 1970's. But there was always strong interest in touring, both as a vehicle for training and sheer enjoyment of Kingston's spectacular location amongst the 1000 Islands.
The KVC 1000 Islands Tour, at 124km long, is one such ride traversing four of these islands. Today, starting by Kingston ferry dock, we must concern ourselves with passports and insurance, but do have the benefit of improved roadways with well paved shoulders all the way. The route continues through Howe Island (optional) to Gananoque, then follows the 1000 Island Parkway to an obligatory walk over spans of the International Bridge on Hill and Wellesley Islands, providing unique opportunity to linger and enjoy the view!
The NY Visitor Center proved a welcome break before heading on 12E 'Seaway Trail' to lunch in Clayton. This year's ride was timed to arrive in Cape Vincent for its renowned French Festival. We missed Napoleon on his white charger, but captured much of the outstanding parade. A ferry ride had some heading home across Wolfe Island, while others stayed to enjoy dinner in the totally transformed Wolfe Island Grill.
Enjoying the view, or, maybe, just stopping for a break because walking the bridge in those cleats is just too uncomfortable? Joan, Rebekah, David, Margaret, and Aaron take in the scenery - with not a transport truck in sight. Phot by Robert Tolley
All in all, it was a most scenic, interesting and varied ride, which attracted interesting and varied participants. Robert led the challenge group accompanied by KVC stalwarts: Graham, Mike, Joan, and new member Vicki. His daughter Rebekah and son-in-law Aaron from Albany (triathletes both) looked us up on the web, decided this was a neat ride, and travelled up to join in. Margaret's moderate group started out with Jay our famed Lake Ontario swimmer (who did stay with us part of the way), and a new member, David. Dave first raced in 1948 in the UK, is now 82 years young, and set such a spanking pace that it's quite possible KVC has turned full circle!