The May Four Trip: Day Four

Kinmount to Haliburton: 46km
Thursday, May 15, 2014
Cloudy and rainy. 20C

When we left the Kinmount House B&B after a delicious breakfast it was almost noon and hadn’t started raining yet. We picked up the trail heading north and it was in pretty good shape.

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Then the sandy patches started. It was grueling pedaling and at several points we came to a standstill. One of those times provided the perfect opportunity to save this tiny turtle.

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After his photo shoot I scooped him up and helped him across the trail.

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After a couple hours of pedaling we had hardly gotten anywhere so we decided to try riding on the road. It wasn’t long before we came across The Little Tart Bakery. Perfect timing. The road was obviously smoother, but the downside is…

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Hills…

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We finally arrived in Haliburton and stopped at the grocery store to plan our supper. There is a BBQ at the Green Cottage so salmon, chicken and sausage will be on the menu tonight.

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After shopping we made the final push. Off the highway it was only another 4km, but with more hills. Finally it was in sight. We made the final descent down the driveway.

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After our group shot we settled in and I even took a quick dip in the chilly lake. Now we are relaxing and reminiscing about our journey. Ross will be joining us tonight and Dad(Don) tomorrow for our ride home.

Hope you enjoyed following along and stay tuned for more bicycle adventures soon.

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The May Four Trip: Day 3

Fenelon Falls to Kinmount: 34km
Wednesday, May 14. 2014.
Cloudy, cool. Then sunny & hot. 24C

After having breakfast in our room we set off under cloudy skies. We felt a few drops of rain and had our rain gear handy. The trail heading north out of Fenelon Falls follows along the eastern shore of Lake Cameron and was picturesque. At the bridge over Burnt River we stopped to stretch our legs.

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It seemed like we were pedaling uphill all day and the trail had patches of soft sand every now and then. The combination of the two make for tough riding. We stopped several times to catch our breath.

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And also for others to catch up…

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We encountered several technically challenging obstacles today including some pretty deep puddles that we had to navigate around.

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As challenging as it was I still managed to steer with a camera in one hand.

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Eventually we arrived in Kinmount and went straight to the bakery/corner store for some tasty sweets including; ice cream, cookies, apple crumble and a variety of squares. After we replenished our energy, we split up. Rick and I went to the LCBO to pick up some beer and Mom and Vicki went up the hill to the B&B to get us checked in. The sun had come out by this point and the B&B is a lovely place with spacious grounds overlooking Kinmount.

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We sat around in the sun and in the screened in porch deciding how we would get to the Riverside Restaurant for dinner. It is located in Norland which is 16km from where we are. Initially we had planned to ride there, but we’re not sure if we would have the will to pedal back. After chatting with Patrick the proprietor of the B&B, he offered us a ride there and we invited him to join us for dinner. Perfect.

Just before we were set to leave Patrick, who was still busy with the satellite repair guy, suggested that we take his truck to the restaurant. We graciously accepted his offer and off we went.

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We arrived at the Riverside Restaurant right at six o’clock for our reservation and the place did not disappoint. The food was amazing. Really, really amazing. After dinner we could barely get into the truck let alone onto a bike so thankfully we didn’t ride there. It started raining and again we were thankful to be off the bikes.

We got back just in time for the hockey game, but Patrick informed us that the satellite guy was unsuccessful at fixing his dish and wouldn’t have a replacement until tomorrow. Ugh! So we ended up watching and listening to the game in a convoluted way, partly on the computer and partly on Vicki’s phone, with a twenty second delay. Nonetheless, the good guys won and it was that much closer to bedtime. Tomorrow we should be arriving at the Green Cottage although the forecast calls for some serious rain….

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The May Four Trip: Day Two

Lindsay to Fenelon Falls: 26km
Tuesday, May 13. 2014
Partly cloudy. 26C

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I think we all slept well in our cozy quarters and were up by nine o’clock. It looked like it may have rained overnight, but it was hard to tell. We planned on going into town to eat breakfast, but Vicki and I decided to ride to get some coffee first.

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We arrived back at the Grand for breakfast. It was just about noon by the time we got on the trail. With a relatively short ride planned for today it didn’t really matter that we were leaving a little late. We stopped to check out the map by the trailhead in Lindsay. There was a pretty cool information kiosk there.

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After a few rough spots on the trail we rolled into Fenelon Falls. We popped into the Station Gallery to ask which direction our motel was. They weren’t open for the season yet, but were busy getting set up for the summer season. Just up the road was our motel which comes with a gas station.

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We ate some leftovers for lunch in our room and then rode into the downtown to look around. There were a few shops that we looked in and checked out a few potential restaurants for dinner. Most if the restaurants were either closed today, didn’t exist anymore or not that appealing. We dropped in at the Fallsview for a beer and sat on the patio overlooking the roaring falls.

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We decided to get our supper from the grocery store and curry and salad were going to be the menu. We each carried a bag home on our bikes and then got everything ready with the help of our microwave.

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Dinner was great and with the dishes done we have our feet up watching the hockey game. Maybe you can see a routine forming?

The May Four Trip: Day One

Uxbridge to Lindsay: 51km
Monday, May 12, 2014
Sunny with building clouds. 25C

We are all very excited for this trip to the Green Cottage in Haliburton. My Mom, brother Rick, sister Vicki and myself have never pedaled together so this trip is extra special.

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After getting organized in the morning we loaded the bikes into the utility trailer. Dad drove us from Ajax to Uxbridge where we unloaded at the trailhead. We said goodbye and set off for Lindsay on the TransCanada Trail. One of our first sites on our route was a “Trail Closed” sign. The bridge is still barricaded, but we are able to roll our bikes over the toppled chain link fence. The trail was a little rough at first, but soon opened up to a wide crushed gravel highway. We stopped for our first break after riding almost 20km.

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A light lunch and then back on the bikes as rain clouds were building in the distance behind us. With four of us on the trail we are able to ride side by side at times and we got to switch back and forth with each other, sharing conversation as we ride.

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Rick’s chain came off suddenly and him and I stopped to take a look. Vicki and Mom were out of site in no time. The chain was stuck and it took us a few minutes to get it back on. I sent a text to Vicki to let them know that we would be catching up and soon enough we had.

We pushed hard towards Lindsay and arrived in town a little after 5pm. We went straight to our preferred motel only to see the dreaded sign “No Vacancy”.

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For no particular reason the motel is full. Plan B is to head to our other preferred location and we arrived there with light rain starting to fall. We decide to stay. We unload our things and freshen up before walking back into town to see what is for supper.

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Rick and Vicki found a nice spot called The Grand and we all enjoyed our meals. Despite being full we shared dessert too.

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It seemed like a long walk back to the motel, but it probably helped to settle our stomachs. All of us were eager to put our feet up in bed and watch the hockey game. One by one we drifted off to sleep. Tomorrow is a new day.