Labor Day Ride – Carthew Bay

Finally Ralf and I have a day off together. I was working on the week-end, but had Monday the Labour Day holiday off. I had looked at the weather forecast and knew it was going to be a great day to go for a ride.

My mileage for this summer has been appalling – the lowest since records have been kept. This working really interferes with the cycling!! It has to change.

Because of my low mileage and shorter distances that I had ridden this summer, I was realistic in how far I could or should ride.

I decided that heading out on one of our favorite routes would be perfect – Carthew Bay and Oro-Medonte. It is relatively flat and a lovely route.

We headed out down the hill to Kempenfelt Bay, it was fairly busy with people enjoying the beach and the warm weather. We followed Kempenfelt Drive and then onto Ridge Road.

Road to Carthew Bay

Road to Carthew Bay

Oro-Medonte is one of our favorite areas to cycle and is very popular with other cyclists. The roads are fairly narrow but the speed limit is lower (supposedly). For the most part the car drivers are used to seeing cyclists on this road and are very patient and respectful. We saw a lot of cyclists out enjoying the day, everyone giving us a little wave and a big smile.

Lake Simcoe at Carthew Bay

Lake Simcoe at Carthew Bay

When we got to Carthew Bay, we stopped for an ice-cream and then headed home. On the return trip we usually hug the lakeshore as much as we can and check out the expensive houses along the Lakeshore to see how many are for sale at the end of the season. If we win the lottery this would be a nice place to buy.

Old Barn on Ridge Road

Old Barn on Ridge Road

Of course, our ride now always finishes with us coming up one of three hills. Although I have to cycle up the hill to get home and I have got better at it, Ralf is still a lot faster than I am. I told Ralf to go and he took of as if he hadn’t just finished cycling 70 kms. I puffed my way up the hill but still had a big grin on my face when I turned into the driveway of our condo block. It feels so good to be out on the bike. I really have to start planning the Grand Adventure Part Two

A lovely ride and great to ride with Ralf.

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