Collingwood, Ontario

Downhill into Meaford

Thursday 31 August 2006
Holiday Inn Express, Collingwood Ontario
73.13 km, 16.7 kph
4 hrs 20 mins, 9.30 – 4.00

The road from Owen Sound to Meaford is half rebuilt but with a narrow shoulder. 2nd part is poor. Cycling lobby in Ontario has not been very influential – road standards are for cars not for people. However that was the least of our troubles today. Nor were the huge hills the killer, it was our continuing comrade the very strong east wind, straight into our faces so that it took 2 hours to go 30 km.

We climbed up a long way, then crested over a hill to a spectacular view of the bay and the road down into Meaford. Very pretty ride through the fields and farms and early apple harvest. The Niagara escarpment showed itself with trees growing from the rocks and odd and interesting formations.

Lunch at Meaford by the river, then jumped onto the new Georgian trail (old rail line) all the way to Collingwood. We did try the road for a while but it was bad and way too dangerous – so instead had a beautiful ride down the old rail right of way, protected from the wind and not very busy. We pedaled around Collingwood, hoping for a motel by the lake, but none existed so staying at the rather predictable Holiday Inn Express.

Old mill on way to Collingwood

Niagara escarpment

Trees growing in rock cracks


About Olin and Suzanne
Olin and Suzanne's cycling trip, across Canada and around the world.

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