Echo Beach Loop 28km
I did a little research for a ride convenient to our cottage rental at Diamond “In the Ruff” in Muskoka.
Diamond “in the Ruff” is located at 1137 Old Parry Sound Road, Utterson, Ontario.
Denise and I did this loop a few days earlier based on a map that was hanging in the cottage. Using the three finger scale method I estimated the ride to be 20km. In fact it ended up being 28km.
On a rainy Sunday morning August 22, 2o10 I rode this solo. I took a few pics along the way.
Learned a few things riding in the rain. First my Voyager bike bag is not waterproof … at all. I guess that’s why they provide a little rain cover. I put my iphone in the bag and when I stopped to snap a picture about an hour into the ride the phone was sitting in a puddle of water. The iphone is now dead but after some Google searches it seems there is a chance it might work again when it dries out. I’ll report on that later.
Second thing I learned was I’m going to invest in some gore-tex socks. My rain jacket kept me warm and comfortable. My bike shorts and legs were wet but warm and not uncomfortable. My shoes were SOAKED and the wet socks were rather uncomfortable.
From Wikipedia – Although Mark Gane was not aware of a real “Echo Beach” when he wrote the song in 1978, several people wrote to him asking if it was about a beach in their local area. However, Echo Beach, as mentioned in the song, does not refer to a real beach but is rather a symbolic notion of somewhere the narrator would rather be, somewhere ‘far away in time’. In reality, the song was created while Gane was working checking wallpaper for printing faults. He found the work rather dull and his mind drifted to times he would like to live over again. One such time was an evening spent at Sunnyside Beach on the shoreline of Lake Ontario in Toronto in summer.
Hit 55km / hr on this ride. That’s the fastest I’ve been so far on the “Bad Boy”.