Waterfront Trail – Paletta Mansion to Burlington Skyway 17k
When: Sunday Sept 5, 2010 @ 8:30AM
Where: Waterfront trail in Burlington at Walker’s line heading East around the Burlington horseshoe.
Terrain: Paved path along the lake, some unpaved path along the beach
Distance: 17 km
Duration: 1 hr
Meet: Paletta Lakefront Park Parking Area
Who: Drew, Denise
The weather forecast was for rain but it was blue sky when we awoke. It was pretty windy and a brisk 13 C. Plenty of parking at Paletta mansion. The parking is free and the parking lot is open from 7:00Am to 11:00Pm. There were only a few cars there when we arrived at 8:30. A quick unload and we were on our way. The Waterfront Trail bike path was about 50 feet from the car.
We began making our way East on a paved path that paralleled Lakeshore Road. The homes along this section are really nice. Many gated and large mansions. Unfortunately the homes separate the bike path from the lake views. You can see the lake between the homes. We passed a few small parks that would allow you to approach the lake if you chose to dismount the bikes and take a short walk down. We didn’t stop at the parks. We kept riding.
The condition of the bike path / side walk wasn’t the best. The path would alternate between pavement and sectioned concrete. The pavement was cracked and uneven in places and there was standing water in spots from the overnight rain. The path was narrow in sections. We passed joggers and walkers and chose to leave the path and ride along the road.
In a moment of indecision Denise couldn’t decide between path and road and she ended up hitting the curb and twisting her front wheel 180 degrees. She was tossed off her seat onto the frame and her crotch took a bit of damage. The brake caliper also took some damage as it was bent from the wheel being twisted so severely. Fortunately neither the brake nor the crotch damage was too serious and we were able to continue.
Soon we arrived at the Burlington Waterfront and saw a sign for the Beaver and Bulldog. I got very excited because this location had a terrific patio overlooking the lake.
Note to self: Return later for Tsunami wings overlooking the lake.
This picture was taken from the path with the lake just behind me. I should have snapped a picture of the view. But I’ll have to add that later when we go there to eat.
At this point the path widens and turns into a real bike path. It follows the Burlington Waterfront Park. This weekend was a Rib Fest and the park was gated off with the rib vendors all set up. We were there early so the gates were not yet open but you could see people getting ready for the day working the backs of the booths. And you could smell ribs cooking!
I stopped and took a picture of our destination – the Burlington Skyway bridge.
We continued on paved paths until we reached the bridge. The paths were nice and wide and in good shape. It was busier in this section with joggers and walkers. We even passed a few swimmers that must have just come out of the lake. The were strolling down the path with their wetsuits half on. Eventually we arrived at the bridges. It was about 35 minutes from the Paletta Mansion to this point.
I stopped to take a picture of my wife when we heard the sirens signaling the lifting bridge was about to be lifted.
The bridge was raised.
I ran over to get a picture of a tugboat coming through the channel.
I thought that was pretty cool. What great timing.
Next we decided to ride out to the end of the pier for a view across the lake back at Burlington. We rode out to the end and there was a lone fisherman. He said he came there often and would catch brown trout, lake trout and salmon. I asked if he could take a picture of Denise and I. He struggled with the camera and with the sun behind him he couldn’t see the viewfinder. Short version: no picture.
I snapped a picture of the two bridges taken from the end of the pier.
All the sightseeing had taken another 10 minutes and we decided we needed to head back. We pretty much back tracked along the beaches but decided to take Lakeshore Road back instead of the “path” alongside Lakeshore Road. Denise took the lead and set a decent pace. We pedaled straight back to the cart in about 25 minutes.
Another section of the Waterfront Trail done.