Oakville – Bronte Park 18k
When: Monday Sept 6 @ 9:30AM
Where: Bronte Park trails and bike paths in Oakville
Terrain: Dirt Paths, Road, Paved Paths
Duration: 1 1/2 hrs
Meet: Meeting at Mike Walker’s home – 2097 Arbourview drive, 3rd line and upper middle
Who: Drew, Denise, Scott, Elaine, Mike W, Cathy
This was the first ride for Elaine Bowers and Cathy Walker.
The weather was a bit unpredictable. It was 16 C, overcast with drizzle and light rain. Everybody seemed prepared wearing light rain jackets so we decided to take our chances with the weather. Since this was Mike W’s turf he led the way.
We followed paths that had been well traveled. They were mostly cinder and hard packed trails through park areas sneaking through neighborhoods. The trails were in good shape except for the “curb hopping” required at each street crossing.
About 4km into the ride everybody was warmed up and the group stopped briefly to remove layers. The rain was holding off. We continued following the trails on our way to Bronte Park.
When we arrived at Bronte Park we went in the main entrance. Bikers and walkers can enter the park at no charge. A short while after entering the park we turned onto a trail that was surfaced with stone and small rock. The terrain was all right for the mountain bike tires but unsuitable for road bike tires. Everybody in the group was using wide tires.
We stopped for a few minutes while mechanic Scott did a little on-the-trail tuning of Elaine’s front derailleur. That little probem was fixed in no time.
We proceeded along the trail under a canopy of trees then entered an open field. I took the opportunity for a few pictures.
We were about an hour into the ride at this point when the reality of time set in and we needed to start heading back. Mike led the group back through one of the camping areas in the park.
Note to self: Bronte Park is very convenient and would make an excellent overnight destination to take the kids camping.
Near the exit of the park we stopped for a moment to check out an old abandoned home. It must have been magnificent in it’s day. Mike W began leading us back along more trails and paths. Mike “The Tour Guide” paused the group near the end of the ride for an interesting explanation of the local politics regarding the relocation of a skateboard park.
We arrived back at our starting point about 1 1/2 after leaving. It was a very scenic and enjoyable ride. Thank you to Mike Walker for leading the RRS riders through the area and providing a meeting place.
The two first-timers did great. They did do a little “short cut” at the end of the ride but Cathy new the way and we all ended up together. Elaine and Cathy have secured an invitation for another ride with the RRS masters.
There was some deliberation about a “suits optional” hot tub invite but unfortunately we were on a tight schedule and needed to get back to the kids. There is always next time.