Lake Ontario Loop

Lake Ontario Loop

Monday, June 1, 2015

Cobourg, ON

Today we had several significant changes in our adventure.  First, we moved out of the urban environment that we been in since our trip began.  Our rural cycling brought less trails and some of the trails we cycled were very rough in comparison to those in the cities.  We even experienced one trail that was a single tract.  Second, the weather changed.  We went from temperatures in the 80s to the low 50s.  This morning we had to dig deep in our panniers to find warm clothing. 

What hasn’t changed is the abundance of lilac bushes that are in full bloom.  They are everywhere and many are very large and put forth a sweet smell that fills the air.  The other constant is the abundance of red-winged black birds.  However, these birds continue to be camera shy and have avoided our attempts to get a good picture. 

After we left Whitby we cycled 40 miles before we arrived in the next town, Port Hope.  The town is named for Colonel Henry Hope, the one time lieutenant governor of the Province of Quebec.  An interesting side note about the town is its having the largest volume of historic low-level radioactive wastes in Canada. These wastes were created as a result of the refining process used to extract radium from uranium ore. Radium was used in "glow-in-the-dark" paint.

We arrived in Port Hope “aglow” with thoughts about food.  We soon found Basel’s Deli and stopped for lunch.  This was the first “mom and pop” type restaurant that we found on this journey and well worth the wait.  We had great sandwiches, hot tea, and cookies before heading toward the Canadian Firefighters Museum.

After a tour that included some early 1900 fire engines we headed to our motel in Cobourg, about 5 miles further along the trail. Perhaps this is a good time to define our route’s structure.  We are following the “Waterfront Trail” that is a compilation of marked trails, side streets, and highways. Between Port Hope and Cobourg was the first time that we were on a highway. It had only 2 lanes but was busy.  However, it had very wide shoulders marked for cyclists.  The Waterfront Trail is very well marked and documented on the internet and in a book.  The trail goes along the Canadian side of the lake and up the St. Lawrence River

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