Tour du Brockville

Posted: May 18, 2013 in Bike
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“Business Travel” – for me – is simply two different words synonymous with “Bike Trip”. For the past four days I have been delivering a Leadership development seminar at one of our company offices and, consequently, using the opportunity to tour the area from the comforts of my bike seat.  It’s true; the best part of travelling is my ability to throw Daisy into the back seat with me and use her to travel the back roads that I would otherwise never get to see once class lets out.

Here are some of the scenes and views in and around the Brockville area spanning nearly 150k over three days of riding including highlights from the townships of the surrounding Lyn, Mallorytown, Prescott, and New Wexford areas.

Day One encompassed a fast tempo ride out King Street E (County Rd. 2) along the St. Lawrence Seaway, past Prescott and Fort Wellington to New Wexford and back.  The going out was amazing; coming back not so much given the wind that was once on my back was now directly in my face.  The entire ride was littered with memorial battlefields, forts, commemorative plagues, historic buildings, monuments, etc.

Big old looking stone thingee by the water.

Big old looking stone thingee by the water.

The CSL Niagara navigating the St. Lawrence Seaway outside Prescott, directly across from Fort Wellington.

The CSL Niagara navigating the St. Lawrence Seaway outside Prescott, directly across from Fort Wellington.

Apparently this lighthouse was worth fighting over in 1873.

Apparently this lighthouse was worth fighting over in 1873.

Gettin' all artsy n' shit.

Gettin’ all artsy n’ shit.

"The Blue Church".  Yes, it's really blue.

“The Blue Church”. Yes, it’s really blue.

Day Two offered a longer day in the saddle to better scope out the surrounding countryside.  I found a route from the ‘Explore the Arch’ website called the Junetown Jaunt, a 56k  route through the surrounding Brockville townships of Mallorytown and Lyn.  Of course, I got a bit turned around once or twice so it actually ended up closer to 70k.  This ride was magical, with lots of farmland, quiet country roads, barns, and creepy, hidden rural shacks that you might otherwise expect to find helpless innocents shackled in the basement by axe wielding maniacs.

Climbing through billion year old rock sediment of the Frontenac Axis on Quabbin Hill (‘Cliffs of Potsdam’) where it pokes out through the younger 500 million year old layers of sediment.

Crossing Lyn Creek.

Crossing Lyn Creek.

Barn and countryside along Country Rd. 2

Barn and countryside along Country Rd. 2

A real "fixer-upper" along Sly Rd.

A real “fixer-upper” along Sly Rd.

Barn along Junetown Rd.

Barn along Junetown Rd.

Dare to see what's behind Door #1?  (Junetown Rd.)

Dare to see what’s behind Door #1? (Junetown Rd.)

Barn door along Caintown Rd.

Barn door along Caintown Rd.

Caintown Rd.

Caintown Rd.

Day Three wasn’t even intended but since the weather was so nice, I decided to get an extra easy ride back out in the country through the township of Lyn which left an impression on me the day before.  Of course, I decided to choose the same day they were spraying the fields with fresh manure, but I digress.  Such are the hazards of country riding I suppose.

The Lyn countryside...minus the overwhelming stench of cow shit.

The Lyn countryside…minus the overwhelming stench of cow shit.

Okay, so I might have a wee obsession with barns.

Okay, so I might have a wee obsession with barns.

Last one...I promise.

Last one…I promise.

The view from Brockville Marina.

The view from Brockville Marina.

This is how they roll in Brockville...literally.

This is how they roll in Brockville…literally.

Until next time.

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Comments
  1. stephanieaune says:

    Your photos are really beautiful, Terry. We have similar taste in photo subjects. The captions crack me up. I can smell those fields just looking at the picture!

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