Sunday, June 19, 2011

Haliburton/Muskoka/Algonquin by Motorcycle

On Saturday morning 5 of us left Goderich for a wee mid-northern Ontario adventure.  The weather was absolutely perfect and the driving conditions could not have been better.  I was on the road with my dad, Larry Swick, Darren Culbert & Matt Gascho.

We got through Huron County and up to Howick.  From there we were in Grey County and riding along the Agnes McPhail Memorial Hwy to Creemore.  Then we got on the 400 in Barrie and headed north for about 60 km past the famous Epps Sporting Goods Store and Weber's hamburger restaurant...  The fun began when we got off of the 400 and onto an amazing 70km stretch of twisty and winding roads called Southwood Rd 13.  It was very, very fun.  It basically took us to Bracebridge and then we were on 118 all the way to Haliburton.  It was about 500km or so for the day.  Not too much - but enough.  That was basically Saturday.  We got to our motel by 4:30, had some drinks and some snacks, ate dinner and called it a night. 

Today, on Sunday morning, 4 of us hit the road to make our way up to Algonquin Park to tour around.  My dad has been feeling a bit under the weather, so he stayed at the motel to rest and relax.  We got to Bancroft and had a breakfast scoff and then we went to their lockout area called Eagle's Nest I think.  It is an impressive lookout, other then the fact there is a Tim Horton's to gawk at centre view....   From there we went up to Barry's Bay and Whitney.....  Had some lunch at the Mad Mushers....  And it was straight into the east entrance of Algonquin. 

We only skidded through about 80 to 100km of the park.  We stopped at a lake/lookout for a bit to relax and then off again....  It wasn't 10km past this area where we stopped because there was a bull moose only about 30 feet from the shoulder of the road.  We took some pictures of the moose and it really didn't seem to mind all that much.  It was not camera shy.  But we only went through this small section of the park as we exited at the west entrance.

From that point we went south on 35 back to Canarvon.  We past through Dorsett, I remember.  Just before Canarvon we stopped at this neat dam and it was thunderously sending water through its channel.  I didn't have a picture, and forget the exact name of this place, but it was pretty neat. 

So we are just getting back and enjoying a beer and watching a bit of the golf.  It was a great day of riding.  Tomorrow we will get up and just leisurely make our way home.... 

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