Scouting a new route

We’re invited to cottage country next weekend for a horseshoe tournament. Our first thought was “oh that’s going to cut in to our cycling”. Is that pathetic?

Then we got the bright idea to bike there and back. It’s 85 km each way so getting there is certainly doable but the problem is, after arriving at said cottage, there would certainly be some “socializing” which might make it challenging to get on the bike the next morning for the return trip.

We’ve driven the road many times over the years but not with our cycling goggles on. Friday night we went for a drive. What we discovered:

  1. Big hills: This itself is not a problem. We are used to hills and especially the nice rolling kind make the ride more enjoyable.
  2. Very narrow: The shortest route to the lake takes us through some almost uncharted territory. The brush along the road is grown up and has not been cut back in many years.
  3. Winding: The road twists and turns. Although we are unlikely to encounter many cars along the way…they are also unlikely to be expecting to meet cyclist. On many of the turns, cars would not see you until the last second. Dangerous!
  4. Condition of the pavement: The pavement on these roads is a mess of cracks and potholes. Flat tires are no fun!
  5. Lack of stores: For long stretches there are no stores to stop and buy food or water. We would have to carry more supplies than usual.
  6. Lack of cell service: For long stretches there’s no cell phone coverage which means, if we did run in to trouble, we would have to flag down a passing car or stop at a nearby cottage. Maritimers are know for their hospitality so this is also not a show stopper but unsettling nonetheless.

Conclusion: We’ve decided that the ride is too risky. If we decide to go to the lake next weekend we’ll do an early morning ride and then take the car.


NOTE: photo above is not of the road is question but gives you an idea of the conditions.