August 5, 2023 Belwood Butter Tart run. It seems everyone thought Belwood was the place to go to this Saturday. Rec, gravel, Gs were all there!
When I prepare for a Saturday morning ride I start Friday with night food, water, money, kit, bike cleaning and lub. Today I am ready to go early, driving up to RIM. I stop several times- shoes? helmet? Garmin? I just know I am forgetting something. What? It turns out to be my legs. Aaaa
A big G3 group showed up today. We go off with 7 riders. First timer comes out today, a confessed die hard MTBer, and a little apprehensive maybe to ride with us. Turns out to be a power house roadie!
Missing my updated route so Mario is the official route director. Garmin and pinned routes seem to be my latest gremlin with me. Aaa
With Kari supervising we now are on our best road behaviour. Full foot down stops! Signaling! Communication. It’s all good.
Mandatory Jones Baseline candid photo
Old pres and new pres.
The new route suggested to me is a bit unknown. We’re missing the west section of County Rd. 26 into Belwood which is good but gain north on 18 and west on 2. Bad! We got through it.
So just past Jones Baseline is were I find out I forgot my legs at home. Needed to get on the MTBer wheel and draft that into Belwood. It kinda worked. Ouch!
Arrived in Belwood, Charles took a shortcut down the rail trail which was a good idea. G3 was just leaving the Country Market than. More room for us. Other bikers were there as well.
Curious customer wanted to know what was going on with al the green shirts and bikes and I said Belwood tarts! He agreed that was the place to go to but wouldn’t share any. LOL. I love those old white guys. Funny!
We all recovered with food and drink and were off when the Gravel Rec group showed up. Busy place.
Turned for home refreshed, tarted up, went down Second Line. That’s just crappy pavement there! Dangerous too. Need a redo there. Go into Fergus I say.
I love that South River Road through Fergus, except for that stop sign at Bridge St.
Through Elora, down Middlebrook. Spicy. Couldn’t catch Rick he was on a mission. Held Charles’ wheel, great place to be on Middlebrook. The newbie may have got hooked on road cycling there. Nice rush!
Ended up at RIM, no issues, no mechanicals just a gassed LFTR leader. Wind was stronger than advertised but no worries. The group did drag me back. Thanks team
Watermelon, freezies, good memories all around.
Next week is our destination ride to Erin, Forks of the Credit, Belfountain, Terra Cotta, and the Ontario Badlands. Make your intent known to ride so enough food is prepared.