Bike Touring – Bruce Peninsular

P1010097All these next few posts are going to be in the wrong order. I am enjoying a lazy Sunday (one of the first for about 2 months), catching up on photos and blog posts and continuing to try to figure out how Facebook works.

After saying ‘goodbye’ to my Mum and Dad who stayed for 10 days during August, Rob and I decided to spend the long weekend touring round the Bruce Peninsular. We drove to Owen Sound and road up the East coast of the Pennsinsular through Wiarton and Lionshead, then crossed over the top and down the West side through Tamarac, Sauble Beach and back to Owen Sound.

I think I have found my favourite part of Ontario. The beauty of the Bruce Peninsular on the west side near Lions Head would rival anything you would see in Europe. The water is a perfect colour of azure and the Bruce Trail is as rugged and remote feeling as elsewhere in Ontario.

We lucked out with the weather and were able to “free” camp both nights although the first night hauling our bags along the coastal Bruce Trail path was a bit exciting, but worth it for the views of the sunset over the water and the feeling of isolation.

On Saturday night we came across The Tamarac Inn at Stokes Bay, purely by coincidence. An old, old hotel, converted by a former New Jersey lawyer, Bill Shultz, to a cosy bed and breakfast with a big open dining room that he invites local jazz musicians to jam in on Saturday nights. We were treated to the sounds of Miles Davis, as well as classics like ‘Summer Time’ and ‘Autumn Leaves’, whilst we had a few post ride beers.

It was a gorgeous weekend and we spent the whole trip home looking through real estate magazines to see if we could find a piece of lake front property near Lions Head that we could afford!

I’ve posted the photos of the trip in my Face book photo album and Rob will no doubt be adding a trip review complete with route guide and map on his touring page.

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