Bike route around Lake Ontario

Bike route around Lake Ontario

Post by Rob » Sat, 02 Jun 2001 11:51:09


I am planning a ride around Lake Ontario statring in Hamilton Ontario. I
plan to be camping and moteling every other night [ hot tub, shower, nice
bed :) ]. Can someone suggest a route whether I go clockwise or
counter-clockwise? How long should the trip take averaging 125 km's a day?

Thanx  Rob

 
 
 

Bike route around Lake Ontario

Post by Brian Huntl » Sat, 02 Jun 2001 23:41:32

Quote:

> I am planning a ride around Lake Ontario statring in Hamilton Ontario. I
> plan to be camping and moteling every other night [ hot tub, shower, nice
> bed :) ]. Can someone suggest a route whether I go clockwise or
> counter-clockwise? How long should the trip take averaging 125 km's a day?

Well, it's about 875km around, by highway, so add about 10% for using
secondary roads, and you're at 960km. Call it 1000km - eight days.
Realistically, you have a couple of big metro areas to negotiate
(though you can make good time through Toronto on the subway in
mid-day) so add a few days for that and for 'motel slippage' - you
will occasionally stop early because the next logical place to do so
it just too darned far. Oh, and you save about 80km if you cross Wolfe
Island, but then you have to coordinate with the ferries on both ends.

My first reaction would be to go clockwise because that's how my brain
works, but thinking about it, I'd enter the US first, while I'm fresh
and not looking like a freak who's been on the road for days and days.
They can't deny you re-entry if you're a citizen. :0)

Avoid Hwy 2/Kingston Road in east-end Toronto during any rush hour or
all day Saturday - it's the worst traffic I can think of. Imagine the
401 with no shoulders and ruts on the side. Add strip malls.

 
 
 

Bike route around Lake Ontario

Post by llizar » Mon, 04 Jun 2001 13:13:26


Quote:


>> I am planning a ride around Lake Ontario statring in Hamilton Ontario. I
>> plan to be camping and moteling every other night [ hot tub, shower, nice
>> bed :) ]. Can someone suggest a route whether I go clockwise or
>> counter-clockwise? How long should the trip take averaging 125 km's a day?
[snip]
>(though you can make good time through Toronto on the subway in
>mid-day)
[snip]
>Avoid Hwy 2/Kingston Road in east-end Toronto during any rush hour or
>all day Saturday - it's the worst traffic I can think of. Imagine the
>401 with no shoulders and ruts on the side. Add strip malls.

Follow the Waterfront Trail as much as possible from Hamilton to
Toronto. And Toronto is a breeze to ride through if you ride close to
the lake. (no need for the subway at all) Of course, you can't keep up
a high speed through the city, but that's life. Where the waterfront
trail inexplicably disappears, take neighbourhood roads as much as
possible (it might be worth it to invest in a couple of the big city
maps) Lakeshore Blvd in Oakville is no picnic on a Saturday and
Kingston Road in Toronto is a nightmare any time of the day -  but one
can go east from the end of the Martin Goodman Trail in Toronto and
mostly avoid riding on Kingston Road.

The waterfront trail allegedly goes further east of Toronto but it's
hard to find. There are maps of the trail available.

http://www.waterfronttrail.org/docs/traildoc/trail.html

As for which direction to go in, no idea on that one.

-llizard

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