Let's ride the scenic route from Niagara Falls to Toronto via Niagara-on-the-Lake and Burlington!!!
We'll get there by the GO train service to Niagara Falls ($19.55 one-way adult fare) http://gotransit.com/niagara
We will take the 9:00am train from Union Station, which will bring us to Niagara Falls station at 11:04am. Do not be late, because the train will not wait! I would strongly recommend having bought your ticket and oriented yourself within the station as to our train's track number by 8:45am.
If people would like to join us at a GO station further west than Union, that is fine. The 9:00 am train is scheduled to pass additional stations as follows:
Exhibition: 9:06 Port Credit: 9:18 Oakville 9:29 Burlington 9:40
I'll be sending out my contact info to registered riders the day before the ride. For those hopping on a later stop, please feel free to text or call me and I can tell you the exact car that the everyone is in.
This roughly 160km route is epic, but we'll take it slowly so that riders of all abilities can join. Expect a pace of about 18 to 24 km/h.
But, pretty please, for your own enjoyment, make sure that you can ride at least 20km/h consistently, all day long. A long trip like this is not the time to find out that the speed is too much for you and you are completely out of energy midway between Niagara Falls and Burlington (while I think the Vineland area is very nice, you wont enjoy paying the cab fare home from there!)
The ride will last over 9 hours with rest stops, and those who tire early can optionally take the GO train back from Burlington, saving about 60km.
Here is a rough map of the route:
We'll plan two major rest stops, with plenty of mini stops along the way. Our first stop once off the train will be the Niagara Falls, of course. We'll take the obligatory photos and then carry on to Niagara-on-the-Lake. There we'll have our first major stop for brunch. There are a number of nice cafes on the main street, we can establish a consensus which one to pick while there.
From there we'll have a long riding segment, stopping every 60 to 75 minutes for water/snacks/stretching. (Please bring your own nutritious snacks and water bottles!)
Once we reach Burlington we'll take our second major break. There are a number of eating establishments near the lakeside park there we can choose from.
On the final 60km leg we'll push it (we should also have the prevailing wind at our backs) with only a couple of stops before we get to the Humber bridge, which will be our fait accompli point!
I, personally, live east of the core so I will continue along the lake shore, towards our starting point, Union Station. I would invite everyone who has made it that far to celebrate our efforts by joining me for a beverage and some food at one of the patios on the Esplanade.
Due to the length of the ride it is really important that you and your bike are in top condition. If there's a rattle or squeak that's been nagging you for a while, find the time to go see the chiropractor or bike mechanic, as the case may be, to sort it out. This will ensure that your experience on this ride is as enjoyable as possible! Also, please bring lights for your bike since it is quite likely that we'll be arriving in the city at or around sunset, and you still want to get home safely.
Also a note about safety and liability: Nobody is responsible for your safety and well-being other than you. Not the ride organizers, the TBM group, Meetup, nor any other riders. You are extremely encouraged to wear a helmet, wear sunscreen, have a bell on your bike, drink lots of water and otherwise act reasonably and prudently. Hurting yourself in a fall or falling ill due to heat stroke, or worse, are risks that you are agreeing to assume if you come on this ride.
I am really looking forward to going on this ride with you all, I know we will have an amazing time on this great adventure! For those of you who can't make it on this date, don't worry, I do intend to do at least one other ride similar to this this summer. Stay tuned to TBM for more details!