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The Laura Secord Ride - Sunday, August 26th

I've been talking about this ride for a while, and it's time to do it. Let's do a Niagara Ride to remember Laura Secord, Canadian Heroine of the War of 1812.

During the campaign, Laura's home was occupied by the Americans. Overhearing their plans to ambush the British forces lead by James FitzGibbon at Beaver Dams, she walked about 30 km thru the bush to find and warn his forces, leading to a British victory at Beaver Dams.

We'll take the GO Bike Train down to Niagara Falls on Sunday, August 26th. The train leaves Union Station at 9 AM, and also stops at Exhibition (9:06), Port Credit (9:18), Oakville (9:29), and Burlington (9:40). The train arrives at Niagara Falls at 11:04. The round trip is about $40.

From Niagara Falls we'll ride north up the Niagara Ride trail past Queenston Heights to her homestead (chocolate will be available), take rural road east past the Welland Canal (may stop into the Canal Museum for a look, especially if there is a ship going thru the lock there), then south up the escarpment to the DeCew House (British Headquarters and Laura's destination). From there it's back east to the site of the Battle of Beaver Dams (good ice cream nearby), and then into Niagara Falls to Drummond Hill Cemetery where she is buried (also site of the Battle of Lundy's Lane). From there we'll go to the Taps Brewing Company for dinner, then back to Toronto on the 7:20 PM train, arriving home about 9:30.

The ride will be about 55 - 60 km, on rual roads for the most part. There will be a few serious hills. We're not out to set any speed records, so we'll wait at the tops for everyone. I'd like to do a pace in the 20 km/hr range. The ride should be suitable for all types of bikes.

On the ride back we'll be taking the tunnel under the Welland Canal. It's perfectly safe, there is a pedestrian / bicycle walkway separated from the traffic by a high concrete barrier, but it is a little claustrophobic.Just thought I should meantion that.

My cell will be[masked] if you need to contact me on the day of. Hope to see you there!

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  • Maz

    Really wished I could have gone ... Minor surgery done ... had to back out last minute. :(

    August 27, 2012

    • Donald S.

      Hope the surgery went well, and you can join us again soon!

      August 27, 2012

    • Maz

      Thanks Donald. Me too. :)

      August 27, 2012

  • Cynthia C.

    Had a wonderful time! Thank you, Donald, for organizing. Great ride, great people, great gelato :), great day.

    August 26, 2012

  • Christine

    Don did an amazing job with all the preparatory work. Much appreciated.

    August 26, 2012

  • Michael C.

    Thanks Leona, I'd have looked silly standing in front of Wilson Subway station 8 am on Sunday. :)
    Looks like it's $8 parking by Union that day - http://parking.greenp.com/parking-info/carpark-info/32_45-bay-street.html
    I'll be driving down from Woodbridge if anyone wants to carpool, I can rack 3 other bikes. (400 to 401 and down Mt Pleasant/Jarvis to Union

    August 24, 2012

  • Leona

    Just to remind everyone that there's no subway service before 9am on Sundays.

    August 24, 2012

  • Cecelia

    Hey guys. I’m sure this is going to be a great 1st ride for me, ready to hit the road and meet you all (; kindly advice what are the must haves for this bike ride?

    August 24, 2012

    • Donald S.

      I've just sent an email around to everyone.

      August 24, 2012

  • Michelle

    Hi: Train is leaving at 9 am, so we’ll have to be there beforehand. Where shall we meet? On the platform somewhere? Or beside the ticket selling area near the Bay st doors? Looking forward to it – rain or shine

    August 24, 2012

    • Donald S.

      I would recommend people not spend a lot of time trying to meet up beforehand, when you get there buy your ticket and get ready to go on the train. It'll likely be easy enough to find people while you are doing this or on the train itself, you cna walk between cars.

      August 24, 2012

  • Elizabeth

    Will there be a stop for lunch or snacks?

    August 20, 2012

    • Donald S.

      We will be stopping a couple of times for snacks and lunch, and there's a good place for dinner before we take the train back.

      August 22, 2012

  • Brian p.

    Don - Can you google maps the route

    August 22, 2012

  • Joe S

    I really wanted to attend this but I'm doing the Toronto Island Duathlon that day. Have a fun ride guys!

    August 21, 2012

  • Donald S.

    We have a good crowd signed up for the ride now, so I've added a cap of 30 people total, to make sure we can all get on the train (I'll send out more details on that in a day or two). If your plans change please remember to change your RSVP to "No".

    August 21, 2012

  • Lwin

    This must be a really beautiful ride. I'm sad that I can't make it this time. Are there any upcoming something like this Donald...?

    August 20, 2012

    • Donald S.

      I'm afraid the GO train to Niagara stops running after the Labour Day Weekend, although last year they ran it one more time over Thanksgiving. I might do a final ride then if they do that again this year.

      August 20, 2012

  • Leona

    Also should we get our tickets in advance -do we have to reserve them since we have bikes?

    August 16, 2012

    • Donald S.

      You can buy a ticket in advance but you can't reserve a bike spot in advance I'm afraid. I've always just bought one on the day of and I haven't had any problems with that.

      August 17, 2012

  • Leona

    Is there a limit to how many bikes can be taken on the train?

    August 16, 2012

    • Donald S.

      The two bike coaches can each take about 15-20 bikes, and the regular coaches can (mostly) take four each. I've gone down with the group a bunch of times and we've always all managed to fit in. This not being a holiday weekend should help as well.

      August 17, 2012

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