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    Route needed, Grimsby to Dunnville Ontario

    Hi all, gonna do our own thing after the Canadian Tandem Rally this year. We are planning on riding the Waterfront trail to Grimsby and then south to Dunville. Can anyone recommend a good route between those two cities? Lots of roads on the map but we're from Pennsylvania so are not familiar with the roads. Thanks.

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    I haven't ridden this particular road, but do ride in the area. I'm looking at my copy of this map http://www.advermap.com/Maps-Guides.page (the Golden Horseshoe) and this is the route I traced on Google maps. Sorry, I don't know how to link to the actual map, others seem to do that ;-/, but here's the write up.


    40.5 km, 2 hours 12 mins
    Port Davidson Rd/Regional Rd 16
    [/LIST]
    Bicycling directions to Dunnville, Haldimand, ON 3D
    Via King St/Regional Rd 81, Port Davidson Rd/Regional Rd 16, Diltz Rd - remove all

    Grimsby, ON


    1. Head north on Mountain St/Regional Rd 12 toward Main St W/Regional Rd 81
    5 m
    2. Turn right onto Main St W/Regional Rd 81Continue to follow Regional Rd 81
    5.5 km
    3. Turn right onto Thirty Rd
    7.1 km
    4. Continue onto Station St
    2.2 km
    5. Continue onto Griffin St N
    160 m
    6. Slight right onto Griffin St
    200 m
    7. Continue onto Canborough St
    700 m
    8. Turn right onto Smithville Rd
    110 m
    9. Turn left onto Port Davidson Rd/Regional Rd 16
    7.3 km
    10. Turn left onto Vaughan Rd W
    43 m
    11. Turn right onto Port Davidson Rd/Regional Rd 16
    4.2 km
    12. Turn right onto Canborough Rd/Regional Rd 63
    1.3 km
    13. Turn left onto Creek Rd/Regional Rd 45
    850 m
    14. Turn right onto Diltz Rd
    9.1 km
    15. Turn left onto Concession St W
    230 m
    16. Turn right onto Cedar St
    1.0 km
    17. Turn left onto South Cayuga St E
    90 m
    18. Turn right onto Chestnut St
    270 m

    Dunnville
    Haldimand, ON


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    Sorry, that's not very elegant...

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    Just what I need though, I can make the route in MapSource and transfer it to my gps. Thanks. Paul

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    Enjoy your ride!

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    Hi,

    I ride around the Grimsby area often, so I can make a suggestion.

    I'm not familiar with the area(s) South of Smithville, so I can't suggest much there, but I can provide input on getting from accross the QEW and up Smithville. Also, in Lucille's directions, I think there may be a typo. In step 2, it says to turn right. I think it should say turn Left? Double check that to make sure.

    There is nothing wrong with the route that Lucille suggested, but I can suggest a slight change that I would prefer to do. I would stay on the North side of the QEW until Mountainview Rd. (a very quiet, ie never seen a car on it, overpass) between Ontario St. and Bartlett Ave.

    Once you're on Mountainview Rd and over the QEW, you can continue up the escarpment on Mountainview which will turn right and eventually lead you to a T-intersection with Thirty Rd. At that point, you'd turn Left onto Thirty road and be at step 3-4 on Lucille's instructions. The other option would be to cross the QEW at Mountainview and then turn right onto Thirty rd right after you cross the railway tracks shortly after going over the QEW. Either of those routes is nice.

    Going up the escarpment on Mountainview is 3km at 3% and very straight except for the one right hand turn. It's consistently mild with one very short kick up about half way. Going up Thirty is 1.5km at 4.5%. Thirty has more turns which is nice. If you want the "easy" way up, go Mountainview, if you want some turns and like hills, go up Thirty.

    Whichever route you choose, I hope you have a great ride.

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    Parson , that helps a lot, knowing whats ahead of us on the "climb". We are on slow tandems,but as my wife says, she never met a hill she can't walk up! Thanks for your input. Paul

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    Thanks, Paul. I just traced the route from a cycling map I quoted above.

    Paul, I like your wife's quote! I may have to use that myself :-D

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    Parson, since we are staying at the Fifth Wheel truck stop on Cassablanca, what about heading south to Main,and then turning right to Woolverton. I know the Niagara Bike Map says Woolverton is a very steep upgrade,as opposed to Mountainview just being steep, but is it worth backtracking to the east to go up the hill there?

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    Hi car knocker

    If you and your wife are strong climbers, then you could do Wolverton to save some backtracking. Keep in mind that it is very steep though. Its considered one of the hardest and steepest climbs in the area. I've never actually attempted it so I can't comment on traffic or the condition of the road.

    Whichever route you choose, i hope you enjoy the ride. let us know howit goes.

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