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2010 Tour of Lake Ontario and Bike Rt. 9 in NY

Old 03-26-10, 12:39 PM
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2010 Tour of Lake Ontario and Bike Rt. 9 in NY

Those who tour know that once we do one tour we are pretty much hooked. A very big chunk of our time is researching places to tour. I have settled on this summers bike ride and it looks to be a mix of really easy for over a week and some rolling hills to end the two week excursion.

I will drive from Cape Cod to Albany NY and ride Amtrak with my bike, to Buffalo. From there I will ride to Toronto via Niagra Falls, and ride with a friend to Montreal. From Montreal, I will solo on NY bike rt 9 back to Albany. There is an outside chance my 26 year old son will accompany me, but that's kind of remote.

As usual my plans change between the time I start planning till I settle on the route. For now this is it, but any other options are all around the Erie Canal, Lake Ontario, Upstate NY areas.

Now for the point of this whole thing.

When I tour, I don't ride hard or too far. 40-60 miles is usually the norm, and that's over the course of a full day. Average speed is in the teens. It's a mix of camping and hotel/B&B and I make that decision daily. Some nights in the summer, it's just to nice not to camp, and some nights you don't feel like it. I bring cooking gear but do very little cooking.

My touring is done on popular or at least well know bike routes, so there are always bike friendly people to meet as well as bikers.

There are occasional posts here about those who want to tour but never take that last step. This is an offer to join us with this caveat.

The big question that we all think is "what if we don't get along" or "this is too much, to little, too hot or whatever". The most attractive part of this one is that if, for any reason at all, you want to abandon the tour or us, we are in areas that make that very simple.

We are planning to begin around July 14th. If your interested, get in touch. We will be posting on Crazyguy BTW. I'll bring a Netbook.
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CapeJohn,

You should review the WEB site www.champlainbikeways.org. They have many routes along Lake Champlain and if you ride in the area,you'll see their signs along the roadways. They have excellant routes both in Quebec, and NY, and don't forget Vermont.
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Originally Posted by VT_Speed_TR
CapeJohn,

You should review the WEB site https://www.champlainbikeways.org They have many routes along Lake Champlain and if you ride in the area,you'll see their signs along the roadways. They have excellant routes both in Quebec, and NY, and don't forget Vermont.
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I have a couple of those maps. My original tour was biking from Cape Cod to Montreal through VT on RT100
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Find out all you can about the Waterfront Trail. I have ridden about half of it. It's fantastic.

For the Niagara-on-the-Lake to Toronto leg, you may not want to slavishly follow the Trail. There are too many interesting, scenic quiet side roads, especially between Niagara Falls and Hamilton.
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If you need any help with border crossing at Buffalo/Niagara Falls send me a message. I'm located in St. Catharines, and have hosted quite a few cyclists the day of/day before they crossed the border, and we can usually plot a route that fits their needs.

I'm currently listed on warmshowers.org, so if you need a place to crash or any help just let me know.
I will be checking out your crazyguy journal once it is up as this is a tour I have been intersted in doing for a while now!
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Rainbow bridge is bike friendly.
Peace bridge....not so much.

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John,
In case you are not aware, Amtrak does not have baggage service at it's downtown Buffalo station, You have to get off at Depew about 12 miles east of Buffalo. The one train with a baggage car (Lakeshore Limited) gets you there at 11pm (if you are lucky) There is a motel just down the street from the station ( I don't recall the name)
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I will second Waterfront Trail. You can download maps from the site. But also check out this site: https://www.hedney.com/waterfront.htm, I found it very useful.
I would suggest including Prince Edward County (island south of Belleville) in your itinerary. It's a very nice area.
We rode most of the trail in chunks, most recently the part from Kingston to Cornwall. Riding along St. Lawrence offers some great views.
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Originally Posted by velonomad
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In case you are not aware, Amtrak does not have baggage service at it's downtown Buffalo station, You have to get off at Depew about 12 miles east of Buffalo. The one train with a baggage car (Lakeshore Limited) gets you there at 11pm (if you are lucky) There is a motel just down the street from the station ( I don't recall the name)
Ha! I was told many times that it was Ten miles.. We also found out that owner of the motel next to the train station does not answer the door after 11PM.



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If you need any help with border crossing at Buffalo/Niagara Falls send me a message. I'm located in St. Catharines, and have hosted quite a few cyclists the day of/day before they crossed the border, and we can usually plot a route that fits their needs.

I'm currently listed on warmshowers.org, so if you need a place to crash or any help just let me know.
I will be checking out your crazyguy journal once it is up as this is a tour I have been intersted in doing for a while now!

I am also on Warm Shower. I will very likely be in touch, not for a place to stay, but to take you up on the route suggestion.

The more information I get about this route the better it looks. My experience is showing that for short tours of one or two weeks the Northeast has so many options for really great bike rides.
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Originally Posted by lucille
I would suggest including Prince Edward County (island south of Belleville) in your itinerary. It's a very nice area.
Prince Edward County is one of the most pleasant places I have ever cycled. Quiet county roads, mostly flat or gentle rolling terrain, picturesque villages, white sandy beaches, sand dunes, good swimming, great restaurants, excellent wineries, artisanal cheese factories (well, there is one artisanal cheese factory!), art galleries, antique stores, decent places to stay or camp... I have been cycling there for about twenty years, and most summers, I go at least once. In 2009, I did three cycling trips in the County.

The County is the perfect place to linger for a few days on cycling trip. My suggestion is to stay in Bloomfield, which is centrally located. There is an excellent bike store in town, and the people who work there are happy to suggest routes.
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I also try to go as often as possible, just love it there. I'd say Bloomfield or Picton for accommodations, Picton may have more choice.
Yes, some top notch restaurants there! Expensive, but great.
Here's a link: https://www.pec.on.ca/

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This book on the waterfront may also be helpful. We had planned a tour in this area, but had to cancel it. (I'd offer you the book, but I already gave it away it on the Pay it Forward thread.)
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Originally Posted by capejohn
Ha! I was told many times that it was Ten miles.. We also found out that owner of the motel next to the train station does not answer the door after 11PM.
10 miles by Helicoptor
12 if you know where you are going
25 if you ask a local
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Originally Posted by Cyril
Rainbow bridge is bike friendly.
Peace bridge....not so much.

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Take the Peace Bridge

I've been over both the Peace Bridge & Rainbow Bridge many times. Both of them are fine. On the Rainbow Bridge you ride right in the road. On the Peace Bridge you ride (or walk) on a side walk that is not real wide. Great views can be seen from both of them. After going through customs on the Peace Bridge you take a quick right, go down a low traffic one way street for about a quarter mile and then hit the bike path and river. Customs will point you in the right directions. The ride down the Niagara Parkway is fabulous all the way to Niagara on The Lake. Much better than going over Grand Island and their Bridges and you get to miss the polution.

If you take Amtrak to Depew, NY you are very close to the airport so many hotel/motel choics but of course not great biking.
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Originally Posted by Cyril
Rainbow bridge is bike friendly.
Peace bridge....not so much.

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I just biked both last Thursday the peace bridge is not so bad it has a side walk that bikers can use the rainbow is currently under construction, two lanes and bikes cannot use side walk. Riding mixed with pissed off drivers on their way to customs sucks but its a short bridge.
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