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Old 02-13-05, 09:22 AM
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Inspired by some landscape art videos, I decided to do an Erie loop this summer taking my video equipment. I have been taking pictures but somehow they don't capture the spirit of cycle tour. My first choice of route is labelled on the attachment. This could very well be my first metric millennium.

Starting from Windsor, ON, I head west and rest in Rondeau Provincial Park. Then work my way up to Niagara Falls over 2-3 days and take a break there. Then crossing the Rainbow Bridge (I wouldn't know if bicycles are allowed - but I guess there's a way) to Buffalo, NY. Then turning SW going through Erie, PN and Cleveland, OH. By the time I reach Sandusky, I'll take a ferry to Pelee Is., spend some time there, then another ferry back to mainland Canada in Leamington. I'm doing this to avoid the metropoliton areas of Detroit, and also to take a less-than-frequently-experienced boat trip. Then spend a day near Pt. Pelee, finally turning back to Windsor.

For the NE route I found this thread and will basically follow the route (not necessarily the stops). As for the Falls to Sandusky, I don't see any thread about it. Can anyone fill me with advices? From Sandusky to Pelee I found this website and they even list prices for bicycles, so I'm pretty sure I will be fine (except for unguarded equipment on the bike).

I will probably buy MiniDVs along the way and mail them back as necessary. Would this be a problem with scanners? No doubt I will need quite a bit of juice so I will get at least another battery pack and spend much of my resting minutes near power points... And during the free time in the summer, I'll make two videos. Making them available FREE online.

So... any suggested stops/routes on Buffalo-Sandusky Express? I'm aiming to do this in two weeks or so (April 25 - May 10 or something like that), so I can't really go way off the direct routes. Anyone en route can spare me their backyard for a night's sleepover?
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Just one thought: When you get to Niagara Falls ON, instead of crossing Rainbow Bridge, go through town and find that riverside bike path above the falls. It parallels the Niagara River Parkway and goes all the way to Fort Erie, where you'll find easy crossing into NY at the Peace Bridge (which was ok for bikes the last time I rode it). It's a delightfully serene and scenic ride, 15-20 miles long. There's a nice campground and motel along the way. By going this route you'll also miss half of Buffalo, putting you that much closer to country riding again.

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If you want to see more, go down the bike path to Niagara on the Lake. Adventure Cycling has a map to get from Clevlend to Buffalo along the lake ( part of Northern Tier). From Cleveland to Sandusky, follow US 6 along the lake, very nice.
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I did a similar circuit around Lake Erie myself about two years ago. Crossing at Fort Erie shouldn't be a problem. There is a nice state park on South Bass Island where you can camp provided you don't mind taking a couple extra ferries to do the extra island.

It was a fun ride and I expect that you will enjoy yourself immensely, I know that I did! I went around Lake Huron last summer and this summer I am planning on going around Lake Ontario.

You can find links to both my Round Lake Erie and Round Lake Huron journals on the following page:

BTW: I didn't ride it but I seem to recall seeing a rail trail on an Ontario map that starts just South of Windsor and ends somewhere near Leamington. It might be worth a look.

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