On our way over to Erin we were stopped at a light when a truck passed us carrying an spanking new Africa Twin – very nice. The truck driver was giving us thumbs up and we gave ’em right back.
We stopped at the Busholme in Erin for a warming lunch; 8°C on a motorbike will cool you off quickly. It’s now on Max’s places to eat memory map. After a quick stop at Holtom’s Bakery we headed over to the Forks and did a lap…
The ride from Belfountain out to Highway 10 was lovely – clear of speedbumps (both on the road and the four wheeled kind). It was cold and there was still a lot of snow runnoff crossing the road, but I could let the bike go as fast as it felt comfortable without having to worry about some Ontario numpty in a box in front panicking that the road actually has curves on it.
On the ride back to Belfountain for my first coffee of the year at Higher Ground, we quickly caught up with just such a numpty driving a Subaru WRX… and he was driving it like he stole it his grandmother. Baffled by every bend in the road, this toolasaurus in his rally car practically stopped every time the road got interesting. Max and I, two up on our fourteen year old adventure bike almost pulled off to let this guy have his moment of sheer driving brilliance. I guess that’s why you buy a forty thousand dollar rally car knock off and then drive it out to one of the few twisty roads in the area.
Soon enough we got to Higher Ground where only the very serious people were out. The parking lot was littered with half a dozen BMW adventure bikes, a Ducati Multistrada and two Triumph Tigers once we got there. Ours was the oldest bike by ten years. There were a lot of peaked adventury helmets and Klim clothing. Everyone felt very robust and adventurous.
Off the bike it was twelve degrees and sunny, so looking at all the bikes and chatting with the other riders was a nice break from the frost bite at speed.
We wrapped up our coffee break and took Mississauga Road north past the ski hill still thick with snow before heading back home a bit wind burned and out of practice saddle sore, but happy to have gotten the first two up ride of the year in.
|Loading up at High Ground for the Ride home.|
|Mississauga Road north behind another four wheeled speed bump|
|A veil of beautifully scalloped clouds followed us all the way home.|
|All taken from the 360Fly4k suction cupped to the wing mirror and edited in-camera.|