We’re looking at a few days in The Thousand Islands at the end of Lake Ontario before my wife goes to a conference and my son and I head home. Fortunately, between here and there lie some of the best riding roads in Ontario. I finally get a chance to Ride the Highlands!
The ride out is going to be an avoid the GTA at all costs exercise (like most things are). Other than getting pinched in Newmarket, it should be a straight shot across the top of population. Port Perry is nice and once I’m past Peterborough, Highway 7 is a winding ride into Canadian Shield.
Where I drop off Highway 7 at Mountain Grove and cut down to the godforsaken 401 looks like a roller coaster of a road. A quick blast (no such thing any more) down the 401 should finish the trip at Gananoque where I’ll meet up with the family and we’ll hang out for a couple of days.
The Ride Back is an even greater attempt to avoid the GTA, but this time with a find the twisty roads vibe. Using ridethehighlands.ca I linked together a series of suggested roads to get my son and I back to South Western Ontario in the lest efficient but most pleasurable manner possible.
We meander north west from the east end of Lake Ontario before finally cutting south around the end of Georgian Bay.
If we leave Tuesday morning, we’ll overnight somewhere around Haliburton before finishing up the ride on Wednesday.