Ride report from Dave Thompson:
The weather forecast for our Big Chute AGM ride indicated that we’d have some rain in the a.m. and cloudiness in the afternoon. Nope. Blue sky and patchy cloud most of the day. It looked like we might hit a shower on the way back to Barrie and indeed, we did hit a spot where the road was wet … but not us!
18 of us set out at 8am; the last rider finished up a little after 7pm.
Big Chute is a beautiful ride with wonderful scenery, good roads, some roll to the terrain but apart from a few “bumps” after Coldwater, no strenuous climbing. Yesterday we had a little wind from the Northeast — again, ideal because that provided a tailwind to bring us home. If you’ve never done this ride, definitely put it on your bucket list. Do it as a Permanent!
We had a greeter / card signer at the end of the ride — Dick Felton did the honours as he was unable to ride.
After the ride, a dozen of us got together at Il Buco, a restaurant in Barrie. Advertised as “one of the 100 best restaurants in Canada”, according to Open Table, it did not disappoint. In fact, it was outstanding.
There were two regrets — it was just a little too early for Fall Colours and not everyone could join us for dinner!