I am going for a ride somewhere on Sunday August the 19th. I'd like to leave early (7ish) and make a day of it.
I thought I would setup a separate thread about this ride. I don't have a final route setup but am thinking it might be nice to head west to do something different. I am open to change.
Here's one suggestion I received but since I don't know the roads I will have to work on a route. If you know the roads and want to figure out the routing please feel free.
"going up through Collingwood or the Beaver Valley, Owen Sound, Sauble Beach, then down the Lake Huron shore to Grand Bend. Three nice roads running across the Escarpment between Airport Road and Hwy 124 would include #17 running west out of Mansfield, River Road running west over to Horning's Mills, and #21 through Honeywood on the north side of the Pine River Valley. There's also the Pretty River Valley Road south of Collingwood and #40 running west through Walter's Falls towards Port Elgin. "
Worst case I would happily head out towards the east on a nice loop though all those fabulous roads out there.
Having made the above suggestion, I'll now make one small revision. Running all the way down to Grand Bend would be too ambitious for a day ride. Probably Port Elgin or Kincardine would be more feasible as a southern terminus before turning east for home.
The biggest difference in going west is that you don't have the more remote twisties like 507, Elephant Lake Road, etc. and you are hitting small towns much more frequently. The ride is more about seeing places and certain views than about "sport" riding those more remote twisty roads in my opinion. Still, it can be nice for a change if you are getting too familiar with the east. The ride from Sauble Beach down to Port Elgin is fairly slow with lots of traffic on weekends in the towns but the Mirmachi Bay road is beautiful on a sunny day.
If going up to Owen Sound, rather than go directly across to Sauble Beach, you could go up the Peninsula on #1 through Wiarton and back down. There are some spots along there where there is a decent view of the Bay.
I'd be happy to set out a route to the west, then you could check the distance on the GPS to see how long it would take. We could just add or subtract loops from there. Otherwise, the route we did last Sunday is hard to beat for "sport" riding.