Why not make it the second weekend in May? Historically that's about 4 degrees warmer. I've never been on this ride but i'm hoping to this year.
Putting dates aside what are the typical starting point and end points and how long does it go?
Start: Bancroft Saturday morning
End: Muskokas Saturday evening
Just trying to figure out if I need a hotel room, etc.
I have been on approximately six of these rides since 2006 or so. They have started at 9:00 AM at the Esso Station (next to Tim's) at Essa Road and 400 in south Barrie, then wandered to Bracebridge and then along the Brackenrig Road to Windemere for a group photo. Then lunch at Rosseau or Port Carling, then a ride to the vicinity of Washago, whence we spread out to our homes at about 3:30 PM.
Last year I booked a room at Barrie Motel. It was OK accommodation, but no stars; I won't go back there. A few years ago I had a room at Howard Johnson's on Dunlop Street. I'd give it a star, maybe two. This year I plan to stay at Days Inn at 60 Bryne Drive, which is just a seven-iron shot from that Esso station. I will get a room with two beds, one for me and one for my friend Norm (rides a Honda ST-1300). We may have room for a couple of guests, either in cots or on air mattresses that the guests themselves bring.
I have no vote here, because this is an Ontario ride.
I am hoping you choose May 10 over May 3,
but I am prepared for either date.
I will bring oranges, probably enough for two for everyone.
I will also bring some simple tools and gadgets from Harbor Freight.