An “Erie” Adventure! – August 11, 2015


This year’s weeklong tour was the biggest ever! A total of 16 riders joined the tour for all or part of the journey from Dunnville, Ontario to Pelee Island and back. Along the way, our intrepid group of cycle-tourists enjoyed seemingly endless sunshine, the warmest days of summer, beautiful nights under the stars, and some pretty amazing campfires (thanks, Pyroman – Wayne!). We also endured some intense west winds and long stretches with no food or water options in the early days. Of course, those high winds were quite welcome as we wound our way back home. The 670 km tour took us through Simcoe, St. Thomas, Rondeau Beach, Pelee Island, Erieau, Port Stanley, and Turkey Point, with a brewery tour, two wineries, a museum and several ice cream shops en route. Great planning, Hal!

The tour was dubbed the “Survivor’s Tour” when we realized that several of the riders wouldn’t make it. We lost two riders to heat and exhaustion in the challenging early days, two to mechanical challenges, and seven riders cut the ride short due to other commitments. The seven “survivors” celebrated the end of the ride at the Dunnville ice cream shop, vowing to return next year.

As our leader Hal summarized the trip – by the numbers:
Days of riding = 9 (max)
Number of official KVC kms = 669
Max number of riders = 16
Min number of riders = 7
Max number of campers = 8 (on one or more nights)
Max number of non-campers = 7 (on one or more nights)
Number of tire punctures = 3
Number of broken spokes = 4
Number of sore bums = 2 (verified, but others may not have admitted)
Number of sore feet = 2 (one pair)
Number of insect bites = too many to count
Number of pints of beer consumed = 250 (just a guess)
Number of glasses of wine = 150 (again, just a guess)
Number of good memories to share and talk about = innumerable!

Highlights of the tour included our night of camping at the Walmart; swims in Lake Erie; our “dinner cruise” on the Pelee Island ferry; the barbeque lunch at the Pelee Island Winery; miles of dirt road that kept emerging from nowhere; and some pretty fantastic group dinners. Be sure to get the KVC 2016 weeklong on your schedule!