The 130 cyclists who participated in this year’s Great Waterfront Trail Adventure, from Niagara on the lake to the Quebec Border, declared this area beautiful on Friday morning, but the pedaling tough.
The riders pedaled through South Dundas against a brisk east wind as they headed for their overnight stop in Cornwall on the sixth day of their adventure.
After being greeted in Iroquois by South Dundas mayor Steve Byvelds, deputy mayor Jim Locke, councillor Archie Mellon, and South Dundas Municipal Clerk Brenda Brunt, the riders saddled up to continue on their way east on County Road 2 to the River Road/Lakeshore Drive. They then stopped in Morrisburg at the Docksyde for ice cream and a greeting from Morrisburg and District Lions Club president Bob Bechard.
Joining the cyclists in Iroquois for their ride to Cornwall was South Dundas director of recreation Ben Macpherson.
The 730 km Great Waterfront Trail Adventure began in Niagara on the Lake on Saturday, July 14. The ride took participants to Hamilton, Fort York, Oshawa, Trenton, Amherstview, Prescott, Cornwall and ended this past Saturday, July 21st in Riviere Beaudette. In all the riders experienced 41 communities in eight days, riding 45-100 km per day.
“It’s been wonderful,” said Beth Jones of Toronto during her stop in Iroquois. “This is a beautiful area. It’s lovely to see. When you drive through places you don’t get to see things this way. And everywhere we have been, people have been so welcoming.”
Jones explained that she rides her bike in Toronto, but “this is my longest ride ever and I’ll admit, it is pooping me out.”
Allison List of Buffalo, New York said she was really enjoying the ride because of its variety from the big cities to the small towns along the waterways.
She ranks the annual Great Waterfront Trail Adventure with other rides she has completed including the Buffalo to Albany Canal ride and the Albany to New York City ride on the New York State Park parks and trails.
Participants came from throughout Canada and the United States to participate in this year’s event which is organized annually by the Waterfront Regeneration Trust.