Day 13 - Loyalist Parkway

Trip Start Jul 04, 2013
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Trip End Aug 03, 2013


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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Route of the day - Today's 435km journey starts in Niagara Falls, Ontario and leads through Hamilton, Toronto, Pickering, Trenton, Belleville and along the coast of Lake Ontario to Kingston.

It was time to roll again this morning.... I managed a light breakfast, a bit of much needed laundry and I was off. Paul's dad suggested to me the Welland Canal Lock #3. It was on the way, so I stopped in. I was not fortunate, as there were no ships going through at the time. It was still a worthwhile visit since there is a museum located on site that covers the Canal and other local history.

So then I made another pass through Hamilton and into the Toronto traffic I went. It took some time, but I eventually found and fought my way to Highway 401 heading where else but East. The rest of my route today came from my friend Larry, who is from Kingston, and if I don't go his route, there will be hell to pay. I am actually glad, it is laborious to keep choosing the best route every day when considering time, sight seeing and quality of road for motorcycling purposes = limiting highway use to an absolute minimum.

The Loyalist Parkway was a nice windy road along the lake with a free ferry transfer thrown in. I rode up the hill from the highway to take a look at the Millhaven maximum security prison. It must have been shift change as a lot of uniform guards were coming and going. I was getting strange looks and with all the warning signs, I didn't even try to take a picture, I just moved on. There is a much better view of the 'old' Kingston penitentiary on the outskirts of town. I was quite surprised at the historical core of the town. I hunkered down in a inexpensive Super 8 Motel, about a 15 minute stroll from the main square. After I checked out a few places, dInner was served on a rooftop patio of a restaurant on the edge of the square. There was a live band playing and I could see and hear the bell tower. It was the only place that was truly busy. The crowd was young, I am guessing University summer school is in session.
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