Hi folks – OK, so here’s the scoop on the upcoming 600km brevet that takes place this weekend, June 17th & 18th.
This ride is entitled, “Liverpool – Avonport 600”. Link to the ride is https://ridewithgps.com/routes/17546247
The ride will assemble at the Armdale Roundabout to depart Saturday morning at 6AM. The route is pretty simple. We’re heading down the south shore past Hubbards and Chester to Mahone Bay and along the coast to Riverport and the LaHave Ferry. Note that the LaHave Ferry departs the east side on the ¼ hr. & ¾ hr. Our Controle is on the other side of the ferry at the LaHave Bakery. We then continue along the coast through Petite Riviere and Vogler’s Cove to Liverpool, then head inland on Route 8 to Caledonia and onward to Annapolis Royal. There is a grocery store in Caledonia, which is half-way across.
Annapolis Royal has places to eat supper – I’ve appointed the Old Towne Pub as the controle because it’s open until 11pm. Our overnight accommodation is 25km up the road at the Bridgetown Motor Inn in Bridgetown. I have reserved a block of rooms but I will be notifying the Inn of the participants’s names on Thursday. It is unlikely that there will be anything open in Bridgetown for supper so eat in Annapolis Royal – although you can go 1.2km past the Inn to the Tim Hortons by the 101 overpass. This Tim’s is open until 11PM and opens at 5AM.
After a sleep in Bridgetown, we’ll roll up the road to the Tim’s to grab breakfast and coffee, then head up the length of the Annapolis Valley, initially on the very flat Route 1 until Kingston, then onto the also-very-flat Brooklyn Street, a large section of which was repaved last year. At Grafton we jump onto Route 221 through Lakeville then pay a visit to one of Nova Scotia’s prettiest spots, Hall’s Harbour. After Hall’s Harbour we return to the Valley to Canning where we will have late breakfast/early lunch at the Big Wig’s Diner, a funky little spot, our first controle of the day. Then onward through to Port Williams, Wolfville, and Windsor, then onward to Kennetcook, Enfield, and back into the city again. Note that the official end point is Graham’s Grove in Dartmouth; an easy cruise on the ferry will take Halifax riders back home.
The Bridgetown Motor Inn costs $98 + tax = $112.70 – I have reserved rooms with two double beds. If you intend to overnight at the Inn, please let me know if you would prefer a room to yourself or if you are willing to share.
I need to know if you plan to go, by Wednesday evening this week so that I can notify the hotel. Please let me know of your intention to participate.