31 Jul

I had a great ride today with Kristin, her first time riding with me. She’s a great sport, we rode some gravel, and had to bail on Swamp road because it became impassable. Go figure, it’s appropriately named. Love all the twisties in the highlands and occasionally get a long distance vista view. Great lunch at the Redneck Bistro in Calabogie. We crossed over the historic rail bed of the K&P in a couple of locations today, at one point riding on the old bed to what is now a dead end at the long gone causeway crossing Calabogie Lake. Want to know more history, follow this link: I’ve had a personal connection with Calabogie for about 45 years and I was flooded today with many great memories.

I found some old crests that would have been on my ski jacket in about 1974. Calabogie crest


Fall River Road

14 Jul

I rode twisted backroads from Kingston in the rain to Long Lake and visited with family at a Long Lake cottage. I met up with another biker ( Greg) at the Maples Restaurant in Sharbot Lake and helped him reroute himself to Algonquin Park via some if my favorite roads. I hope he doesn’t get terribly lost and I look forward to a email from him in a week or so. I explored some dirt/gravel and saw some cedar rail fences and an old log home that deserved some pictures.​

Tiny Ticks

5 Jul

Luckily my young Toller is trusting and allowed my to remove this very tiny black legged tick from her upper right eyelid. I know because I brushed het yesterday in the late afternoon that it hadn’t been there for long; and it wasn’t engorged. Although even a short time came sufficientl for the bacteia to infect her.​

This morning I found another tick.
This one even smaller and on her left lower eyelid. What a difficulty to remove! The tick key didn’t work so I had to use tweezers. It was so well attached that I did pull out some of Billi’s hair before finally getting the tick. Both my wife and I worked on her for about 15 minutes and Billi was incredibly calm and well behaved. I doubt that we could have done this to a person.

Later this afternoon I removed a very small tick on my own leg. It could only have been attached for less than two hours. I’ve taken the suggested dosage of 200mg of doxycycline as a precaution.​
Today, July 15th I just removed another small tick from Billi’s upper left eyelid. Just her eyes, I’ve never seen a tick anywhere else on her, even unattached in her fur! July 17 another tick on her eyelid, and had only been attached for possibly 3 hours or less. I’ve made a removal tool from a plastic drinkit straw by cutting a small “V” shaped notch in the tip. Using the straw is the least likely way to hurt her eye and this method doesn’t squeeze the tick.​It certainly helps if your dog is calm ans well behaved. This time Billi actually jumped up onto the picnic table that we have been using for each removal procedure. She always gets a well deserved treat. I can’t imagine but I think we’ve trained her how to do this as her “tick removal trick.”

Prince Edward County

8 Jun

Sammy & I had an enjoyable ride today, her first ride of the season. Travelling to a few places that previously we’ve only gone by sailboat it was fascinating to see the same place from two very different perspectives. We’ve anchored many times for the night at both Pryner’s Cove and near Waupoos Island. But today travelling by road we found some beautiful dry-wall stone fences along Morrison Point Road, higher than I’ve seen before. The farm in the background is owned by the Burkinshaw family, who have an extensive blog at

Burkinshaw family farm

Earlier in the day we stopped at Fifth Town Artisan Cheese and sampled many delicious kinds of cheese, all goat or water buffalo. We didn’t have a cooler so were limited as to what we could buy. We did get some goat milk curds and sat in the shade on their patio to enjoy ….. mmmm good. My SPOT map will help you find it.

Because of my land surveying background I’m curious about boundaries, and I have an interest in photographing old stone fences, so I’ve done a bit of sleuthing on the internet. I also have distant UEL family roots.

Marysburgh Township maps showing the lot and concession cadastral fabric; a detailed map can be viewed at

Morrison Point Road is the concession line between 1st concession north of Black River and 1st concession south of Black River. My picture of the stone wall was taken approximately at lot 3 in the 1st concession North of Black River; specifically by me GArmin Zumo GPS at N 43° 58.920′  W 077° 00.436′

A map of lesser resolution can be downloaded

Thanks to  ….

“The United Empire Loyalists

This changed with the arrival of some 500 Loyalists (plus disbanded British and German allied troops) subsequent to the American Revolution. Captain Justine Sherwood carried out a reconnaissance survey of Prince Edward in 1783, and the following year, surveyor Collins came ashore at Prinyer’s Cove, erected a log cabin and began to survey the “5thtownship”, now Marysburg, the first to be done in the County. The first Loyalist settlers, led by Lieutenant Archibald MacDonnell, arrived in the fall of 1784 at MacDonnell’s Cove, later named Prinyer’s Cove after his son-in-law, and began to build their cabins and clear the land.

This early settlement was followed by similar activity in the area up the shores of Picton Bay, then called Grand Bay, across the old portage to East and West Lakes and to Wellington. The Daniel Reynold’s Loyalist house was finished and he and his new bride moved there in 1792. It has been carefully restored and still functions as a residence. Interestingly, both these areas, although not tilled until the early 1800’s, reflected the influence of nature: they are easily accessible by water, and have good soils.

Throughout the 1800’s, Prinyer’s Cove was used by commercial schooners as a safe haven. There were several docks, where local products could be loaded onto the ships. Many other safe harbours in The County received similar use throughout that Century, including Picton Bay, Weller’s Bay, Bay of Quinte, Smiths Bay and South Bay.

The Marysburgh Settlement

Among the early Loyalist settlers in Marysburgh Township was a group of about forty disbanded German mercenaries who, by 1784, had begun to clear land and cultivate crops in the vicinity of Waupoos. This was one of the earliest German-speaking settlements in the province. (On the grounds of the Marysburgh Museum, Waupoos Road, off County Road #8, Waupoos)”

Newfoundland Revisited

6 Jun

I watched the movie Maudie last night, based on the life of folk artist Maud Lewis of Nova Scotia. The film location is in NL and some of the scenes are in Keels at the general store. It brought back great memories for me of riding there in 2013 with my friend Jim.​

Aerostich RoadCrafter washing

15 May

By the time I got home my suit was nicely soiled by road grime splashed and sprayed at me by trucks on wet roads. I used our home front loading washing machine after removing all of the body armour and opening all pockets and zippers before washing. It’s a two step process using Nikwax products. ​
Firstly, washing in warm water with 100ml of Tech Wash and warm water on heavy duty cycle with high spin; it’s important to have the suit thoroughly rinsed with no soap reside. Secondly waterproofing with 200ml of TX. Direct wash-in using warm water on delicate cycle and low spin.

I partially dried the suit outside in the sun and finished it in our dryer set on low heat. I believe that the temperature of the dryer improves the waterproofing.
Then I spent about 30 minutes carefully picking out the “cro jam” from all the Velcro.​

Nice to be home

13 May

It’s nice to be home safe and cozy warm and dry. Most of this trip has been wet and cold, I wore my winter gloves or my insulated rain gloves all but 2 days.
On the William Darrel, the Horne’s international ferry from Cape Vincent NY to Wolfe Island, Ontario, I was the solo vehicle and passenger. I’ve had my Suzuki on many ferries but never been the only fare.
The picture is aboard the Wolfe Islander III looking towards Kingston.​