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Cyclists pedal into region as part of Great Lakes adventure

Cyclists pedal into region as part of Great Lakes adventure

Jim Ivey is looking forward to exploring the Simcoe County Loop. Jim Ivey is excited to be exploring some new roads. The Oakville resident is…

Wednesday, Aug 10

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Jim Ivey is looking forward to exploring the Simcoe County Loop. Jim Ivey is excited to be exploring some new roads.

The Oakville resident is part of a group of cyclists now touring the Simcoe County Loop section, which recently became part of the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail that stretches from Sault Ste. Marie in the north to Leamington in the southwest to the Québec border.

“I love the freedom you get from cycling as well as the endorphin fix and camaraderie,” says Ivey, who was just one of the many members of a group called the Great Waterfront Trail Adventure riders gathered in Penetanguishene Tuesday afternoon to help officially launch the new connecting trail system from Simcoe County to the larger trail system.

“This is my sixth year doing this (the Great Lakes route) and each year has been an amazing adventure and allowed me to explore new areas. You get to see places you’d never see if you were in a car.”

And while the riders don’t carry the typical assortment of loaded panniers, tents and sleeping bags affixed to their bikes as some cyclists, Ivey says it’s a great way to travel, given the amount of support they receive with trucks carrying their supplies and offering food and first aid from one stop to the next.

“CAA is also a wonderful partner,” he says, referring to the automobile association that helps bikers when they’re having mechanical issues and can’t ride.

“It’s very well organized and we’re usually welcomed in a new place […]

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