I made my first forays into the West Island, both along the southern and northern shores, in 1974, the year I first got my bike. After that, there was a long hiatus. It was only in the mid-1980s, when I moved to McLynn Street, and when my car dealership was in Dollard, that I began cycling west again. With my bachelorhood in the early nineties, the West Island became by pathway to many adventures further west. It was also in the nineties that I began the tradition of making at least one annual pilgrimage out to Ste. Anne de Bellevue.
In 1974, I made my two initial forays into the West Island. Then it would be a decade or more before I returned.
I had only recently purchased a bike, and was just getting used to exploring a bit. I had already made my first ride down as far as the Lachine Lighthouse. In those days there was no bike path. I had to cycle down through Ville St. Pierre to the intersection of St. Jacques and Notre Dame, and then take St. Joseph on through the factories, to get to the waterfront. I am not sure how I knew the way. Perhaps I didn't. I feel, though, that I had been to the pier and lighthouse beforehand. Perhaps I had come that way with Chris Plate, in his car.
At any rate, it was a nice day when I got up on Easter morning. It may have been overcast, but it was warm. Chris left to go out and spend the day with his parents, who lived in Baie d'Urfé. Cathy, with whom his parents considered him to be 'living in sin', was not invited. I eventually got myself together and headed out just to 'explore'.
I rode down to the Lachine Lighthouse, to get an envigorating dose of open lake view. I then set out westward along Lakeshore, with no particular goal in mind. I rode on and on, through Dorval, around Valois Bay, and into Pointe Claire. While this may not have been my very first trip along this route, it was definately the first one where I had a chance to look around and notice my surroundings. I rode on through Beaconsfield, along Beaconsfield Boulevard, as I did not know about the scenic Lakeshore detours.
I stopped at a small shopping centre along Beaconsfield Boulevard, not far from Baie d'Urfé. While I had not planned to come out to Chris's place, I realised taht I was now quite close. I called him and told him where I was, and he invited me to come on in. So I rode a short distance further, to just inside Baie d'Urfé.
Chris's parents welcomed me, even though the house was already full of people. It must have been mid-afternoon, perhaps 15:00 or so. I was invited to stay for Easter dinner. Meanwhile, Chris had to make a side trip into Ste. Anne de Bellevue, to pick something up, so I went with him. This was probably the first time I had ever been there, for I do not recall my parents ever taking me.
I enjoyed a nice dinner there, although Chris warned me not to tell Cathy that I had been to Easter dinner with the family while she could not. When I left early evening. Behind me were black storm clould, so I rode like the wind to stay ahead of them. The wind must have been with me, for I felt that I almost flew home. As it was, I managed to get home still dry.
I did not return along that way for many a year. Once I moved to Hudson Road, it was no longer very convenient to reach Lachine.
I had become quite used to using my bike as my primary mode of transportation, and quite commonly rode out to Rosemere, almost always along Laurentian Boulevard through Cartierville, Chomedy and Ste. Rose. (Only once did I ride through central Laval, via the Pont Viau and Bois des Filion).
I set out one hot, summer day to explore westward along Gouin. I rode north to Cartierville along my typical route of the day: Down Cote Ste. Catherine to the Decarie service road, turning north; through the Decarie Circle using the bus lanes; and finally through Ville St. Laurent and past the Canadair plant and the airport (of the day) along Laurentian Boulevard (now Marcel Laurin).
When I came up the underpass on the Cartierville side, I stopped into a small shopping centre, where I bought a small carton of chocolate milk, which I attached to my carrier before riding on.
Just before my usual crossing of the Bridge, I turned left onto Gouin and followed it westward. I was all eyes, for I had never been that way before. At first it seemed very woody, but soon I was back out into houses and apartments.
I remember feeling far from the river, so when I reached Pierrefonds and saw a major street descend towards the river, crossing the railroad tracks, I followed it. I rode down to the bottom of the street, where there were new apartment blocks, and was able to get right up by the river. (Interestingly, not too many years later (1977), I would return to these apartments by the shoreline with Heidi, to pick up a second-hand bird cage for our first birds.). After a few minutes, I rode back up the hill to Boulevard Gouin.
I decided at that point to have the chocolate milk I had bought half an hour earlier. When I opened it, all the milk has solidified into butter curds. Only then did I realize how bumpy my ride along the old Boulevard Gouin had been. It must have been just like a butter churn! I had to dump it, and stop into another depanneur to buy a refreshement.
I continued westward into unknown territory: Past Ste. Genevieve, past the Ile Bizard Bridge, and into farming country. There was no Autoroute 13 to pass at the time. I was very surprised when I saw the open fields and farms. I had never imagined that farms still existed on the Island of Montreal!
I rode as far as the monument in Senneville. After stopping there briefly, I decided to head back. Perhaps it was getting late, or perhaps I did not realize how close I was to Ste. Anne de Bellevue.
Once I had a car, I probably made the drive around the western end of the island at least once.
With the opening of the Lachine Canal bike path, I began riding out to the Lachine Lighthouse from time to time. Once I moved to McLynn in 1983, the West Island became more accessible to me. There may have been rides to Ste. Anne that I do not recall. I can recall one major ride, which was the first time I rode completely around the western end of the island. After 1987, when my car dealership was on Sources Road, I explored ways to go to and fro by bicycle. At some time, I discovered the shortcut under Hwy 40, by the Kraft Plant, but I cannot recall exactly when or how.
I had been itching for a long bike ride, and finding time was difficult. One warm, Summer day in the mid-1980s (Date to be sought in records), I made a pact with Heidi. We would split the day half & half. I would get up early in the morning and head out on my ride, and then when I returned, we could do what she wanted during the second half of the day.
I do not remember many details. I rode out to Ste. Anne de Bellevue via the Lakeshore, and then, for the very first time, rode north into Senneville. I came around through Senneville, and past the monument, which had been my furthest extent thus far. I recall that it seemed to take me forever to finally get to Laurentian Boulevard. I came back via the Decarie circle and the Decarie service road.
I must have been riding for at least five hours, most likely longer. When I reached home I was exhausted and could do no more than crash immediately. Heidi was very pissed off that I did not keep up my end of the bargain.
In April of 1987, I took delivery of a new Dodge Caravan from Sources Dodge Chrysler on Source Road, just north of Hwy 40. Eventually it came to pass that had to leave the vehicle at the dealership for the whole day for servicing. I decided to try cycling home and back. I do not remember exactly when I started doing this, or how many times. I guess the first time, I must have been nosing my way back from Sources Road, as I would have driven out there with the bike in the van.
I discovered a path down Sources, over the Hwy 40, to Hyman. Turning left (east) onto Hyman, I followed it until it crossed once more over the Hwy 40. At this point it became Henri Bourassa. (On the return trip, I could cut Hyman out of the loop by descending directly to the westbound Hwy 40 service road, at the point where Henri Bourassa/Hyman crossed.) Just east of the Hwy 13 crossing, any one of a number of streets would take me down to Cote Vertu. (I probably paralleled Boulevard Thimens, but would have stayed off Thimens itself, as it was too busy). I remember riding through newly-build light industrial parks on wide, deserted streets. Once I reached Cote Vertu, I would head east.
At that point, the way gets murky. I am not sure when exacly I discovered the Kraft Plant shortcut. Without it, I would have taken Cote Vertu all the way to Laurentian Boulevard (Marcel Laurin), and then followed this south through the Decarie Circle to the Decarie service road. I tend to think this is how I was doing it at the time. (For shortcuts from the west end, such as Alexis Nihon, I did not discover until much later.)
After a while, or perhaps just on work days, I tried a new tack. I packed my bike and rode south on Sources Road to the Valois train station. There, I locked my bike and took the train. Returning in the evening, I reversed the process.
I did not continue with the bike/train experiment for long, as I found that extra fare was required from Valois. I found that a bus would bring me to the Dorval station, and so began using that avenue.
One day while I was out bicycling and exploring on my own, I came to the 'end' of 'Paré' Street, by the rail yards. The road continues past that point, but a sign indicates that it is private road. I continued on, riding between the CP yards on one side and the CN yards on the other. I was worried about being stopped, but a couple of railway pickups passed me by without comment. At the end of the road, I saw the gate and the guardhouse. I decided to just boldy ride through. After all, I was on my way out! I came out at the end of Norman Street, on the north side of Hwy 20, and returned via Ville St. Pierre and St. Jacques.
On another ride from about the same period, I checked out all the streets leading across the Town of Mount Royal Industrial park: Paré, Ferrier, Royalmount. I found they all led to dead ends, but was surprised to find a top-secret looking radar plant at the end of Royalmount.
I have quite recently (2002) re-done this short exploratory ride:
Thursday, June 13, Honda, TM Industrial rideabout, Dentist, CDN in; CDN out and down to Honda.
The period from the Fall of 1991 through to the end of the Summer of 1993 saw me taking quite a few more bicycle trips. During this, my period of bachelorhood, the bicyle was my main recreation. It was during this period that I first began taking one- and two-night short trips. Many of these trips began with a trip across the West Island. Besides the usual rides along the Lakeshore, I pioneered a West Island Route towards Laval and Two Mountains. I first began using this route in 1991 and was pretty well done with it by 1993.
It was one of the first warm, sunny days of the early Spring. The streets were dry and it was warm. I could not resist taking my bike out. I rode down through Ville St. Pierre and followed the road at the bottom of the hill around along the base of the crest, and through the narrow CP underpass, until I came out onto Norman. I rode to the end of Norman, where the guard and gate bar the way onto CN's private road. I saw the take-out stand where my dad had first parked our trailer in 1969 (and I returned later, just for the purpose of taking a picture). I carried my bike (under estimating it weight by far!) over the pedestrian walkway crossing Hwy 20 and came down on the Lachine side.
I nosed my way westward through the side streets until I came out at the still fairly empty 32nd Avenue development (just south of the Hwy 13 interchange). I rode along some of the paths in the park. Some were still covered with vast lakes of meltwater. I tried to ride through one of these 'lakes', but did not properly estimate the depth. As it grew to over a foot, my bike stalled and I had to put out my foot, which got completely soaked. It was a less-than-pleasant ride back along Prevost towards the part of Lachine that I knew, and then home. By the time I got back to Grand Boulevard, the warm day had passed and it was quite chilly!
During the first year of my divorce, I only had the communal van at the times I also had the children. If I wanted to get around when I was on my own, I had to go by bike.
It occured that a new movie that I really wanted to see was sold out downtown. I decided to see if I could not get a ticket at Dorval. So, from work I rode out along the Lachine Canal and then across Lachine and Dorval, to come up to the Dorval Circle. Alas, the movie was also sold out at the Dorval Theatre! I had a nice, pleasant evening ride back home again.
I set off to head for 'points west', unsure exactly how far I would get. This would be my very first ride west of Ste. Anne de Bellevue; the first over the bridges and across Ile Perrot; and the first ride to Dorion, Pointe des Cascades, and along the river from there.
920710-920711: Friday & Saturday: Montreal to Lancaster, Ontario and back. Full Gear dress rehearsal: 200km, 100 each way.
Setting off for the dress-rehearsal for the main trip, I leave Montreal on my fully-loaded bike at around 11:00, on a bright, sunny Friday. I had taken the day off for this event. My destination was the KOA campground at Coteau du lac, about an hour west of the city by car.
I took the usual route out to Ste. Anne de Bellevue, along the bicycle trail to Lachine, and then Lakeshore Boulevard out through Dorval, Pointe Claire, Beaconsfield, Baie D'Urfé, to Ste. Anne. For the first time I satisfied my curiosity and biked up over the Pont Galipeau, leaving the Island. The bridge was under construction and, with the squeezed traffic, the crossing was rather dangerous and not fun at all. The road continued to be pretty mean for cyclists, with four-laned, high speed traffic, on across the corner of Ile Perrot and across Pont Taschereau into Dorion. I reached Dorion about 1:00, in time to stop at a bakery for lunch. I was trying to do things by the book, drinking a couple of litres of water per hour and eating every hour or so..... [Read the Entire Account]
I wrote the following account of the ride out along the Lakeshore in 1993. By the end of the Summer of 1993, I had made the trip several times.
Montreal West to Ste. Anne de Bellevue (and points west)
- This route is best done in the cool of the morning. On Sunday morning, certain sections of the lakeshore road are closed off to all but bicycle traffic. It is about a two hour ride.
- Follow the Lachine bicycle path to its end at the Dorval Line. [For those not familiar: The Lachine Bikeway actually ends at the end of the canal. City of Lachine and Federal Parkland bikeways continue. Cross the road at the end of the Lachine Bikeway and ride on to where the canal meets the lake. There is a bridge crossing the canal at this point (near the marina).
- Turn right and cross the bridge. Follow the bikepath onto Ile Monk and follow it along there until it rejoins the road. It then stops for half a kilometre, resuming near a Dairy Queen. Continue along by the water's edge.
- In season, go straight and onto a long peninsula, with the marina on one side and the river and Kahnawake on the other. At the end of the peninsula is a bicycle ferry which will take you across to the Dairy Queen.
Follow Lakeshore Boulevard through Dorval. As it enters Pointe-Claire, you come upon the vast cove of Valois Bay. At its head, you are right next to the Hwy 20. Then you go back out to a point jutting out into the lake. At a certain point you abruptly turn right and leave the lake. The road goes on through old Pointe-Claire. Very nice. As the road enters Beaconsfield, look for the turn off for Lakeshore Rd to the left. It is very scenic and quiet, and much nicer than Beaconsfield Blvd. It rejoins Beaconsfield Blvd. at St. Charles Rd. Turn left and follow Beaconsfield Boulevard west. Go about a mile, along pretty uninteresting road. Watch carefully for Circle Rd. on the right and Neveu on the left. This street, to the left, is the hidden access point to Beaconsfield's bikepath along the lakeshore. If you miss Neveu, take Bretton Woods, St. Louis, Fieldfare, or Woodland, all to the left. The lakeshore route is much nicer, though Beaconsfield Blvd. ends up in the same place.
[I must have just discovered recently discovered the access this hidden path. I found the path while riding eastward from Ste. Anne. Later, coming westward, I could not locate its beginning. There was one ride, about this period, where I nosed my way into every cul-de-sac along the way, trying to find the way along the river's edge.]
It rejoins the main road at the Baie d'Urfé line. Follow Lakeshore Rd. through Baie d'Urfé. As you enter Ste. Anne de Bellevue, you cannot miss MacDonald's College on the right. There is a bicycle path along the road through the college grounds. It rejoins the main road as you enter the old town of Ste. Anne. At Ste. Anne, get off and walk your bike down along the promenade by the river and canal. There are lots of restuarants. Walk up to the locks. You can walk you bike across the locks and picnic on the other side, under the bridges. Passing freight trains will startle you! Watch the boats in the canal and shooting the rapids. Walk on up to the jetty leading out into Lake of Two Mountains. Plan to spend a couple of hours, at least. You can return the same way, or continue on the road north, as it enters Senneville and becomes Gouin Blvd. Senneville has some nice mansions and you even go by a couple of farms! Then the road gets busier. The return via the north is longer, and extra hour at least. Points west: Go under the bridge and follow the approach road back east, up the northern approach. Access is a couple of blocks east. Once onto the bridge, the sidewalk is fenced off from the traffic and crossing is pleasant.
[Obviously, the bike ramp access to the fenced off sidewalk had not yet been established. I remember on a later trip nosing my way around the same area and not finding the access. They must have closed off the access from the highway entrance ramp when they built the new access from the waterfront.]
Dropping onto Ile Perrot, however, you will face 3 km of hell. Narrow pavement, no paved shoulder, and cars flying by as if they were on the freeway! You will be very happy when you reach the second bridge, heading over into Dorion.
[This is different from experiences I have had in more recent crossings, when there has been a wide, paved shoulder. It must have been paved subsequent to this 1993 description.]
The exact details of my route through the West Island during my first (1993) Tour de l'Ile can be found in that account. Essentially, I found myself riding as far west as Pointe Claire, whre I nosed my way through a maze of unknown suburban streets. Starting out northward from Park Avenue and Mount Royal, we (the throng of cyclists) soon found ourselves heading up L'Acadie and over the L'Acadie Circle towards the first 'relais'. We caught up with Henri Bourassa and followed this wide boulevard westward. At Hwy 40, we dropped down along the eastbound service road (riding in the opposite direction). Our westward progress ended somewhere between Sources and St. John's road, as we were directed south through a serpentine route along Pointe Claire side streets. We eventually came out again at Cardinal, by the airport, where I remember witnessing a serious bike accident. We followed Cardinal around to cross Hwy 20 at Boulevard Bouchard, and came out once again on the Lakeshore at Stony Point Park, where there was another 'relais'. From there, we headed east along the Lakeshore through old Lachine, until we came to LaSalle Boulevard and started heading along the river....
Early in the Summer of 1993, I set out with my tent for an overnight outing. I picked for my destination the Carillon Dam, where my parents had taken me many times. The first leg of this journey began along the Lakeshore:
1. Follow the Route to Dorion through Ste. Anne, as described elsewhere... [Read the Full Original Account]
On the way across Ile Perrot, I stopped for the first time at the Canadian Tire and bought myself some more camping supplies, most notably the orange bubble wrap, to supplement my blue roll-up mattress, which did not provide adequate padding for a good sleep.
Also on this trip, returning through Oka would I find and follow the bike path that I had first identified the in the Fall of 1991. It was probably on this return trip that I first found the passage on the dam across the river at Two Mountains.
It must have been in 1992 or 1993 that I first started using the West Island/Ile Bizard approach for points north. Certainly, when I rode out as far as the Oka Monastery in the Fall of 1991, I did not know about the Two Mountains dam crossing, and so it is unlikely I would have gone via Ile Bizard and the ferry. I remember crossing the St. Eustache Bridge and going through St. Eustache on the way out. Perhaps, however, I found the dam and came in this way on the way back. In 1993 I wrote [Emphasis is new]:
NDG, Montreal West, and Cote St. Luc are effectively cut-off from points north and west. The ONLY car exit to the north is Decarie Boulevard. There is no way around this. I approached once by bicycle and tried every single nook and cranny, and there was not even room to pass a bicycle through the wall made by the CP main line tracks and the CP/CN freight yards. There IS, however, a way for bikes to avoid the Decarie/Hwy 40 interchange and the busy streets of Decarie and Laurentian Boulevards...[Read More Written in 1993]
Perhaps, then it was on the return from the 1991 Fall ride that 1)I first came back via the West Island and 2)I discovered the Kraft shortcut, while 'nosing' my way through. On whatever ride I did this, I came down Montée de Liesse from Cote Vertu, to where it ended at Hickmore. I rode east along Hickmore, looking for a route into the rail yard beyond. This brought me back up to the Cote de Liesse service road, where I headed east. I nosed my way down Barr Street, and then around by Dalton and Andover, near the end of Cavendish. The service road led me over the interchange, alongside the cars, until I came out just past Devonshire. It was then that I saw the pedestrian underpass.
How many times did I use the route described below? I cannot say. I do remember heading out that way at least once! It was either the very first, or one of the first times, I crossed over the Source Road Interchange pedestrian walkway by bicycle. Only for a short while was I accessing this via the Lakeshore. Later I started cutting across to/from Sources at the Hwy 40, as I had done earlier while going to the Dodge dealership. Certainly by 1995, I had abandoned the route completely, in favour of the faster and shorter Laval route along the river.
- [Early section of this route are along wide, treeless streets which are best done in the cool of the early morning. I suggest leaving at 8:00, no later.]
- Access from Montreal West (and points south).
- Take the Lachine Bicycle Path west to its end at the Dorval line.
- Lakeshore Blvd. west through Dorval.
- Just after coming into Pointe-Claire, as you're going around the large cove made by Valois Bay, look for Sources Blvd. north. Take Sources Blvd itself, not the route suggested for cars (which is another street.)
- Take the pedestrian overpass at Sources and the Hwy 20.
- Follow Sources Blvd. north past the airport, past the Hwy 40 interchange, past the shopping centres, through D.D.O., and on into Pierrefonds. [About 5km altogether, of wide, busy boulevard.]
- Pierrefonds Blvd starts at Sources, heading west. It has a bicycle lane on the north side. Follow Pierrefonds Blvd west several miles, [or continue north to Gouin Blvd.] past St. Jean road, until you come to Boul. Jacques Bizard, which leads to the Ile Bizard Bridge. Turn Right.
- Access from Montreal, points north of the Mountain:
Follow any road north to Gouin Blvd. Take Gouin Blvd. west. Pass the Lachapelle Bridge at Cartierville. Go through Pierrefonds. Touch Roxboro. Back into Pierrefonds. Then into Ste. Genevieve. Reach Boul. Jacques Bizard and the Ile Bizard Bridge. Turn Right. Gouin Boulevard is narrow, but has many shady sections.
- The first street after you cross the bridge is Chemin Cherrier. Turn right to head back east. Follow Chemin Cherrier along the river as it circle the island. At a certain point the main road will curve north and become Chemin de la tour. Follow it.
- You will reach the Ile Bizard - Laval ferry. It runs continuously and costs but a dollar.
I have very little recollection or record of rides to the West Island during the three year period of 1994 to 1997. I certainly made rides as far as the Lachine Lighthouse, often with my children. I believe that I must have ridden out to Ste. Anne at least once each season. I find one accounting entry for:
|25-May-95||Bike Snack: RK @ Ste. Anne de B.||-$3.00|
which would indicate a ride one that day.
Also in 1995, Sheryl accompanied me on our first Tour de l'Ile together, where we rode as far west as Pointe Claire.
June 6, 1997: I set out with Sheryl to introduce her to my route out along the Lakeshore. We rode as far west as Pointe Claire Village, where we stopped and had lunch at Clydes Restaurant. Sheryl was already pretty tired, so we decided to return from that point. She found it to be a long ride back, especially when she had to climb the final hill on St. Jacques.
|06-Jun-97||Clydes Rst. Pte Claire (bike ride w sh)|
June 8, 1997: Sheryl and I rode in the Tour de l'Ile with Claudia and Gilbert. We rode as far west as Sources Road before coming south to return along the Lakeshore through Lachine.
July 17,1997: I made a ride (Read account) out to Ste. Anne de Bellevue, where I encountered Claudia & Gilbert by chance. They told me of the Two Mountains/Oka circuit, from which they were returning, and whetted my appetite for the same ride.
July, 1997: Possibly a week or two later, I made the same ride as Claudia & Gilbert (Read account), returning via the Senneville and the north shore.
There were surely other rides out to Ste. Anne, but the one that I have documented is my second Two Mountains/Oka Tour (Read Account), this time returning via the Lakeshore.
The following are recorded in my Bike Log, which I began keeping in 1999.
Palm Sunday, March 28, 1999: Home -> Lachine -> Home
This was my first ride of the season. It was a warm, sunny day, but was still very cool. I took my red bike. I rode down through VSP to the Canal at the bridge. The canal was still iced over. I rode along the canal bikeway. There were still some patches of snow and ice to cross. I rode to the end, where I noticed they were working on a new lock for the canal. I rode on the landward side, along Monk Island way, as far as the lighthouse.
I returned via the inland path. At the end, this was still severely ice blocked. I had to walk the bike in several places.
I got back at 6:00pm. 3-6, 3 hrs.
Easter Saturday, April 3, 1999: Lachine Canal -> Lighthouse -> Lachine Canal
I brought my and Alex's bike to the parking lot by the bridge. We rode on out, as far as the lighthouse, then back. I took about an hour and a half, but it was enough for Alex.
Latter June and early July of 2000 was the time of my preparation and training for my New York bike ride:
Thursday, June 29: to/from Lachine Lighthouse: 6:30-7:45, 1 hr cycling prep.
Friday, June 30: to/from Lachine Lighthouse: 6:30-7:45, 1 hr cycling prep.
Saturday, July 1: to/from Lachine Lighthouse: 6:30-7:45, 1 hr cycling prep.
Sunday, July 2: to/from Lachine Lighthouse: 6:30-7:45, 1 hr cycling prep.
Monday, July 3: in via VSP & Lachine bikeway: 7:00 to 8:00, 1 hr cycling prep, home via Costco & Lachine BP to St. Henri & up. In solid rain coming in.
Tuesday, July 4: : in via VSP & Lachine bikeway: 7:00 to 8:00, 1 hr cycling prep, home via St. Antoine
Wednesday, July 5, : in via VSP & Lachine bikeway: 7:00 to 8:00, 1 hr cycling prep, home via St. Antoine
Thursday, July 6, : in via VSP & Lachine bikeway: 7:00 to 8:00, 1 hr cycling prep, home via Jazz Fest, to 9:00pm, then via St. Antoine. Pop spoke at Decarie
Friday, July 7: to/from Lachine Lighthouse: 6:30-7:45, 1 hr cycling prep.
Saturday, July 8: to/from Lachine Lighthouse: 6:30-7:45, 1 hr cycling prep.
Sunday, July 9: to/from Lachine Lighthouse: 6:30-7:45, 1 hr cycling prep.
Monday, July10 in via VSP & Lachine bikeway: 7:00 to 8:00, 1 hr cycling prep, home via St. Antoine
Tuesday, July 11: : in via VSP & Lachine bikeway: 7:00 to 8:00, 1 hr cycling prep, home via St. Antoine
Wednesday, July 12, : in via VSP & Lachine bikeway: 7:00 to 8:00, 1 hr cycling prep, home
Thursday, July 13, : in via VSP & Lachine bikeway: 7:00 to 8:00, 1 hr cycling prep, home
Monday, July 17 to Sunday July 23: 7 day, 400-mile bike trip to New York City
Saturday, July 29. One hour bike ride down to Lachine Lighthouse & back
Wednesday, Aug 2. One and a half hour ride down to Lachine Lighthouse & back, with Sheryl.
Friday, Aug 4. One and a half hour ride down to Lachine Lighthouse & back, with Sheryl and Virginia