Dog Days of Summer

We’re officially in the dog days of summer. That time of year when you’re getting pretty weary of the roads close to home. Those same roads you were dying to ride back in April when the temperature was 4C and the wind out of the North made bundling up and wearing booties a necessity. Now there’s no thought given to what to wear. It’s shorts and jersey time, hallelujah. However, the beautiful weather doesn’t add interest to tired routes. The obvious solution, if you’re lucky enough, is to go further afield and ride places that are new. I’ve been fortunate to fit a ride in on a quick family trip to Alberta, as well as take in some stellar riding around Park Rapids, Minnesota. Closer to home, however, has also afforded me a couple of routes I’ve never ridden before. Yesterday, I linked together a Tour de French towns, taking in Lorette, Ste. Anne, Richer and La Broquerie on a route that had it’s share of gravel (river road south of Lorette), great pavement (east from Landmark), and quiet traffic (Dawson Trail east from Ste. Anne). Each town has its own impressive Catholic cathedral, but if I had to give a nod to which one was most impressive, I’d have to give it to Ste. Annes. I think my next local riding adventure might include a gravel route to Grunthal, or something in that direction, I hear there’s a kicking bakery there…

In something totally unrelated, does anyone know if the work on Hwy. 12 will include some form of paved shoulder??? Anything, even a measly foot of paved shoulder, would make the #12 a bit less dangerous.