The Butter Tart Ride
A few years back I rode from Collingwood to Midland for the annual Butter Tart Festival (dubbed "Ontario's Best"). Anyone in the cycling world (at least in Canada) will understand that any good ride should include the chance to devour a few butter tarts along the way. There are several amazing places to ride to from Collingwood that all have an incredible selection of these heavenly treats; Giffen’s County Market, Affairs Cafe, Kimberley General Store and of course Ravenna General Store. The great thing about the Midland Butter Tart Festival is that you can ride to one place and get the worlds best BT selection.
This ride differs from others in the the area because it is completely flat, zero climbing. From Collingwood it is a 120km return ride, so you will need a bit of time to do it. For those looking to reduce the length, you can ride out of Wasaga Beach and take 40-50 km off the ride. I have included the route below.
More information can be found at the Midland Butter Tart Festival Website:
Weekend Weather Outlook
The weekend weather looks to be a bit of a mixed bag. On Saturday, Environment Canada is calling for a 60% chance of thundershowers with the temperature around 26 degrees (humidex is around 34 degrees). The afternoon looks better for riding if you are planning to get out. Sunday looks amazing at first glance, but when you take a closer look, the winds will once again move in, just like they have all this week. Right now the weather gods are forecasting 26 km/hr winds out of the NW gusting to 40 km/hr all day. There will be no real ideal time to ride on Sunday, so when you do, make sure you head out in a northwest direction (towards Thornbury and Frogs Hollow) so you can enjoy the tail wind home.
Hope to see you on the road!