I was nervous about the distance of August’s Sweet Ride route. Eighteen kilometres is a bit lengthy for a leisure ride, and this leisure rider had her work cut out for her.
When I arrived at the newish Bite on Cork St., I was greeted by Terri and Jennifer, triathaloners and all around fit females, and I wondered how I was going to keep up, let alone lead this ride. Yikes.
Fortunately, they brought along their leisure riding bikes, so that helped keep the pace in check. It was 2 for 1 milkshake day at Bite, and if you’re doing the math, no I didn’t help myself to a second. We all opted for the orange creamsicle-like shake. When we asked our shake maker about the ingredients, he told us it was “deceptively easy”: orange juice and vanilla ice cream. (Sorry if you get fired for sharing the secrets dude!). Not too sweet, not too tart, and all yummy.
The salads and sandwiches at Bite looked super tasty, and the shelves inside are lined with pantry-stockers like jam, chutney, and house-made granola. Carrot Cake Jam: I’ll be back for you.
We headed through the city’s west end on our way to the next sweet stop (and pie!), and, halfway to our destination serendipitously happened across the most enthusiastic group of lemonade stand proprietors I’ve ever seen. I mean, how could we not make an unscheduled stop? (Seriously. Milkshakes make you thirsty.)
When you set up a lemonade stand as a kid, did you offer real lemons? Me either.
We sauntered through mostly downhill suburban neighbourhoods until we hit the city’s edge, and before we knew it we were cycling alongside cornfields and gravel shoulders. We all agreed that was one of our favourite things about Guelph: the ability to get out of the city, and into the country, in 10 minutes or less (give or take).
Mosborough Country Market is only ten minutes from my place, and I’ve made a habit of popping in once a week to grab a few fresh things for dinner. When Terri and Jennifer said they’d never been, I could hardly wait to get there. Clearly, they enjoyed themselves.
In addition to their own produce, Mosborough Country Market offers locally grown fruit and veggies, naturally raised meat from farms nearby, and baked-on-site sweet treats. In the fall, you can pick your own pumpkin from their giant field.
But back to those sweet treats. We sat outside and split a mini strawberry-rhubarb pie (though there’s nothing in the photo below to indicate as such), and I think we each picked up a little something for later in the day. The rest of our ride was “powered by pie”, as we cruised along unoccupied naturalized trails and wide, curvy suburban streets with bike lanes on our way back to the city’s core.
We made a minor route change and ended up at Baker Street Station, a popular local pub with a plethora of interesting brews. We caught our breath, and cooled down with pints, and before we knew it was nearly dinner time.
I had a little trouble walking the next day (feel the burn!) but it was a lovely route, and one I’ll definitely be re-cruising on a future ride.
Speaking of future rides, the next Sweet Ride Guelph is happening Saturday, September 28! Click on over to the Facebook page to RSVP. Details on the route and stops will be posted over the next couple of weeks.