Experience the Route – The 2014 Bike Rally
The Bike Rally is not a race – it is a community of people who undertake an amazing journey together.
Road Safety, Food, Wellness and a host of volunteers support you along the way. All your training has brought you to this point. Find a pace that is comfortable and safe for you. And, take time to enjoy the ride.
Below are highlights from the 2014 Bike Rally – and thanks go to Mark Fisher for videos of Bike Rally 2010.
Note: Route maps and other details for the 17th year of PWA’s Friends For Life Bike Rally in 2015 will be available prior to departure.
Day 1: Sunday, July 27, 2014
The Bike Rally departs early Sunday morning, starting out from Allan Gardens, heading west on Gerrard, then riding up to Bloor/Danforth.
Toronto to Port Hope - 107 km
The Day 1 route follows familiar training ride routes before heading into the countryside. The roads can be busy as we travel parts of the Kings Highway and rolling hills make the afternoon challenging, but the energy is high as we start out, those rolling hills make for some pretty views, and the day ends in a beautiful campsite overlooking the lake.
26 km: 1st Break - Adams Park, Scarborough
62 km: Lunch - GM Headquarters, Oshawa
85 km: 2nd Break - Bond Head Park, Bond Head
107 km: Campsite - The Haskills Farm
The Haskills Farm is a gorgeous location, high atop a cliff overlooking Lake Ontario just before Port Hope. Swimming is available off the rocky shore. For today only, we head offsite to shower, so starting at 3:00 pm, buses depart every 30 minutes to take participants to the local sports complex.
Starting at 3:00 pm, buses depart every 30 minutes to take participants to the local sports complex for showers.
Highlights: Our emotional departure, a scenic afternoon ride and a gorgeous camping field overlooking Lake Ontario complete the first day.
Day 2: Monday, July 28, 2014
Port Hope to Adolphustown - 128 km
At 128 km, day 2 is the longest day of the Bike Rally. We ride through the countryside now, crossing the swing bridge at Murray Canal before we stop for lunch at Henderson House in Consecon. The afternoon is spent riding along the lake as we head to Picton – and up the largest hill of the ride.
We follow the scenic and historic Loyalist Parkway (Hwy 33) which connects Prince Edward County with the mainland via the Glenora Ferry. Once we’re on the other side, it's a short ride to camp … the longest day of the ride is over!
36 km: 1st Break - Wicklow Beach Park, Wicklow
65 km: 2nd Break - Brighton Road Swing Bridge, Murray Canal, Lovett
79 km: Lunch - Henderson B&B, Consecon
100 km: 3rd Break - Schroedter’s Market at Huff’s Corners (just outside Picton)
128 km: Campsite - U.E.L. Heritage Centre/Park Adolphustown is a lakeside retreat. Swimming and showers are both available; however, showers are limited and may have long wait times. We recommend taking an eco-shower on the beach. Showers take $0.25/$1.00.
Highlights: The swing bridge at Murray Canal, Henderson House, the ride along Lake Ontario after lunch, the Glenora Ferry and riding through downtown Picton.
Day 3: Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Adolphustown to Kingston - 51 km
Today we ride into Kingston dressed in red. Day 3 is our shortest day – just 51km – and marks the halfway point of Bike Rally. It’s Red Dress Day and everyone looks fabulous as we roll along, creating a long ribbon of riders.
We ride along the edge of Lake Ontario and then the Bay of Quinte as we approach the historic town of Kingston. Lunch is an amazing buffet lunch at Queen's University. And there is no camping tonight … instead we sleep in the dorms at Queen's and have a chance to catch up on some laundry.
22 km: 1st Break - Finkle Shore Park, Bath
51 km: Kingston arrival
No campsite! We stay at Queen's Unversity. Laundry facilities are available or take clothes to a local "fluff and fold".
Highlights: Cycling along the bay, looking fabulous in our red attire, the buffet lunch at Queen's University, having the afternoon off, laundry facilities, showers and a bed.
See also: Welcome to Kingston
Day 4: Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Kingston to Johnstown - 112 km
We start our day early, well rested, and with clean laundry. After a hot breakfast from the Queen's University cafeteria, we get back on the road towards Gananoque, the Thousand Islands and lunch at the best swimming spot of the week.
Today, we take time to recognize our Top Fundraisers. Riders that raise over $6000 and Crew that raise over $1,000 are acknowledged with gold jerseys.
31 km: 1st Break - Gananoque Town Park, Gananoque
69 km: Lunch - Brown’s Bay Park by Thousand Islands – beautiful for swimming.
86 km: 2nd Break - Armagh S. Price Park, Brockville
112 km: Campsite - Grenville Park Campground is located just past Prescott, at the foot of the bridge to the USA. Swimming and showers ($0.25) are both available.
Highlights: Hot breakfast at Queen's University, Gananoque, cycling through the Thousand Islands Parkway, Brockville and the best swimming spot of the week.
Day 5: Thursday, July 31, 2014
Johnstown to Lancaster - 109 km
Today is Poz Day – a day to reflect on why we are riding. Participants who are living with HIV are able to self-identify by wearing a Poz jersey in a safe and welcoming environment - there is no stigma attached to being HIV positive here.
Today’s ride takes us along the Long Sault Parkway and includes a stop at Dairy Queen in Lancaster – where, for today only, $0.50 of every sale will go to PWA. With the number of calories we've burned, we can afford to splurge!
We finish our day with the Candlelight Celebration – after dinner we gather on the beach, weather permitting, to celebrate our journey. It is a time to reflect upon and celebrate the people in our lives that have been affected by HIV/AIDS. And for so many participants, the Candlelight Celebration is why they say, "The Bike Rally will change your life."
30 km: 1st Break - Morrisburg Beach Park, Morrisburg
61 km: Lunch - Milles Roches Island
79 km: 2nd Break - Cornwall Aquatic Centre, Cornwall
104 km: Dairy Queen
109 km: Campsite - Glengarry Park Campground is a beautiful wooded campground nestled along the shores of the St. Lawrence.
Highlights: The stunning Long Sault Parkway, Cornwall's bike paths, Dairy Queen, tenting amongst the tall pines and the emotional Candlelight Celebration.
For so many participants, the Candlelight Celebration is why they say, "The Bike Rally will change your life." After dinner we gather on the beach, weather permitting, to celebrate our journey. It is a time to reflect upon and celebrate the people in our lives that have been affected by HIV/AIDS.
Day 6: Friday, August 1, 2014
Lancaster to Montréal - 100 km
The last day of the ride! Today, we wear our official Bike Rally Jerseys and Crew T-shirts along with a red ribbon and Bike Rally pin. We head into Montréal – stopping to mark our crossing the border into Quebec – riding mostly along bike paths on the way into the city. It's a time to enjoy the scenery.
30 km: 1st Break - Parc Wilson, Coteau-du-Lac, QC
55 km: Lunch - Shamrock Park on L’ile Perrot, QC
86 km: Rendezvous - Lachine Canal. Group photos
We assemble at the last rest stop just shy of Montréal (at the beginning of the Lachine Canal) and then ride single file for the last 14 km into the heart of Montréal. It’s an emotional end to a wonderful ride as we arrive in Montréal for Divers/Cité. We arrive to cheers and tears and pride – congratulations, you did it!
Tonight we celebrate together at Sky Bar, dancing and sharing the events from the week, our joy, our pride, with colleagues, friends and family.
See also: Welcome to Montréal
Last Updated on Sunday, 30 November 2014 20:48