Brockville (Ontario) Drivers
-for those would like group drives
#8 – St-Albert Cheese
Mon. Aug. 22, 9:00 a.m.
Preliminary routes, St-Albert
One driver has suggested St-Albert Cheese in St-Albert, Ontario). One could observe the cheese-manufacturing process (some pandemic restrictions in effect, according to their website) prior to having lunch from their restaurant. There is outdoor seating.
(The route-suggester and I dare you not to buy some cheese while you're there!)
This is a longer drive than previous ones — 118 km there and 147 km return — although one could zip home independently more directly if desired (what, and miss out on something?!). It can't be as curvaceous as the previous route #7, which is i) too much to ask for every time, and ii) it will be a lovely and fun drive.
We're still hashing out the details, but are settling on Mon. Aug. 22. A (prompt!) 9:00 a.m. departure (1000 Islands Mall, between Gabriel Pizza and Staples) would allow time on arrival to view the cheese-making prior to taking some nourishment.
Comments and suggestions welcome as always.
#7 – Sun. Aug. 7
-cars assembling for drive to Chaffey's Lock
Two of us got separated from the group at the first stoplight in Brockville, took a wrong turn, but got back on course easily enough, and rejoined the group later. See the non-rules below for how other groups handle this (but we were fine).
We had a lovely meal at The Opinicon (most of us — I lost track of several participants[!]). Some ate on the patio, some indoors.
Another driver, who led the outbound leg, had also prepared more readable instructions (thank you!), and brought printed copies.
Many short gravel sections (construction) along Yonge Mills Road caused us more trouble than anticipated. We just slowed and crawled across each of them (and got through it), but would rather not have had that.
Brockville Drivers exists simply for people who, like me (Charles T. Low), would like a group drive once in a while (cars, motorcycles, any road vehicle, really). In our short history to date, we have done shorter drives, longer drives, and no overnight trips (yet?).
Safety – the main thing will be safety, of course, completely on each driver's individual recognizance. This is not a club or any formal type of organization, the events not being sanctioned by any recognized body. The drives are nothing more than an offer to join others for an occasional motor excursion. I explicitly assume no liability whatsoever. I intend these, speaking only for myself, as 100% alcohol-free events.
Destinations – so far (early days) the drives have been roughly weekly, for coffee, and most recently for lunch. We have driven for 30 minutes to 2 hours each way, plus breaks.
Routes – I have been finding back-roads routes, no major highways, and have done my durndest to avoid badly bumpy roads, and strive mightily never to drive on gravel roads at all.
So far, we have been meeting informally, for departure, in the 1000 Islands Mall parking lot, between Gabriel Pizza and Staples.
Notification – Contact me if and when you would like to be on a (very private) notification list. I will attempt to contact interested parties individually, once, and anything further will only be with your explicit permission. Notifications could be through email, or potentially through an email list service such as MailChimp (could be necessary as numbers grow). I have also been posting notices on my personal FB-account.
Weather – most drives are
rain or shine (although I do intend to be intelligent about that), without a rain-date unless explicitly specified.
Some of the restaurants require reservations, so it helps if you RSVP as early as you are able.
Some of us have floated the idea of whether to continue with drives throughout the winter. The idea has some ... er ... traction!
Charles T. Low
- Sun. June 12; Gananoque, coffee, Tim Horton's, return, 2 cars, 2 people
- Sun. June 26; Kemptville (there and back), coffee, Tim Horton's, 2 cars, 3 people
- Sat. July 2; Smiths Falls, McDonald's (there and back), coffee, 4 cars & 1 motorcycle, 6 people
- Thu. July 7, Calabogie (there and back), Redneck Bistro, lunch, 6 vehicles, 6 people
- Thu. July 14, Manotick (there and back), The Swan on the Rideau, lunch
- Sat. July 23, Perth, light breakfast at Coutts Coffee Roastery and Café
- Sun. Aug. 07, Chaffey's Lock (there and back), lunch at The Opinicon, 9 vehicles, 13 people
Feel free to suggest dates, times, places of your own choosing (duration, distance, activity, frequency, etc.). Feel free to comment on the roads — looking for safe, fun and interesting, will not damage the vehicles or overly jostle the occupants. Feel free to comment on the durations and distances of the drives.
Starting with full fuel suggested.
If the group would like a drive on a date when I am unavailable, then I will try to help to facilitate it, as able.
It has happened that some of us returned to the start-point, rather than head straight home, and that has led to some spontaneous and very enjoyable conversation with or without another restaurant patio-meal.
I am not yet eating at restaurants indoors.
-from the CBC on June 6:
The group advises anyone in a crowded indoor public setting to wear a high-quality mask and to ventilate as much as possible by opening doors and window for air flow.
Anyone over the age of 18 who hasn't had a third dose of a COVID-19 vaccine should "get it now," the group says.
Anyone age 60 or over or immunocompromised should also take their fourth dose now, it says, noting while updated vaccines targeted to newer variants might be available this fall, "it makes sense to get the vaccines you are eligible for now."
This is just a group of drivers going for a drive, so there are no explicit rules. Here however are a few ideas from formal driving clubs:
- No passing of other drive participants.
- Keep the car behind you in view, and make sure they can see you turning at corners.
- Keep the car ahead of you in view; it makes it very difficult for anyone to get lost.
- Drive within your sight-lines.
- Drive your own drive. If you find the pace unsuitable, then at the next stop, move further forward or backward in the queue.
- Ontario highways
- Municipal roads
- Leeds-Grenville county roads
- Stormont, Dundas & Glengarry, no highway construction map(?)
- Lanark county roads
Several other wonderful local car clubs exist, their focus being elsewhere than on driving, to my knowledge. I hope that I'm not stepping on anyone's toes, and please let me know, if so. So far, the Brockville Drivers initiative seems to have found a very receptive audience!
This is a very partial list (suggestions welcome):
#ctLow #CharlesTLow #ctLowDrives -posted: 2022-07-13 -updated: 2022-08-09