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SUV blizzard
Um, no ... not in conditions like these

Next Drive

#14 – TBA

Thu. Dec. 15 through Sun. Dec. 18
Choose a date — take a poll

Many drivers are telling me that their car has gone into hibernation for the winter. So has one of mine, but I still like driving, and will be bringing a sedan or an SUV. There has never been any vehicular specification. If interest continues, then I will organize drives into the winter.

Ideas and suggestions welcome.

Stay tuned for updates.


Brockville Drivers meeting place snow sedan

Previous Drive

#13 – Merrickville/Perth

Sun. Nov. 20th

The forecast vacillated quite wildly over the prior week, and a big snowstorm ended overnight, prior to the Drive.

Only Earl and I showed up, understanding completely that the conditions were not ideal, but we set forth on a different, shorter route, first for coffee at The Village Bean in Merrickville, and then we tried to stop for lunch in Perth, but the place we had chosen was closed (although advertised as open), and we decided simply to head for home.

What we found as we headed north was much less snow than around Brockville, and almost completely clear roads. Later, the converse happened: much mushier closer to the river. (Let's call it the Lake Effect.)

I would have said that we have definite interest in continuing the drives into Autumn (and will talk about Winter later), but ... we'll see how this goes next time.


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The Idea

Starting in June of 2022, 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.

Vehicles – there are no vehicular specifications. (I have said that I discourage unicycles, and yes, that is as humorous as I get.) We are tending to attract fun-vehicles, but ... come in whatever you like to drive!

Destinations – so far (early days) the drives have been weekly to monthly, for coffee, and more recently for lunch. We have driven for times of from 30 minutes to over 2 hours each way, plus breaks.

Routes – With help from other drivers, we have been finding back-roads routes, no major highways, and I have done my durndest to avoid badly bumpy roads, and strive mightily never to drive on gravel roads at all. Without pre-driving the routes, surprises can happen (and have done so) — all manageable so far, but not always ideal.

So far, we have been meeting informally, for departure, most often in the 1000 Islands Mall parking lot, between Gabriel Pizza and Staples.

NotificationContact 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, and it also helps in general 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
Brockville, Ontario


Drives

2022

  1. Sun. June 12; Gananoque, coffee, Tim Horton's, return, 2 cars, 2 people
  2. Sun. June 26; Kemptville (there and back), coffee, Tim Horton's, 2 cars, 3 people
  3. Sat. July 2; Smiths Falls, McDonald's (there and back), coffee, 4 cars & 1 motorcycle, 6 people
  4. Thu. July 7, Calabogie (there and back), Redneck Bistro, lunch, 6 vehicles, 6 people
  5. Thu. July 14, Manotick (there and back), The Swan on the Rideau, lunch
  6. Sat. July 23, Perth, light breakfast at Coutts Coffee Roastery and Café
  7. Sun. Aug. 07, Chaffey's Lock (there and back), lunch at The Opinicon, 9 vehicles, 13 people
  8. Mon. Aug. 22, St-Albert (Fromagerie at), there and back (legs one and two), 5 vehicles, 6 people.
  9. Sat. Sep. 17, Gananoque, Laverne's Eatery, 6 vehicles, 7 people.
  10. Fri. Oct. 14, Juniper Café, Kingston, Outbound, Inbound, 4 vehicles, 5 people.
  11. Sun. Oct. 23, Opinicon Road, lunch at Ferg's Cook House (Crosby), 3 vehicles, 4 people.
  12. Sat. Nov. 05, Bedford Road, Westport, actual route, snack at the Tangled Garden Café, 7 vehicles, 9 people
  13. Sun. Nov. 10, The Village Bean, Merrickville, route through Perth, 2 vehicles, ~150 km

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; otherwise the group very easily gets separated from each other.

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 (and that has happened, and it went well).

Sunblock!

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.

Attracting Participants

Feel free to comment on:


Housekeeping

Covid-19 Pandemic

I am not yet eating at restaurants indoors.

Continuing into November of 2022, and however much we might wish it otherwise, the news from experts (as opposed to politicians) is not good. Ask me for more detail if you wish (and if you have a few minutes).

I don't want these drives to contribute to the problem, for society at large or for myself specifically. I'm still being very careful. The guidelines are minimums, the floor not the ceiling.

Non-rules

This is just a group of drivers going for a drive, so there are no explicit rules. Here however are a few useful ideas from formal driving clubs:


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Links

Route Resources

Road Conditions

Car Clubs

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):

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#ctLow #CharlesTLow #ctLowDrives -posted: 2022-07-13 -updated: 2022-11-27