When we woke up yesterday morning, the sun was shining, but the thermometer told us it was only 4 degrees Celsius! So we donned an extra layer of clothing before driving to Peterborough again to begin another adventure.
We caught the trail in the south east corner of Jackson Park, from the parking lot off Fairburn St. at Parkhill Rd. I don’t recall ever being in this park during the whole time I lived in Peterborough. It’s beautiful!
We crossed Jackson Creek via the covered bridge, and then stopped to gather for a group photo, soliciting the help of a lovely young woman who was enjoying the morning with her little son and friends. Thank you!
Once through the park, the paved trail ended, but everything beyond that was smooth and packed either gravel or sand.
We rode through cool shadows beneath arches of trees, then emerged into the sunshine on bridges crossing rivers and creeks; through dense forests and past golden farm fields.
More amazing scenery! Notice the very clear blue sky.
We had to take care to cross some, sometimes busy, roads but were thankful that there is a tunnel running below busy Hwy. 7 at Fowler’s Corners. These trails are all built on the old railway beds, and very well maintained.
After stopping for pictures many times, two and a half hours later we were gladly seated on an outdoor patio in Omemee, more than ready for lunch at Bill’s Pizza House. Some of us had Pizza; others had Fish and Chips. Both were excellent!
An hour later we were back on the trail leading us back to Peterborough. Clouds had rolled in and a bit of wind had picked up.
On our way back through Jackson Park, we stopped to take a look at the Flood Control Weir.
And we lingered a little longer in the park admiring the ducks and the views.
By the time we pulled into the parking lot, it almost felt like time for dinner, but it was only 3:00 pm!