The Motherload – Loop 2 – A Photo Journal

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Last weekend I decided to continue my three-loop version of An Adventure Cyclist’s, The Motherload. With lots of gravel, crazy climbs, no winter maintenance roads, the Garmin confusing maze known as Devils Glen, and a 15km paved downhill section returning to the start, it didn’t disappoint.

You can also read about my first loop experiences here, The Motherload – Loop 1 – A Tale of 7 Hills.

Climbing from Creemore

The loop today started on a cool and foggy morning in the Town of Creemore.

Immediately upon leaving town Caroline St. turns into Concession Road 5 and the first of two big climbs began. At 210m of climbing over 3.6km, it looked pretty intimidating, but with no major sections above a 10% grade and fresh legs, it felt almost easy.

Climbing Out of Creemore – Concession Road 5

With a light drizzle and heavy fog it felt like I was pedalling into an Abyss of unknown future adventure.

Climbing Out of Creemore – Into the Abyss

A short while later I turned onto Mulmur Nottawasaga Townline, and the first of many “No Exit” sections on the day.

Although branded as “No Exit” the roads were basically perfect.

Entering Mulmur Nottawasage Townline

Not only were they perfect, but downhill. Where I climbed over 200m at the start, I then lost it all over a fantastic 5km stretch, easily flying over the hills you see below with barely a pedal.

Flying Down 4 Line N

Of course, what goes up must go down, and in cycling, what goes down, usually has to go back up, and with that, the second big climb of the day.

This time another 200m gradual climb over almost 4km of paved roads.

Athough there wasn’t much to see looking back, the view down 2nd Line EHS to Terra Nova made it all worthwhile.

Looking Down 2nd Line E to Terra Nova

1st Line EHS North of Side Road 25

It was at precisely this point that my loop ended a few weeks back, and one of the best parts of today began.

Entering 1st Line E from Side Road 25

1st Line EHS starts easy with a perfect section of double track.

1st Line E north of Side Road 25

Then quickly transitions into rutted-out ATV tracks.

Getting Bumpy – 1st Line E north of Side Road 25

Followed by the fantastic water crossing you see below.

Fyi, I don’t feel like the picture does it justice, but it was one of the highlights of the trip.

1st Line EHS Stream Crossing

Flying Down Concession Road 10 into Dunedin

The 3km stretch of 1st Line EHS immediately transitions into a 10km stretch of gravel into Dunedin.

Leaving 1st Line E via Side Rd 30

The push into Dunedin past Noisy River Provincial Park was a fantastic downhill stretch, losing 170m over 5.8km.

The White Gravel of Concession Road 10

Although marked as “No Winter Maintenance”, I’m not sure why, as the road was basically perfect in every way.

No Winter Maintenance – Concession Road 10

Flying down Concession Road 10 to Dunedin.

Concession Road 10 – No Winter Maintenance?

Stopping for a quick rest in Dunedin.

Resting in Dunedin

Devils Glen

If there was anywhere that things went wrong, Devil’s Glen was it, and simply because my Garmin couldn’t keep up.

I will note that I love my Garmin Edge 530. It’s a fantastic little device that lasts forever on a single charge, plays nice with my Varia Radar, and in general, works quite well. Where it sucks though, is single track, with lots of twists and turns and different branching options, the processor in the Garmin can’t keep up, often leading me the wrong way and confusing itself into oblivion.

Where my Garmin completely failed me, Ride with GPS did not. After too many reboots of my confused Garmin, walking down wrong ways and back, I decided to give up, pull out my phone, and turn on the Ride with GPS, and moments later, I was back on track.


The turn into Devils Glen started with a short but punchy climb up Sideroad 15 & 16 Nottawasaga.

Entering Devil’s Glen Via Sideroad 15 and 16 Nottawasaga

The view from the top of Sideroad 15 & 16.

Climbing into Devils Glen

At the top, the trail quickly transitions into the single track and double track of Devil’s Glen, at the Western Terminus of the Devil’s Glen to Port Hope Ganaraska Hiking Trail.

Entering Devil’s Glen at the Western Terminus of the Ganaraska Hiking Trail

The first of many GPS errors took me off the track, to this excellent view.

If I can give any advice to anyone passing through here, it’s simply to stay high. I felt like, and my Garmin seemed to indicate that I should be moving downhill, and that was simply not true. If you find that you’re losing elevation fast, you’re probably going the wrong way.

The View from Devil’s Glen

The second GPS error brought me 500m down an insanely wet and barely walkable stretch of switchback. I’m sharing this picture because it was almost too precarious to take a picture anywhere else.

Taking the Wrong Trail in Devil’s Glen

The Return to Creemore

After too much hiking and not enough biking, it was time to put the camera away and make up some time.

Shortly after exiting Devil’s Glen, I was back on hardpack gravel, riding past the town Singhampton, home to the only convenience store on the day, followed by a 10km out and back to the start of what will eventually be my third loop of The Motherload.

The day’s gravel ended at County Road 91, where I was presented with this amazing view, and the best downhill section I’ve ever ridden, a 15km stretch of pure dowhill right back into Creemore.

The View from County Road 91

Quick photo break.

Instagram Log Shot on Station St

Creemore

A few photos from in and around Creemore.

Creemore Recreational Centre
Creemore Springs Brewery
Bank Cafe
Flat White and Blueberry Scone from Bank Cafe
A Few Chickens Joined Me For My Snack

Thanks for reading,

Cory

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