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London to Port Stanley and Back

I’ve done this run a few times and it is definitely one of my favourites in the London area. The route is a basic loop that takes you from London to Port Stanley through St Thomas and comes back to London through the Oneida First Nations Reserve and Delaware. I have done a few variations where I used Quaker Rd into Sparta to get to Port Stanley. It is also perfectly fine to continue on Union Rd instead of taking the detour to John Wise Line as pictured on the map. At the time of writing, there is some construction on Union Rd so I followed the detour to John Wise and felt like it was a pleasant ride.

The loop takes about 2 hours to complete, a little bit more if you take a break in Port Stanley. The pictures in this post are both from October, but of 2012 and 2013. The recent warm spell made for a pleasant outdoor coffee break followed by a stroll towards Lake Erie.

A quick bite and coffee at the Coffehouse in Port Stanley

A quick bite and coffee at the Coffehouse in Port Stanley

A bigger meal at Me & Suzie's across the road.

A bigger meal at Me & Suzie’s across the road.

I consider the return to London to be the best part of this loop. I ride down Highbury to St Thomas too frequently for it to be anything but a thoughtless routine. Sunset Dr into Port Stanley can be a bit slow for my tastes due to the constant “Sunday” traffic. The return ride takes you through a bit of packed dirt/gravel road in the Oneida Reserve. What follows is perhaps one of the region’s nicest rides with rarely any traffic. I rarely see motorcycles taking this road.

Stopped for an emergency pee break in Delaware

Stopped for an emergency pee break in Delaware

I also noticed some dug out railway lines before the 401 on Union Rd. They might make for an interesting afternoon if I feel a bit more adventurous.

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One thought on “London to Port Stanley and Back

  1. I think this is a real great blog.Thanks Again. Really Great.

    Posted by Genesis | February 4, 2014, 3:19 pm

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