Brockville (Ontario) Drivers
-for those would like group drives
subject to revision!
#10 – tentative: Juniper Café, Kingston
Barley Mow, Almonte
#9 – Sat. Sep. 17
-the drive to Laverne's Eatery, Gananoque
This was another popular drive. (We have been very lucky with how well the routes are working out!)
After an early start, from downtown Brockville, on this occasion, we took a fairly direct route there, had a lovely patio breakfast at Laverne's, and a more meandering route home through Delta and Plum Hollow. (Daytown Road, connecting those two, was great — a delightful surprise.)
Again, a sub-group stayed for a patio lunch at the Barley Mow in Brockville.
The distance was in the 150 km range, round-trip.
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 every week or two, for coffee, and more recently for lunch. We have driven for times of from 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. 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, 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, 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
- 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
- Mon. Aug. 22, St-Albert (Fromagerie at), there and back (legs one and two), 5 vehicles, 6 people.
- Sat. Sep. 17, Gananoque, Laverne's Eatery, 6 vehicles, 7 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.
Feel free to comment on:
- What size of a group would be optimal?
- If larger, how would you advise attracting new participants?
- With past drives, did you like:
- the roads;
- the distance;
- the time;
- the convoy-format?
- the destination, specifically
- the food?
- How frequently would like to do a drive?
- What would you like to see for future drives?
I am not yet eating at restaurants indoors.
However much we wish it were otherwise, the news from experts (as opposed to politicians) is not good. From the CBC in early September:
From the CBC in early June:
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."
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.
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.
- (And watch your spacing!)
- Drive within your sight-lines.
- Drive your own drive. If you find the pace unsuitable, then, when appropriate, 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: 2022-09-20