Ride 6/50 – Grand River Bridges

My 6th significant ride was a tour of some of the picturesque bridges across the Grand River between Waterloo and Elora.  I’d been thinking about this ride since last summer and had been studying maps to find as many bridge crossings as i could for a 2-3 hour ride.  With the weather calling for sun, low wind and above-zero temperatures, I decided to go out Sunday afternoon.  A few messages online inspired a couple of friends along, Tim and Bill.  The route was about a 75km round trip, with 12 Grand River bridges (11 crossings, as you’ll see below).

For those interested, here’s the route we took:


Here’s the photo record:

Bridge 1: A common cyclist route past the golf course in Conestogo.  Near where the Conestoga and Grand rivers converge.

Bridge01 - Sawmill Rd Conestogo

Bridge 2: Peel St., Winterbourne, ON.  A nice old iron bridge that doesn’t see much car traffic:

Bridge02 - Peel St. Winterbourne

Bridge 3: Wobbly, bumpy bridge on Crooks Tract Rd/Buggy Lane.  A farmers bridge.

Bridge04 - Crooks Tract Rd

Bridge 4: The famous covered bridge in West Montrose.

Bridge04 - Covered Bridge West Montrose

Bridge 5: Busy highway 86, near West Montrose.

Bridge05 Hwy86 S WMontrose

Bridge 6: Weisenberg Road, a regular route on our club Gravel Grinder rides.

Bridge06 - Weisenberg St

Bridge 7: 8th line – a regular route on the club road rides.

Bridge07 - 8th Line

Bridge 8: Low-lying bridge in Elora Gorge Conservation Area.  We thought it was too risky to cross this.  The water was moving fast!

Bridge08 - LowBridge EloraGorge

Bridge 9: High bridge in Elora Gorge Conservation Area

Bridge09 - EloraGorge

Bridge 10: Pedestrian/cycling bridge in Elora, ON

Bridge10 PedestrianBridge Elora

Bridge 11: Metcalfe St., Elora, ON, with the Elora Mill in the background.

Bridge 11 Metcalfe St Elora

Bridge 12: Wellington Rd 7.  Last Grand River bridge before the ride home. Irvine Creek (on the left) merging with the Grand River (on the right), with a scenic lookout on the rock outcrop (above my bike seat).

Bridge 12 WellingtonRd7

I’ve also got a route planned for crossing the Conestoga River.  Stay tuned!


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