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Canadice Lake Trimodal – August 31, 2014 4:00 (3:30 for kayaks/canoe)

canadice triathlon 019For those of you that participated in last year’s Trimodal on Canadice Lake, we will return again to hike/bike/kayak/canoe in the DEC Hemlock/Canadice Forest and Canadice Lake area.  We will meet at the kayak/canoe launch a mile or so south past the boat launch on Canadice Lake Road.  Kayakers/Canoes should arrive at 3:30 to prepare their boats, bikers and hikers at 3:45 to begin our event at 4:00 sharp.

You may participate in one, two or all three events, providing you have your own kayak/canoe and bike.  Those that participate in all three events (Wendy, Pam and Mark completed all 3 last year) should plan an extra hour to finish and will be given a present from Canadice Kitchens.  It is truly amazing what this lake has to offer in recreation this time of year!

canadice triathlon 028Hikers will head south from the kayak/canoe launch either by foot or carpool to the south hiking trail.  From there they can walk as far as they want and return, or they can complete the entire trail for 4 miles to the north boat launch, where they can be transported back to their cars. estimated time 1 1/2 – 2 hours depending on speed.

canadice triathlon 020Bikers will head north from the kayak/canoe launch, picking up the north boat launch trail and returning to the kayak/canoe launch.  It is important to note that the Canadice Trail is mostly a dirt/grassy trail, and due to the recent storms and run off, bikers will need to keep an eye out for ruts.  There are difficult areas between the 2 mile and 1 1/2 mile markers going south.  estimated time 1 – 1 1/2 hours depending on speed and if you want to take any side trips along the way like Mark did last year.

canadice triathlon 036Kayak/Canoes will launch from the kayak/canoe launch, head south, north or across the lake depending on weather and wind conditions.  Please note that some owners of kayaks that are in the trimodal will allow others to use their kayaks only from 4:00-5:00 if you would like to try it out. They will be returning to the launch to pick up their boats to complete their 3 events from 5-6:00.   Note that there is a  kayak rental down on Canadice Lake Road.  Nanette has offered to supervise the kayakers.  estimate time for kayak/canoe  -  1/2 hour – 1 hour

For those participating in all 3 events, biking first for an hour, walking bike to canoe/launch for an hour, then kayaking/canoeing one hour.  estimated time 3 hours to complete all three.

Social will be held at Pati and Jim’s on Wheaton Hill Road. Watch for the Springwater Trail sign.      Bring a dish to pass and BYOB.   We will have appetizers at 6:30 and dinner at 7:00.

Directions: Meet at the Kayak/Canoe launch on Canadice Lake Road (2.9 miles south of Purcell Rd or 1.8 miles north of Johnson Hill Rd.  Click for detailed directions.

News from Springwater


Hike Recap Ontario Pathways

Beautiful biking weather last Sunday. Not bad for hiking either. Mark and Pati took to the trail on foot with the Westies. The rest of us greased up our chains and pumped up our tires(except for Dena) for a leisurely trip down the rail trail from Orleans to Flint. Lots of flora a fauna were viewed along the route. Pam pointed out Tansy, a flowering plant sown by farmers to keep away flies.

On the Rail Trail 8/17/14

Pam plays with railroad spikes

Too bad it did not work on mosquitoes. We were also on the lookout for poison sumac. The trail was lovely and shaded in many areas, with a steep drop to the creek. Fortunately we did not veer off into any of the ravines. The trip south took us just under an hour, but the return trip was much faster. Bikers seemed to get their legs on the return journey. Had we known that, we could have made it all the way to Stanley in the allotted time.

About a mile from the finish we encountered some of our hikers who had arrived late: Katherine, Gene, and Georgia were meandering the trail observing the plants and fending off insects. All returned to the parking area in plenty of time to head out to our social.

Social at the Green Front 8/17/14

Social at the Green Front 8/17/14

Thanks to John, we landed at a perfect spot for hungry hikers, the Green Front, in Canandaigua. Beer was great, several varieties on tap, and food was most delicious, especially the free pizza enjoyed by Melissa and John. Hats off to the crew at the Green Front.

Hope to see you all on the trail next week.

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