Cows, cows, everywhere: cows. You’ll want to come prepared with water and snacks because the locals won’t have much to share with passers-by. Once you leave Stirling, it’s 47 kilometres until your next stop, and as with all small towns, timing is everything.
You’ll take the Trans-Canada Trail east for half a kilometre from the old train station, and after that, it’s country roads. Minto Road will chute you almost as far north as the route takes you, and then you’ll jog north-west on old farm roads through Springbrook and west toward the Trent River. The Trent Severn Waterway runs 386 kilometres from Lake Ontario to Lake Huron, passing through nine watersheds and taking boaters a full week to complete. Wheels make things a lot faster.
Time your ride right and you can stretch your bones at Church-Key Brewing in Campbellford, or if you’ve got enough gumption, keep rolling down the hills until Warkworth, where rumour has it, the Bakery’s butter tarts are 🔥. During COVID-19 the Warkworth Bakery has been cooking up pizza, too. Best do your research and call ahead if you want to rely on it.
As you snake down towards Wooler, you’re in this writer’s neck of the woods—but not for long. It’s back over the river and through the woods to Stirling after that.
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