***Updated after I actually did it with some new notes!!!***
I want to do something epic and I have always had this one in mind, but haven't found a day to pull it off.
Friday is the day!
Bike from Whitby to Burlington (or the reverse).
Use the GO train to get back (or to the start).
Note: after actually doing it - the hills west of Yonge are much, much harder than the hills east of Yonge! I prefer having fresh legs to tackle the worst stuff and have a progressively easier ride as the miles add up - so next time I will find a day with favourable winds and go Burlington to Whitby. It should be easier!
196km of awesomeness.
Gmap-pedometer.com link (warning: takes time to load)
Note: St. John's Sideroad is closed at Highway 404 until December 2017 - actually it's a longer stretch than that. I added 5km messing with detours - check for construction updates before using this route!!!
There are probably shorter routes, but would they be as cool? I. Think. Not.
I used a bunch of sources, mostly Strava Heatmaps to figure out where people ride a lot. I'm hoping that has yielded a safe route without too much traffic!
Potential Rest Stops
0.1km - on the east side of Brock are a bunch of food options, McDonald's and some other stuff near the gas station.
~20km - Ashburn General Store at Ashburn and Myrtle (SW corner)
39km - turn north and go into Uxbridge, lots of stores etc to refuel (and a nice little town)
56km - turn south onto Ninth Line, just before Musselman Lake on the right side there is a little store where lots of cyclists congregate to refuel
58km - at the corner of Aurora Road and Highway 48 there's a convenience store right on the route (but I highly recommend Musselman Lake because it's pretty)
Pottageville - there's a gas station, presumably with stuff.
94km - right at the intersection of Main and Church in Schomberg is a little convenience store. How convenient! Edit: I stopped here, had everything I needed.
119km - Mono Road - I think there's a store here, but not 100% Edit: I noticed a gas station, but didn't stop.
147.5km - Confederation and Wildwood/Prince near Georgetown. Edit: SW corner has a convenience store, fully stocked.
193km to the end - lots of stuff along Appleby Line.
Other Route Notes
If you go Burlington to Whitby - you get to go up the infamous Rattlenake Point climb. It's steep and a good way to warm up the legs! In the opposite direction it's a sketchy downhill instead.
There are actually quite a few climbs end to end, no matter which way you go.
Pick a day when the wind is blowing the right direction, because 195km of headwind is a lonnnng day at the office. I'm planning to go westward as that's the way things are shaping up for Friday.