As noted in your article this is the 18th. PWA Bike Rally that has passed through the County on their 6 day, 600 km trek from Toronto to Montreal. At long last the mayor & some members of Council have finally recognized this annual event.
This year, on Monday July 25th, Day 2 which is the longest day of the Rally covering a distance of 126 km from Port Hope to Adolphustown, saw the cyclist’s making 2 scheduled stops in the County. Their first was at the 82 km mark, for lunch at Henderson House in Consecon. Heather Marr and her wife, Chantale Grondin, owners of Henderson House have been long-time champions of the Bike Rally and have hosted the cyclists at their home for Day 2 lunch for many years. Shortly after the 2015 Bike Rally, Heather suddenly passed away. To commemorate Heather’s generosity of spirit and kindness, the route from Consecon to Schroedter’s Café and Bakery for a post lunch break at the 103 km mark was dedicated in her memory. The Rally participants picked up a purple ribbon on the way out from lunch and wore it in honour of Heather. The afternoon was spent following Loyalist Parkway (Hwy 33) into Picton and up the largest hill of the ride and on to the Glenora Ferry. Once they were on the other side, it was a short ride to camp, and the longest day of the ride was over.