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Excellent Cycling Adventures in Niagara

Archibald, Marg

ISBN 10: 0968210015 / ISBN 13: 9780968210017
Published by Monday Communications Group, Limited, Calgary, AB, Canada, 1999
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Title: Excellent Cycling Adventures in Niagara

Publisher: Monday Communications Group, Limited, Calgary, AB, Canada

Publication Date: 1999

Book Condition:Near Fine

Book Type: Book

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A fun, encouraging guidebook, full of practical help and fun ideas that turn any Niagara bikeride into an adventure. Thirteen rides and exits/entries to thirteen different towns and cities provide a wealth of cycling to people with a wide range of interests and abilities. These books encourage people who haven't traveled by bicycle before and include rides for fully experienced touring cyclists.Readers love the enthusiasm and the anecdotes.

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Review of "Excellent Cycling Adventures in Niagara" by Hans Tammemagi, printed in "Downtown", St Catharines, Ont, June 1999

No one warned me that reviewing Marg Archibald's "Excellent Cycling Adventures in Niagara," would be so exhausting - or so exhilarating. With the book in hand, I set out, with considerable trepidation, on the Garden of Eden tour, a (for me) very lengthy 85 kilometres from St Catharines to Grimsby and back. My fears were unfounded, as not only was I able to complete the ride without getting lost, but I had a fabulous time in spite of my aching legs and wobbly riding. The route wound its way westward on top of the escarpment and returned through the orchards beside the lake. Directions were clear and I felt as if Marg was riding at my elbow lovingly pointing out details about the countryside through which we passed. "Excellent Cycling Adventures in Niagara" is a complete reference guide to cycling in the peninsula with 320 pages crammed full of advice on how to choose a bicycle, fix a flat, energy food, getting weather forecasts, finding accommodation, how to deal with dogs, and much more. It describes every town and city in Niagara, outlining their high spots and the bicycle routes for getting in and out. Fourteen major cycling tours are presented, some of them several days in duration. All the highlights of Niagara are included such as the Niagara Parkway, the Welland Canal, the waterfalls of the escarpment, wineries, and quiet pastoral orchards and farmlands. "Excellent Cycling Adventures in Niagara" does an excellent job of promoting the well-kept secret that Niagara is a world-class bicycling destination.

The book is well organized with a detailed table of contents and index, and the format is well suited for use either in the armchair while planning a tour or in the saddle as you pedal. The size is handy and the spiral binding allows you to fold the pages over to the section you need. The maps have been professionaly crafted and contain considerable detail, which allows you to easily follow your route or to plan modications or even separate trips altogether.

But "Excellent Cycling Adventures in Niagara" is more than just a biking book; it contains lots of interesting and practical information on the areas that you visit and would be a good addition to your bookcase just for the overview of Niagara and its history. There is a particularly thorough description of the underground railway and black history. In fact, the book is dedicated to Harriet Tubman, "a conductor in the underground railway and a woman of enormous courage." There are fascinating summaries of historical events and sites including Bertie House, the War of 1912, MacFarland House, Crystal Beach, and much more.

Best of all, the book is punctuated by pithy personal snippets that reveal not only the personality of the author, but also her philosophy. Often almost poetic, they are like nuggets of gold sprinkled through the text and keep you reading, inexorably pulling you into the world of cycling. Marg's love of bicycling shines like a beacon. For her, cycling is not just a pastime, but a way of life, a desire to take the time and pleasure to saunter through the landscape smelling the roses, instead of motoring through leaving only exhaust fumes.

Not only will this book guide you through the wonderful landscape of Niagara, it may change your entire outlook on life.

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