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WHERE TO STAY?
There are bed and breakfasts, boutique hotels, and other hosts who offer services for cyclists that are also handy to restaurants, shopping and entertainment. Most have information kits and route data and some have special deals for cyclists - for example Box Lunches ! Look for secure bike storage and repair equipment as basic service and extras like luggage transport.
HELP FOR CYCLISTS
The are lots of uncrowded paved roads great for cycling and over 900 bridges in Chatham-Kent. Map My Ride has over plotted 100 routes. Rondeau Park offers a guide for tours - call Kip Campbell at 519-674-1772 or mail him for information.
The Underground Railroad Tour Map to Buxton and Dresden was drawn for motorcycles, but works for you too.
So does the Thames R.-Talbot Trail Circle Route.
Bike dealers with parts etc are 3 blocks away at Chatham Outdoor Power & Pedal 134 Inshes 519-345-3990 and also at Smith Cycle and More 181 Thames 519-351-5588.
WHERE IS IT AND HOW DO I GET THERE?
Chatham-Kent is located in Southern Ontario between the North Shore of Lake Erie and Lake St. Clair. It contains dozens of communities ranging from city-sized Chatham to fishing ports like Erieu and Wheatley and historic villages such as Buxton (escape from slavery route) and Fairfield (Battle of the Thames), and the Nature Parks at Rondeau and Wheatley. C-K is bisected by Highway 401 running from Windsor/Detroit to Toronto, and the less travelled Longwoods Rd (2) and Talbot Trail (3). VIA Rail is running a bike train Toronto to Windsor the summer, with enough time for a loop through Chatham! Click here for more on our area.