In 1979 a dynamic group of motorcycle riding enthusiasts came together to form The Ottawa Valley Touring Club. Since then we have evolved into a group of skilled riders who have countless number of 'saddle' miles together.
During the riding season we get out at least every other weekend to participate in planned rides. Our group rides are somewhat informal, however, safety is never
sacrificed for fun.
That need for adventure unites us as a group and has seen us through many ‘out of town’ events including Americade and Whitehorse Gear. We also attend local charity events such as Guide Dog Run and the Ride for Dad.
During the off-season we help each other deal with Parked Motorcycle Syndrome (PMS) by engaging in many social events including weekly winter breakfasts, Christmas potluck, Chinese New Year dinner, and other miscellaneous excuses to get together, say, for a game of bowling or winter ski.
Thanks all for coming on the colour trip. Started at a cold 6C and only got up to 12C BUT it was very SUNNY with no clouds. The trip to Spectacle lake was a quick 190KM with a rest stop in Calabogie and a Gas stop in Barry’s Bay. Lunch was good but not fast. We continued west on 60, then south on 523 The old Madawaska Road which is newly paved and a very nice ride. Then on 127 to 62 at Maymouth. Headed up to Combermere on 62 but detoured halfway there by turning south onto Boulter road for twisty 29KM ride on tar and chip roads that were sometimes quit bumpy. I missed a corner onto CR-514 at Budenell and went on CR-515 to Quadville and Opeongo road rather than to Denbigh as planned. Just out of Renfrew on 17 we hit stopped traffic at Goshen road so we used it to get to White Lake and Arnprior and 417. The colours are near the peak.
--Fall colour ride ( 492 km)
Fantastic day. Breakfast at Milano Pizza was very good. Seven bikes started out. Bud, Helene and John turned back at Morrisburg. We continued on and went on the Long Sault Parkway then stopped at the Ontario Power Dam Visitor Center. It is closed until May 30th. We plan to have another ride here when it’s open. Continued on to Blue Anchor were Dave had already secured a table for us. The restaurant deck was full due to the great weather. It was good that Dave rode his trusty Mustang all the way there as this will likely be the last time we meet for the summer. Lloyd went his own way back leaving Bob, Jim, Lorraine and I to finish the route. Traffic was light. We kept to the route except for a missed turn followed by a U turn then a crossing of an old rail bridge converted into a multi-use trail. The ride finished at the Dairy Barn in Kemptville.
-- Ride to Blue Anchor Restaurant (346 km).
Just back from one of THE best rides this year! The weather was absolutely perfect, the roads even more so and the company of 7 riders was wonderful! We rode through amazing fall colour tree canapes which could have easily been coridors of art in a museum. I so enjoyed today and for an instant was transported into the adrenaline junkie that I am! This ride could be our last of the year depending on the weather from now on and it was a GREAT Thanksgiving day spent with friends on the road!
-- Ride to Tweed, Roslin Road and Marlbank (415 km).
Just finished an amazing 420 km ride with the club travelling on one of my favourite runs: #36 Snow Road through the #506/509 all the way to Northbrook, via #41 and then the very twisty and wonderful Flinton Road onto Tweed. Home via Marlbank, Verona and Westport roads. Traffic today was minimal and all the roads were in excellent shape. My stamina today was exceedlingly strong as I could have ridden further. Right on!!!
-- To Northbrook and Tweed (420 km).
Just came back from a 275 km ride today through surprising great roads in Quebec. We rode to Kazabazua, better known simply as 'The Kaz' via the Chenaux dam, following highway 301 to Otter Lake and beyond. Travelled through excellent, smooth and twisty roads all through the trip and enjoyed the exhiliration of the curves! That's what riding is all about -- heart pumping adrenaline flowing through you, smiling all the way... Love it!!!!
-- Otter lake and beyond (275 km).
Made it down to Americade through pouring rain all day long. Despite this, and as the roads here are so well maintained, we had no problems whatsoever. I am still high from the ride and having a great time... and this is only Day 1!
--Departure to Lake George, NY for our week long Americade vacation
Well another great Americade event came and went at the speed of light! The weather this year was very cool indeed, especially in the mornings but despite it, we all had a fantastic time riding spectacular roads through the Adirondacks and Vermont. Glad I took my heated vest, big time...I got a great ride on the back of Bud's wing this year and loved it! Went spinning on Tracey road near Lake Placid and it was very exhilirating, although I quickly learned not to look down!
Just came back from today's 390 km ride -- by far, the longest and I believe THE best ride to-date. Roads to Griffith were in great shape and we thoroughly enjoyed going through one of my favourite passes, namely Centennial Lake road. Travelling home to Plevna and eventually making our way to Sharbot Lake was also fabulous, although no premium gas was found in 2 gas stations along the way.. No worries as the Esso in Sharbot lake had premium - thank heavens! Great day spent with 11 fellow rider friends. I love my Victory!
-- Sharbot Lake (390km).
First official club ride of the season today and had ourselves a great time! Roads were in pretty good shape for this time of year. Weather could not have been more perfect -- brilliant sunshine and actually WARM temperature greeting us from a too long winter was so appreciated. Mileage today was 230 km. All of us are a tad sore from the ride as our muscles haven't been bent yet to the shape of the bikes... however, we are happy to have gotten out so early in the season!
-- Ride to Westport (230 km).
A video shot by one of our members on a club ride near Lavant Ontario.
If you are interested in becoming a member of the club, or would like more information come out to one of our monthly meetings or send us an email and we will be in touch.