Chez Nous- Explorer Tour August

Off-centered trail riding adventure along the magnificent views of Norfolk County’s wine country. Discover traces of Dollier & Galinée ‘s exploration, taste the fermented fruit of the land and indulge the way the first explorers did. Energizes your senses!

Join Paul and Amélie on this humorous historical biking adventure along the winery trails.

Explore what the first European explorers called the “earthly paradise of Canada”and celebrate what makes Norfolk County’s Ontario’s garden.

Tour includes bike, helmet, local feast offering, wine + a special edition bottle for to take home!

Bienvenue Chez Nous!!!

 

Chez Nous- Explorer Tour July

Off-centered trail riding adventure along the magnificent views of Norfolk County’s wine country. Discover traces of Dollier & Galinée ‘s exploration, taste the fermented fruit of the land and indulge the way the first explorers did. Energizes your senses!

Join Paul and Amélie on this humorous historical biking adventure along the winery trails.

3 different dates to choose:
June 22, 2019
July 13, 2019
August 10, 2019

Explore what the first European explorers called the “earthly paradise of Canada”and celebrate what makes Norfolk County’s Ontario’s garden.

Tour includes bike, helmet, local feast offering, wine + a special edition bottle for to take home!

Bienvenue Chez Nous!!!

 

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Elevating my ride!

I have been curious about the sport of Mountain biking for a few years. I love riding easy trails like the Lynn Valley Trail and just having fun with my kids around town on bicycles. I was excited to try but also a bit scared. After going to the Spring Kicker event hosted by the Turkey Point Mountain Bike club in April I felt a connection and knew I was ready to give it a shot. I love being outdoors and I love adventures so why not try it on a Mountain bike!

An amazing group of supportive women called L.O.S.T (Ladies on Single Track) meet on a weekly basis to promote this adventurous sport for the women in the community. I joined their Sip and Learn event back in May and decided to join. The group aims to make single-track trail riding easier, safer and accessible for the women in Norfolk County. That Night, Paul Meiklejohn from Elevation Mountain Bike Camps and Coaching was one of the presenters. He provided the group with great tips to get started and talked about his biking clinics.

I went out with the group on the first Tuesday (they meet weekly on Tuesdays at 6pm at Mole Road in Normandale) and wow… The adrenaline was pumping and I just loved the feeling of being out in the woods, sweating, working through features, being scared, excited, tired, energized and a whole lot more. The ladies were great at providing me with some tips to get started but wanted to get more information as I really had no clue how to handle the terrain or the bike.

This is when I reached out to Paul Meiklejohn, the owner of Elevation. Paul has a passion for mountain biking and it shows. He actually competed successfully in the sport of Downhill Mountain Bike racing for well over 15 years. He offered to take me out for a 2-hour session to teach me some of the basics skills that I needed to feel more comfortable on the trails.

We met at 10:30am in Normandale where many of the easy to intermediate trails can be accessed. Paul was waiting for me with his big smile and his truck loaded with some very cool Rocky Mountain bikes. The session started with an introduction to the bike itself, brakes, gears and then, Paul shared his knowledge about body positioning, pedal tips and general info. After spending about 20 mins in the parking area, we got on our way to the first trail!!! 

His kind words were encouraging and I just felt like he believed I could rock this out so I got on the first trail with a newly found confidence. Paul selected a winding beginner’s trail to start. As I was riding he was sending me a few cues but let me find my grove and pace. Before a new feature, he would stop and actually teach me how to approach it, show me and then let me try it. We kept moving to slightly more advanced trails which offered a good variety of challenges. He was patient, funny and knowledgeable.

I learned so much after only spending 2 hours with him. It was totally worth it! Learning from someone who has passion for the sport lit up the flame in me. I just want to ride more!!

Sweaty, a little tired but super pumped, we returned to our starting point. What and experience!

This was his intro session which is an awesome place to start for new riders. With his experience, he also takes individuals and groups of skilled riders who want to step up their rides. So wherever you are at in your Mountain biking journey, I suggest you give Elevation a call and do just that, elevate your game!

Paul also hosts date nights – the most exciting date you’ll ever have. He also leads a summer camp for kids and much more. His fleet of bikes are also available for rentals.

Check out his FB page or his website to get more details.

See you in the trails!

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Time for me

As a mom, I often feel guilty taking time for myself. You would think that after signing the kids up for their activities, paying the registration and driving them around, I would allow myself “me time” more often.

As a coach, I hear the same line from my clients all the time… “I don’t have time for me” Just too busy being the worker, the mom, the cleaner, the cook, the taxi driver, the….(insert your list here 🙂 )

Anyhow, last Saturday, I had the perfect opportunity to do what I wanted to do for a whole morning and it was truly amazing.

Grandparents had the kiddos, hubby had signed up for a training so that left me, ONLY ME in the house!! It would have been easy to sleep in, relax and do nothing but instead, I used that time for something I enjoy doing.

I decided to set the alarm and get up early so I would enjoy the day and not rush. After a nice cup of coffee and a healthy breakfast I headed out to Normandale to bike on the Turkey Point Mountain Bike Club trails. Although I have been a recreational biker on roads and local trails for years, it wasn’t until this year that I set my wheel on a single track trail. The sun was shining, the weather was just perfect to head out on my own to explore a small part of the 80+km network of trails. 

 

I am a beginner in this sport but so far, wow!  I absolutely love the thrill of riding! I was surprised to find out the concentration needed to ride. The turns are sharp, the roots offer challenge, the hills require “planning” and the buzz that comes from coming down fast is electrifying. You have to be in your zone and keep your eye looking ahead at every moment. No time to worry about stuff, life, bills, kids…. 100% of you attention is on the trail and what you are doing.

Saudwinder, The Burn, Spinal Tap, Dizzy Lizzy and out through Fin and Feather was my trail adventure for the morning. These are beginner and intermediate trails that offer a good variety of features to practise basic skills. The sweat was dripping down my back but I was feeling strong and just couldn’t stop smiling.

 

Time to pack up the bike and head for a little quiet time down at the Normandale Beach access. Super peaceful place, perfect for a short meditation. I sat on a rock feeling the wind on my face, the sun on my skin and focused on breathing for a few minutes. Just connecting to the place, the time and the sensations in my body.

Time to get moving but had a make a pit stop at Cider Keg’s Farmer’s Market on Highway 24. Fresh asparagus is in season and it tastes so yummy. Full of fiber, vitamins B, C and E – asparagus is a superfood! Left with local cucumbers and peppers, some cider and locally grown peanuts in my bag. I took the time to munch some of these while sitting with my feet up on their sunny patio, why not? I caught myself just sitting there, smiling like a weirdo but just being so thankful for my morning, for what Norfolk County has to offer and for the life I have created for myself.

Took a few more minutes to walk around the orchard, snap a few pictures and I was ready to head back to reality.

Actually, 1 more quick stop…. Almond Latte at Joy bakery in Simcoe to round off MY morning.

I deserve time for me and I have to make it happen for myself. It would be nice if someone “gave us permission” but the thing is, WE NEED TO CREATE THAT TIME FOR OURSELVES.

I know it will not happen every weekend because honestly, I love spending time with my family too. I am just thankful for the time that I had which I decided to use for things I love. Biking, fresh air, local produce, coffee and sunshine.

 

When are you getting out to do things you enjoy??