2010 August Tour Report from Durham

We were happy to arrive at the Durham Conservation Area Campground about 5:30 p.m. Durham is south of Owen Sound, and a campfire in the evening gave everyone a chance to get reacquainted with old friends & make some new ones. It was nice to have Len and Marilyn Rolls out on their first tour. Our first stop on Saturday was a huge home building centre with the wood worker in mind. If you need tooling for any type of wood working that is the place to go, so all the men were in heaven. We also toured the local Welbeck sawmill to hear a very interesting talk and “demonstration" on shingle making. Next was a tour of the Neustadt brewery where we were treated to a couple of good sized samples, and enjoyed a nice brown bag lunch. We then drove through some beautiful countryside including past a couple of small lakes. Our last stop was a pie company where we chose a peach & blueberry pie from a large selection, and sampled their raspberry muffins. The evening brought a delicious pot luck supper including a few pies, by the water in the Conservation area where a wedding was taking place. The bride & bridal party walked across the bridge nearby. The evening was nicely topped off by the usual campfire. After breakfast on Sunday we headed to Flesherton through a little dampness, but that didn't dampen our spirits, as some of us grabbed hot drinks from the bakery - more homemade cookies, bread etc., and up the street a cheese store where we bought our beloved '"smoked applewood cheddar". Next stop - picturesque Eugenia Falls, the second highest falls in Ontario. For a lunch stop we all stopped at a scenic lookout over Grey Bruce County commemorating John Muir who was a conservationist/environmentalist. He was responsible for saving the redwoods in California and trekked the Bruce Trail when he was young. For us a hot lunch off the T of pork, zucchini and sweet potatoes while others had an array of sandwiches and uninspiring processed foods. After lunch a quick pause at an Underground Railway Black Cemetery. On to the next stop, Ron Furlong's brother Ken's place for a look see at his John Deere tractor with remote driving from the attached binder, with his new old toy, a shocker attached to the binder that is supposed to stand the stooks upright. We also viewed his other JD tractors and 50's Chevy trucks while Sue gave out ice cream, and iced tea. Then back to campground to load up, had a lovely supper of corn on the cob and hamburgers with all the fixings. Then we left for a week long tour with the Historical Automobile Society. THANK YOU so much to Tom & Robyn Eagles, with the help of Joanne & John Eagles.