Using Ride With GPS (RWGPS)
The other new experience for me on this ride was using Ride With GPS. Having never used this app before, I downloaded it at home so I could explore the features beforehand.
Finding the route map was pretty easy and I was able to save it in my offline Library within minutes. I checked out the route features highlighted on the map and confirmed the app had access to my location. I thought that I was good to go!
What I didn’t notice anywhere on the map was the direction of travel, and no direction arrows had appeared on my screen so far. Once I got on the trail and got on my way, the app kept beeping and prompting me to turn around. We were heading clockwise up the Hamilton-Burlington Trail, and the route directions were set up to go counter-clockwise.
Hopeful that we could simply reverse the route, we pulled over and played around on the app. Although there is an option to reverse the route, the app only allows you to save the changes if you have a paid account. I was not interested in a paid upgrade and decided that I would just turn off the prompts so that I could no longer hear the constant reminders that I was apparently going the wrong way.
I could still see where we were on the map and the outline of the route so this worked for a while. When we got to Greensville my battery was below 20% despite starting the ride with a fully charged phone.
By this point I had seen how great the route signage was and decided I didn’t need the directional support from the app, so I turned it off to conserve my battery. RWGPS was a very helpful at-home planning tool through the Great Waterfront Trail website, but I likely would have been fine without it while out cycling.
All in all, it took us about 5 hours to complete the route, including a few short stops. It was a truly enjoyable trip that has inspired me to check out more of the 10 Great Lakes to Greenbelt Routes in the near future, by e-bike of course.
Check out the Dundas Valley Loop
Great places to stop for snacks
Waterdown at the Copper Kettle , Royal Coachman or Jitterbug Cafe.
Dundas at the Dutchmill Country Market