Durham Destroyer - "I'm Not Worthy" (135km)
Updated: Jul 5
Location: Port Perry, Regional Municipality of Durham, Ontario
Distance: 134.8 km (83.8 miles)
Suggested Tire Width: 35mm
Amenities: The route’s starting point is the town of Port Perry and has all the amenities of a quaint tourist town including cafes, pubs/restaurants and convenience stores. The town of Claremont, the route’s approximate halfway point, has general store and pizzeria. The town of Uxbridge, at the route’s three-quarter mark, has a number of amenities, including several cafes and convenience stores. Finally, the village of Sunderland, less than 20km from the end of the route, provides an opportunity for a last second resupply.
Estimated gravel time: 75%
Parking: Parking can be found throughout the town of Port Perry, including the Scugog Association Soccer Fields. Parking can also be easily found in the alternative starting point in the town Uxbridge, including on-route at Elgin Park, just south of the town centre.
The Durham Destroyer is held every July and includes four route distances of 300/230/130/90 kms, covering the finest gravel roads, trails, and rail trails around Ontario’s Durham Region and the Kawartha’s. The following 135km route is a modified version of the “I’m Not Worthy” edition, the second shortest variation of the Durham Destroyer.
Beginning from the Scugog Soccer Association parking lot off Old Simcoe Rd., just north of Port Perry’s town centre, and heading clockwise, the route immediately starts on gravel via Township Line 8. After approximately 4km, riders cross Highway 12, continuing west and eventually making a left onto Marsh Hill Rd, through the hamlet of Epsom (no amenities) and continuing via quiet asphalt all the way to the village of Utica (no amenities).
After making a quick right-left on Goodwood Rd. (Regional Road 21), the route continues on Marsh Hill Rd., reaching a T junction and heading east via Scugog Line 4, a quiet paved farm road, before eventually making a right onto Gray Side Rd., and the route’s second significant stretch of gravel. Continuing south, riders eventually make a right onto High Point Rd before briefly returning to pavement via Scugog Line 4/Ashburn Rd.
After approximately 3.5km, the route makes a right onto Chalk Lake Road, returning to gravel for just under 14km, including a righteous 6km descent along Concession Rd. 7/Balsam Rd. Eventually, riders reach a T junction and make a right, briefly continuing on pavement via Concession Rd. 7 before making another right onto Salem Rd., returning to gravel before eventually heading west along Concession 8 to Westney Rd. Here riders have the option of continuing on route, or heading north instead along Westney Rd and reducing the overall length of the route by approximately 40km. Those looking to forgo the additional 40km can also refer to the 92km Rookie version of the Durham Destroyer.
Riders continuing on route eventually turn right onto Sideline Rd 12 and head south to Concession 7. Here, the route heads west on asphalt, eventually crossing Brock Rd and transitioning back to gravel. Four kilometres later, the route turns right onto Pickering Sideline Rd 28, heading north on a series of gravel farm roads for approximately 9 km before making a sharp right and returning to pavement via Webb Rd. Fortunately, this section of asphalt is relatively brief as the route once again returns to gravel, heading back south along Concession 3 and Sideline 24 to Concession 8.
Upon reaching Concession 8, the route heads north-east, eventually reaching the village of Claremont, the route’s unofficial halfway point. Here, riders can resupply at the Claremont General Store before continuing on pavement along Old Brock Rd and the Uxbridge Pickering Townline, before returning to dirt and heading south via Sideline Rd 12 back to Concession 8. From here, the route eventually heads north along Westney Rd/Concession 6, transitioning from pavement to gravel and back again.
Continuing north, the route eventually makes a right onto Wagg Rd, followed by left onto Concession 7, eventually reaching the town of Uxbridge. With its abundance of amenities, it’s a good place for an extended rest stop. Departing Uxbridge via Main St North, the route switches gears and joins the Beaver River Wetland Trail, following the abandoned railbed for approximately 20 easy kilometres, eventually exiting the multi-use trail near the village of Sunderland. For anyone needing any additional supplies before the final push back to the start, Sunderland (slightly off route) offers a selection of cafes, pizzerias, and convenience stores.
Riders continuing on route eventually make a right, heading south for almost 17km via Sideline Rd 18 and Old Simcoe Rd, two more extended stretches of dirt, all the way to the start of the loop in Port Perry.