There are reports that the Bruce Country Rail Trail that runs from Mildmay to Paisley is in rough shape - very chunky gravel. It's a shame the county is prioritizing ATVs over bicycles. The trail may improve as the season goes on, but just in case I've marked three different areas where riders can take bypasses if needed.
Yes, no problem. I've outlined a few places where a route alternative is possible if needed on this section. No rider should feel that they need to strictly adhere to this route. I'm not marketing the BT 700 as a race with a set course, but more of an adventure that people can make their own. But, overall I think the route as marked is pretty awesome.