Sweet Pie Ride Report

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This past Saturday was our August Sweet Ride – a pie eating, co-ed bike adventure. We had a lot of first timers and we were lucky to have great weather again!

We started at Madeleine’s Cherry Pie and Ice Cream, where Kyla, the owner, let us know in advance that bikes are welcome in her gorgeous back patio. I’m sure I’m not alone when I say that I was quite surprised at how big this bakery is, with cafe style seating at the front and a big dining table at the back of the store.

self-service pastry station
The self-service pastry station at Madeleine’s! I have to go back to try this.

the biking toronto guys
The BikingToronto guys

veteran cupcake riders
Cupcake Ride veterans

We chatted up a storm and actually got really comfortable on the lovely back patio before we headed out on a super fun ride that Joe planned for us. The route was mostly quiet side streets, but he took us through the richest neighbourhood in Canada to the densest and one of the poorest neighbourhoods.

Phil & Rachel
Rachel with her replacement bike – her original got stolen!

Quick stop to regroup before heading into Rosedale

Along the way, Joe gave us some historical trivia about the areas that we were in. For example, do you know why the streets in Rosedale are all curvy? It’s because it follows the paths that Mary Jarvis took while on horseback. She is also credited for naming the neighbourhood Rosedale after the wild roses that grew on her property.

history lesson
History lesson #2
the street that isn't a street

Then we took a foot bridge to head over to a street that is wide enough for cars but cars aren’t allowed through – a perma-pedestrian/bike only street. Then it was a straight ride down to The Canadian Pie Company, which surprisingly had a full brunch/lunch menu to go along with their display case full of PIE.

lora's peach pie
Everything was plated so nicely!

the rachels
The two Rachels

Another amazing ride and thanks to Joe, an informative and fun ride that took us to places that were off the beaten path.

Thanks for coming out everyone!!

eat pie!
We couldn’t agree more!

3 thoughts on “Sweet Pie Ride Report

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  2. Barb Chamberlain, Bike Style Spokane

    What a fun blog! I found you thanks to you or someone leaving the link on the list of women’s bike blogs I’ve been building since last fall (http://bit.ly/WomenBikeBlogs).

    Your rides sound similar to the Belles and Baskets group my best friend started in Spokane, WA. It’s a women’s group–all sizes/ages/skill levels/bike types–that starts/ends at someplace where we can get treats. After the ride we sit, eat, talk, and laugh.

    Several cupcake shops have opened in Spokane over the past few months and I’ve been meaning to plan a Cupcake Ride to do some sampling. Your blog is extra inspiration to make it happen before we lose our beautiful fall weather.

    Barb from Bike Style

    1. happy d Post author

      Thanks Barb for the lovely note!

      … I’m originally from Vancouver and totally know where Spokane is

      And yes our ride does sound like Belles and Baskets! It would be cool if I could join you guys the next time I’m back on the Westcoast!


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