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.
The self-service pastry station at Madeleine’s! I have to go back to try this.
The BikingToronto guys
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.
Rachel with her replacement bike – her original got stolen!
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.
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.
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!!