A few of weekends ago I was able to catch more fall colours with this lovely couple:
We met up at a cute mid-town cafe called Rachel’s Coffee House (thanks for the rec Rhonda!), so that Andrea could have another entry for her Coffeeneuring Challenge which she’s signed up for a 2nd year in a row. It was also a nice, quiet cafe where she could do some lab marking and I could drop by easily after checking out an exhibition space (I’m going to be showing some new paintings in February guys!).
After we indulged in the huge cookies and some warm drinks we biked up to Broadway, to take Broadway east to enter the Don Valley Trail through Serena Gundy Park.
It was such a beautiful ride!!
We noticed that despite the many trees with glorious colours there were still a lot of green trees as well. So there may still be time to take in the last of the fall colours yet!
We wanted to take advantage of the beautiful weather and get in another bike ride over the Thanksgiving weekend. Especially since Andre had taken the time to put the bike rack onto our car in anticipation of having to drive out to Niagara Falls and we didn’t want to waste his efforts.
So we (well actually Andre because I’m too short) secured our bikes onto the rack and headed out an area that Andre scoped out, which is close to where the bike portion of the Milton Triathlon event takes place every year.
Unfortunately we hit traffic on Highway 401 heading out to Milton and what initially was supposed to be a 45 minute drive ended up being a hour and a half!
Sadly we had to cut our planned route in half, but we were able to enjoy the beautiful fall colours and challenge ourselves on the rolling hills.
Please ignore these sunglasses. I discovered on the Niagara Falls ride that I lost some pieces from my regular sunglasses. So until I get a new pair, these MAMIL-y ones will have to do.
Next time, we’ll try plan our ride to avoid holiday traffic so we can maximize time in the saddle.
Three weeks ago we packed up our bikes and beagles and headed out to the small lake-side town of Calabogie where Andre signed up for a 2 day performance driving school at the local motorsports park.
It was our first time driving a long distance with 2 bikes strapped to the top of the car and we kept on looking up to check on the bikes. Which thankfully ended up being unnecessary worrying. Thanks, Denise, for telling us how roof racks are better than the bike racks that get mounted to the rear of your car!
While Andre was racing around the track, I did a lot of hiking with the beagles. We totally lucked out on weather that weekend with temperatures reaching the high 20s.
Since we made the 5 hour trek out to Calabogie we decided to extend our stay so that we could we ride our bikes around country roads. The extra effort of mounting our bikes on the roof and packing our bike gear was totally worth it.
The roads, probably due to less traffic, are much smoother than the city. I was actually quite surprised at the lack of potholes knowing that Calabogie being an hour away from Ottawa must have harsher winters than Toronto.
While the drivers are generally driving way above the speed limit, again the lack of traffic makes it easier for them to pass us and most of the time the drivers gave us a generous amount of space when passing.
The other amazing thing about riding on country roads is the lack of intersections. On our almost 40km ride, we encountered only 1 stop sign.
Despite the amazing biking conditions, my mind kept on thinking about the Greg Curnoe collision from 20 years ago. So I made it a point to wave at almost all the vehicles that were driving in the opposite direction to us. This was sort of my low-key way of ensuring that drivers were paying attention, but also to be a good and friendly representative for cyclists in a place where drivers don’t see cyclists on the roads very often.
For us in Canada, we had a long weekend with Monday being Victoria Day.
How was your long weekend?
Mine was thoroughly satisfying with lots of bike dates (even a super long 44km ride out to Port Credit), beagle time, gardening and even some decluttering!
Also a friend just returned from a 10 month stay in New Foundland, so we went to check out the new Grasslands (formerly Fressen) to welcome her back.
My last bike date ended with rain but the temperature was still quite warm. So despite the drizzle, the ride home wasn’t so bad. Summer has arrived in Toronto!
This past weekend we had a long weekend and gorgeous weather, which means I’ve been biking even more than usual. Andre and I went on several bike dates and I even ventured waaay uptown for a baby shower.
Seeing that getting up to Lawrence from downtown would mean climbing several steep hills, I decided that I would try the bike racks on the TTC buses to save myself from getting too sweaty and disheveled before getting to the baby shower.
I’ve used public transit bike racks in BC before and the ones on the TTC buses are exactly the same. You just push up on a metal handle, pull the whole rack down towards you, lift your bike into the wheel slots and then secure your front wheel with an expandable leaver thingy (yes, thingy).
The TTC even dedicates a whole page to the bus bike racks. Unfortunately, if you want to watch a video of how to secure your bike on these racks, you’ll have to download a video …. they don’t have any embedded.
After biking across town on Lawrence, I arrived at T-buds for an afternoon tea for two expecting moms. There are a few hills on Lawrence but nothing like the hills that you encounter when riding north bound, so I arrived hot but presentable.
And then I rode through the Beltline, bike lanes and my fav Russell Hill Road to get home! I try to turn my GPS app on every time I ride down Russell Hill Road to see what my top speed is. This time I topped out at 37kms/hr (my goal is to reach 40kms/hr – I’m almost there).
I think I might make use of the bike racks on the TTC buses more often, now that I know how civilized one a can feel sitting in an air conditioned vehicle that is doing all the work, climbing up hills for you.