I will be adding urban riding adventures into the mix in 2011. I’m researching routes through the downtown Toronto core.
I live 30 minutes away from the center of a world class city yet I have only seen a small portion of the city. I’ve seen the highlights. Now I want to explore Toronto from the seat of a bike … up close and personal.
With safety as a consideration I am planning routes using bike paths and bike lanes predominately. The early morning weekend ride times mean traffic will be as light as possible.
These rides are going to be tours. I will be stopping to “smell the roses” and take a few pictures along the way.
I’m planning some urban rides in dowtown Toronto soon. We might be stopping for a bite to eat or a bit of sight seeing. I think it might be prudent to consider securing the bikes while we roam around. Here is an interesting youtube video on locking bikes.
Sunday Nov 7, 2010 Daylight Savings time changed today. Our 7:30AM departure didn’t feel so early since it would have been 8:30AM if the clocks hadn’t been set back overnight. Drew and Todd riding. Ange was intending to ride. He was up and ready to go. Unfortunately he had some serious equipment problems with his trail bike. He was unable to go. It was a brisk 2C but we were dressed for the occasion. We headed down to Erindale Park via the trails and had only been riding a few minutes when we suddenly came upon three deer right near the trail. I only saw them at the last second and we stopped immediately. I expected the deer to run as they normally are spooked by the bikes. These deer seemed quite indifferent to us. I pulled the camera out of my pocket and snapped a few pictures. They were really quite close to us. Probably less than 50 feet way. It was a nice ride. I was surprised to still see fishermen on the Credit River. I didn’t see anybody catching anything. We followed the River North. I had not been North of Britannia Road. We went a bit further than that before we had to stop and turn back. I was on a time schedule to get back and take Andrew to hockey practice. We took a quick picture before turning back.
It was a pleasant ride back until 1:52 minutes into the ride. That’s when I ran out of rib roast from the previous evening’s dinner. I pretty much hit the wall and not much energy. At that point we weren’t very far from home. The last 2 km was a nice cool down.