Sunday, 6 June 2010

Day 18 Grimsby to Toronto

Sunday 6th June
Daily mileage 21miles Average Speed 9.59mph Ride Time 2hr09min
We experienced more rain and strong winds last night, the tent floor seeped a little and the tent was swaying back and forth but overall it withstood the elements well. We had set the alarm for 6am with the intention of setting off early to beat the winds but it was raining and there were stronger winds than yesterday so we stayed in bed!
We eventually ventured from the tent at 9am where the rain had stopped and the wind had eased a little. The weather report said 40-60kmh winds from the NE which by the way had turned to be yet again straight in our faces… not impressed.
We covered up and cycled 5 miles along the north service road to a coffee breakfast in a convenience store then a further 5 miles until the beach boulevard took us over a bridge past Hamilton and into Burlington. We stopped at a few stands that were on the lake side where a cycle race was being promoted and had taken place that morning. Only 5 riders turned up due to the strong winds and showers which we knew about all too well.
We had already been told about the Go Train which allows cycles and just so happened to be going our way into Toronto. We contemplated whether this was cheating but came to the conclusion that as Toronto is back in an easterly direction we were not gaining any distance or making any progress on our East to West coast adventure. Technically Toronto is out of our way and in the wrong direction but we did not want to miss it and we wanted to catch up with our friends Kevin and Brenda and meet our warm shower hosts Hannah and David.
So we cycled a further 5 miles to the train station and took the 50 min train ride while chatting to a nice interesting bloke on the train who was into photography. As we arrived in Toronto a bit early to meet our hosts we stopped for lunch at the market then cycled a further 5 miles to their apartment by High Park on the outskirts of the city. The roads were terrible to ride on although the weather had perked up, including the wind dying down and the sun coming out, it feels like a different day.
Hannah and David made us welcome in their lovely new place that they only moved into 2 weeks ago and are busy assembling Ikea flat packs, doesn’t everybody love that job! Rockwood the house rabbit is loving the excitement of it all! We pretty much relaxed and made ourselves at home with a home cooked curry for dinner, thanks to you both for putting us up! Our hosts have a great cycle tour company

1 comment:

  1. I LOVE CURRY ...mmm mmm good...warms the vascular system :o) thanks for the web site...will check it out...peace babies :o)