After my long ride last week I needed to take it a bit easier. I may have overdone it a bit with a minor injury that I need to take care of. That doesn’t mean no riding but it does likely mean that there won’t be another 200 km ride this year.
Last Tuesday I volunteered to deliver more vegetables for Bike Brigade. This was another great ride but there were some challenges. As I rode to my pickup point I saw that the sunny day was about to end. Dark dark clouds loomed in the west and were quickly coming. By the time I got to the pickup point they were almost on top of us.
I managed to get all the vegetables packed in my trailer before it became dark as night. I turned on my lights to be visible and got on my way. The rain was torrential for about ten minutes soaking me to the skin. It was a warm rain, though, and even as I was completely wet I felt a bit invincible. Look at me riding through any weather! (OK, sure, it’s not an ice storm but…) The deliveries were all in a relatively small area so I got them done quickly with one lone delivery on the other side of town. As I rode the rain tapered off and the quality of light became stunningly beautiful. The clouds were dark but there was beautiful light coming from a break in them. When I arrived there the people at the buildings were cheering to appreciate the frontline workers. I’m glad that’s still continuing.
As I got closer to home it looked as if more rain was on the way. And not only that my achilles tendon was complaining a bit. It looks like hauling 80-100 lbs of vegetables by bicycle all around the city was too much. I’ll be taking this week off from that.
I did still go out, though, and a few nights ago I went out on a 20 km loop to enjoy the sunset and check out the new bike lanes on Danforth Ave – a street cyclists have been wanting to see bike lanes on for literally decades here in Toronto.
Last night I took another ride out to do a bit of grocery shopping. I have been seeing this next thing nearly every time I go out to deliver vegetables but with a big trailer I tend to not want to stop. This time I had only my bike and so I stopped to share this with you.
To me, this is the path forward for humanity and nothing has made this more evident than the pandemic. “Give what you can, take what you need” says the sign on this Little Free Pantries box. Inside you’ll find non-perishable food left by caring people for people in need to take. Why? The Little Free Pantries site says this:
It is estimated that food insecurity affects almost 1 in 5 Toronto households (18.5%). Toronto Little Free Pantry Project’s objective is to address this need on a local level and ultimately make our city a better place. We are communities coming together, building, hosting and stocking Little Free Pantries in order to help those in need amongst us.– Little Free Pantries site
While it’s always been the case, it’s never been more evident that some people are having an easy time of life while others are struggling just to get by. I feel incredibly lucky to be in a relatively secure job with free time in a country where mostly the pandemic is being managed well. (A total of 230 new cases in all of Canada yesterday, for example). But people are in trouble. Therefore we need to do what we can with these additional blessings of time and money to help those who are needing it. And likewise, people who are in need should feel comfortable asking for help. This is how society moves forward and improves.
Be safe, everyone.