It’s July 3, 2012 and Daegan and I leave Cobourg, Ontario. We are on the third day of the 500 Kindnesses ride – a “charity bike ride.” Instead of asking people to donate money, which isn’t always easy for people, my son Daegan and I ask people to “sponsor” us by performing a random act of kindness somewhere and sharing what they did anonymously with us. People have bought meals for strangers, volunteered their time and visited people in old age homes. Meanwhile, the members of an old age home outside Chicago have put up a bulletin board about kindness … Continue reading Sunset on Kindness
A bit over a year ago, Daegan and I were looking for a bike ride to take in the countryside outside of Toronto. After a bit of searching I found just the thing. We headed out around lunchtime and rode … Continue reading Appreciating My Own Backyard #4: Camp 30
What a packed weekend this has been. I can’t believe I crammed *so* much in to such a short time. Friday night Sage and I went to the market in the middle of our neighbourhood, Thorncliffe Park. It was a … Continue reading Appreciating My Own Backyard #3: A Busy Weekend
I’ve talked here and elsewhere about various bike trips I’ve made – a couple of trips to Montreal for the Friends for Life Bike Rally, the second of those taking me all the way to Quebec City, a trip to … Continue reading Engineering the Unexpected #3: When Failure is a Success
We’re back in Montreal and so it’s time to look back on this trip in terms of numbers: Kilometres ridden: 550 (Approximately the distance from New York City to Pittsburgh) Shortest Riding Day: 47.9 km (Yesterday) Longest Riding Day: 162.1 km (Saturday) Tire Revolutions: 252294 Metres climbed: 4394 – about 8 CN Towers Number of flats: 0 Number of times our bikes needed a full washdown: 1 Overnight Stop Locations: 5 Times Google sent us on another sketchy route: 3 Number of International Border Crossings: 2 Number of US States visited: 2 Number of Canadian provinces visited 1 Number of potential … Continue reading Summer 2017 Ride by the Numbers
The time had come, or maybe it was overdue for us to go back home to Canada. We started our day off with the hotel’s continental breakfast – pretty limited for fueling what would be the longest day of any tour I’d ever done. I had four slices of peanut butter toast and then a bagel with some more peanut butter besides and washed it down with lots of coffee. Fueled up, we got on our bikes and headed out in to one of the most perfect days for cycling we’d yet experienced. Moderate temperatures, light wind, and dazzlingly beautiful … Continue reading Ride Day 5 – or was it 5, 6, and 7?