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Yes, I got to ride again this year! Apologies to anyone who was looking forward to an invite to ride as well. Next year!
Brrr, 7 Celsius Sunday morning September 26th, a little out of my comfort zone but sunny and with temperatures rising, I popped the front wheel off my bike and stuffed the parts into my hatchback. Reassembly does involve putting the front brake back together but it’s getting easier with practice. This allows me to get safely down to the Waterfront trail, which is gorgeous. A few weeks ago, a trio of pure white swans flew overhead with their very long necks and muted honk. So elegant!
Port Perry served as the starting point this year. They had many cheerful volunteers and the most pleasant port-a-potty ever. The staggered start had us heading east on a well marked new route, mostly smooth bike lanes except for one road that had more patches than a quilt. Lake Scugog to my left and geese flying overhead, it’s really a huge marshy area. Birds chirp here and there, horses in many places. One eyed me for several seconds before swooshing it’s tail in approval.
I was relieved to have chosen the middle distance of 50 km as both my knees chose this day to complain. Grr. They’re fine now…
We cut through beautiful fields of green and gold and I welcomed the smell of manure as a sign of being free of Covid-19. Have you ever seen 7 donkeys at once? The joys of riding a bike!
Early in the summer I usually bring a handful of cherries to enjoy when I ride (and spit out the pits in the hopes of growing cherry trees!) but lately I’ve been skipping this, preferring to stick to keto and keep insulin low. After the second hour I seemed to be moving as slowly as the snails in my garden so I helped myself to a pack of gummies at a water stop. Candy, yum! Just three little gummies but I powered to the finish. What a rush!
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