Okay! So today I biked to Oshawa, and then at the end of the day I biked down to the Whitby Go Station, took the train to Danforth, and biked home from there. Basically a two hour adventure, which is the fastest I've made it home so far.
Thinking I would call this segment "All Winds Are Headwinds" I'll complain about how the wind was hammering out of the northeast this morning (so I was grinding my way right into it for 2 1/2 hours). However I did make it up my big climb of the ride, which I have to say is a little bit worse than the Scarborough Bluffs climb that most of us downtown cyclists do for hill training. I don't know why I didn't make it last Wednesday, maybe the carb loading last night really helped.
And then I thought I'd call this post "My Life is a 10cm wide strip of Highway 7." I don't know if other cyclists experience this, but as transports were blowing by me this morning, I noticed that first a gust of wind would push me towards the gravel, and then a following wind suck pulls you towards the truck. So your life depends on how well you can surf these two winds and stay on your little 10 cm strip between the white line and the gravel shoulder.
The ride from Durham College to Whitby Go Station? It was okay.. a bit dicey at the bottom of Garden Road coming towards Dundas where I fell into gravel at high speed and my handlebars shifted a bit.
I still haven't seen anybody on a bike in Oshawa or Whitby. Don't people out there bike? Do they know something I don't know?