Tuesday, May 08, 2007

touring your own city

As far as biking news goes - I took a chain link out of the Kona's chain to remove some yucky skipping that was happening yesterday. It didn't skip once on the bike to work today, so I think maybe I'm set! Yay! Freakin' Finally!

Here's how you spend a weekend being a tourist in your own city - and all these photos can be enlarged by clicking on them:
marketbuilding_exterior
You and your girlfriend ride your bikes down to the St. Lawrence Market at Front and Jarvis. Although the picture above shows the more famous building, you don't go in there, because it's basically all meat and you and your girlfriend have been vegans for a few months now.
freshveggies
Instead you go into the (mainly) fruit & veg building, where you buy veggie samosas and wolf down two of them while your girlfriend isn't looking.
vegbuilding2
If you're really lucky, your girlfriend has a "plan" and whatever you pick up this morning will very soon become apple/potato soup and various other yummy things.
vegbuilding3

And then on Sunday - the same day that you visit the Riverdale Farm, you go to your girlfriend's "Hike for Hospice" fundraising event.
hospice_sign
These are the people who take care of the dying. That's very blunt, but that's the gist of it. When your uncle is dying all alone in his home and doesn't want to spend his last days in a hospital, these are the people who visit your uncle, assess his needs, and line up truly truly truly wonderful volunteers who visit your uncle and take care of him through to the end.
canoers_don
And while you're on the hike - walking up and down the Don Valley trail - you might get lucky and see flotillas of canoers making their way down the Don River towards Lake Ontario.

And to finish, I'm going to steal two links from George:
a) Why you should never eat Factory Farmed Chicken again.
b)Why George Bush, aside from the Iraq fiasco, will go down in history as one of the most muddled presidents ever.

And here's proof that Google has a sense of humour:
1. go to Google
2. click on "maps"
3. click on "get directions"
4. type "New York" in the first box (the "from" box)
5. type "London" in the second box (the "to" box)
6. scroll down to step #24 for directions...

5 comments:

vic said...

Nice. I plan on "touring" Toronto alot this summer too. I saw quite a bit of the city by bicycle over the last two summers. It's fun being "new" here and having all these places to explore.

Going places by bike makes it so much more fun and interesting as well.

Will have to go to the St. Lawrence Market again soon. I rarely make it east of Yonge St. :)

Jerome said...

Hey, I like that step 24. Next time I'm going to London, I'll just swim the Atlantic. I always thought it was a little more difficult to get to London than that. Thanks Google!!

Melissa said...

haha, swim.

I think that my blogs often leave people with nothing to say in response which is why I don't get a lot of comments. lol.

cyclingdave said...

thanks for the tour. sure makes me miss t.o. glad to hear the chain is improved.

Melissa said...

it was taken in Ompah, Ontario. That's way up by Ottawa, well not by it, but in that area.