If we were having coffee, I would tell you I am what this cycle-friendly region calls a “joy rider,” not ready for the hills of the escarpment (road riders), or set up for long distance routes (tour riders). But 120 kilometres of our pathways are just my speed, and I cycle for the bliss of it each day (see bike-travel video below).
SCENES ALONG MY BIKEWAYS
If you were here, I would invite you to fly along a bikeway with me. We would see:
- Marshes, full of trilling birds – egrets, great blue herons, sleek, low-flying cormorants, and majestic swans.
- Carp, boiling the water as they writhe into the marshy shallows to spawn.
- A groundhog, smart, evasive and cartoonish as we try to take a picture.
- Mist, suspended in the mid-range of the distant mountain, not quite a cloud.
- A meadow, one of dozens, begging for a picnic.
- A profusion of weeds in flower in a quiet cove.
Many of my rides are on the Georgian Trail, a 34-km (21-mile) ribbon of green that follows the route of the original Northern Railway along the southern shore of Georgian Bay. See more on the area’s 650 km of bike trails here.
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