Toronto to Port Hope - The First Metric Century Ride of 2005
Posted on May 27, 2005
Thursday evening after work I made the 112.7 km trek from my apartment at St. George and Bloor downtown Toronto to my parent's place outside of Port Hope. The trip took just over 4 hours, and I really felt that post winter feeling in my legs by the time I was climbing the last few big hills.
One rides through quite a transition on this trip: from downtown traffic, through downtown neighbourhoods, through (the neighbourhood I was born in) Scarborough, through cyclist-unfriendly suburbia in Pickering and Whitby, through downtown Oshawa and then finally out into the fairly wide open country side near Bowmanville and Newcastle. By the time I was riding the final 15 km of the trip it was pitch black, and I'd only see the occasional car - a big change from being run off the road by cabs downtown! The roads are smoother out here, there are fewer lights, motorists are more patient and accomodating, and the air is cleaner and cooler.
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