Why I Love Toronto Reason #202
Biking By Lake Ontario (Starting at Humber River Trail, to Sunnyside, to the Waterfront to HTO Park)
Today I biked for the first time this year on my usual trail and it was the most amazing time ever! It was so awesome, considering that I had a pretty long night (because of school) and a pretty bad morning. I became a biker thanks to a life changing moment in which I got to bike around the French Alps in Annecy. Now over the summer months my friend Ariel and I will be discovering and biking down a number of routes so you’ll have a lot of bike related posts! (I’m talking to all you biking riding hipsters out there!). However, today was the perfect day to start getting back into your workout routine (which I definitely needed) and also it seemed to be the day all the really hot people came out of hibernation – I mean I’m surprised I did not crash checking people out. Now my theory is that they were always around, but hiding under all those winter layers of last season!
So let’s start my journey. I got off at Old Mill Station and started my decent to the start of the Humber River Trail and everything was the same in that area, same sketchy looking shelter where laws are probably broken, same squirrels running out in front of you making you swerve into the grass, but there was some new graffiti and some of the bushes were trimmed or cut down so you could actually see the river. Plus the smell from the sewage plant was hardly noticeable today! I continued by going underneath the highway bridge, and going underneath the Go Train Bridge, which I always think is awesome because you get to hear them pass by overtop of you.
I then reached the Humber Bay Arch Bridge (Reasons #36 and #101 for the love locks). I stopped at the rocks and took a look at the city setting my mark to where I wanted to go. I sat down and just looked around for the minute and the area was so alive. Couples taking pictures, a girl reading a book while facing the lake, kayakers passing by and a group of men casting off into the lake. As I continued I went through the Sunnyside area passing by some of the old structures form the amusement park era and as I biked by I saw people tanning, stone skipping, playing lawn bowling, a man was drinking in public and apparently it was so hot that a man decided to wear his Camo leather looking short shorts while going for his jog today. As I kept going I saw a man cutting the lawn of the Boulevard club as well as an old lady feeding geese. I continued to my bike ride passing the now abandoned Ontario Place and heard the planes over my head going to land at the Island Airport.
Then I went to one of my favorite spots to sit and rest up. I go down Stadium Rd which ends at this water passage way. What lies across is the Island Airport. Today, I decided to sit there and watch the planes go into their hangars and hang my feet over the edge. I continued to Little Norway Park and stopped to check out the Abandoned Canada Malting Co. Silos, as well as watch this adorable chocolate lab play catch.
Finally, I continued to HTO park where I sat drank some water and pulled out the Book of Awesome all underneath the shadow of the CN Tower.While I was at HTO park people were posing for pictures, tanning once again and a lot of them were intensely making out! Like get a room make out! Well hey spring makes everyone a little sexually restless let’s not lie.
Biking was a such a perfect way to de-stress today. I needed it and it just reminded me how beautiful this city is in spring time when the sun is shining and the people are out and about. So to all you bikers out there, tomorrow may be the last day for a while where we have these summer like temperatures and I suggest that you take your bike, rollerblades or put on your jogging shoes and head out to this trail, it truly amazing what you will see.
That Is Why I Love Toronto.
Ps. If you have not read my two articles in The U of T Varsity Magazine! It’s the previous post!
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