Without getting into too much detail, in June of 2019, I joined a work colleague Kelly and headed to Barrie to meet a larger group of cyclists from the GTA to ride the Simcoe County Loop Trail (SCLT). This 160 km loop includes rail trail, city trails and some paved roads and has been growing … Continue reading Bikepacking the Simcoe County Loop Trail and More!
First: a brief history of my cycling life. Like many kids back in the day, I had a banana-seat 3-speed (I wish there were some photos of that bike). In high school, I got into road cycling and bought a nice Bianchi in about 1984 (I still have that bike, but I'm looking for a … Continue reading Gravel Cycling near Kitchener-Waterloo
A lot of the online resources for bikepacking describe routes that take many long days to complete. Locally, July 14, 2019 marked the inaugural Grand Depart for the BT700 - a 700 km loop around south-western Ontario! Not all bikepacking trips, however, have to been multi-day epic adventures. Last weekend, I did an overnight trip … Continue reading Bikepacking in the Kitchener-Waterloo area
After considerable debate over the past winter, my family decided we'd head to Vegas for a vacation. I had two reasons I wanted to visit this area, and neither had anything to do with gambling or the Vegas strip: (1) I wanted to visit the parks outside the city and (2) I wanted to explore … Continue reading Cycling Vegas – A Tourist’s Perspective
When faced with something new, we tend to react in one of two ways: we can embrace the change in a curious manner and learn about it, or we can turn our back on it and rationalize our fear of something we don't understand. After the fantastic Steaming Nostril cycling event a couple of weeks … Continue reading It’s more than just sharing the road.
Last fall, I blogged about the lack of continuity of bike lanes in Kitchener-Waterloo. Specifically, the lack of safe crossings of the Conestoga Parkway. I realize these things take time and money to implement, and I hope that the cities and region are moving towards better connectivity for cyclists. However... I was on a ride … Continue reading More on Bike Lanes in K-W
Each year, I try to enter a cycling event or two that supports a cause. In 2016, I raised money for two events: Share the Road Greg's Ride in September and the Ride for Heart in Toronto for the Heart and Stroke Foundation. My wife, my daughter and I have completed three of the Ride for Heart … Continue reading Ride for Heart 2017
Another ride on my wish list for 2016 was to ride along the trail in Niagara Falls. I've been there many times, but hadn't ridden the trail from Niagara-on-the-Lake before. So with the kiddo away for the weekend, J. and I decided to drive down to Niagara and check out the path. Along the way … Continue reading Ride #30 of 50 – Niagara Falls
One of the rides that has been in the back of my mind since I dreamed up this 50-in-50 idea was my first double-metric century, or 200 km. My previous longest ride was last year when a group rode down to Port Dover, had lunch by the beach and rode back. I figured I could do … Continue reading Ride 28 of 50 memorable rides – My first 200 km ride