Today was an interesting day, but I’m afraid I’m near the
end of my blog marathon and I’m running out of fuel at 2 in the morning—quick post!
We had our ride from High Park to the Leslie Street Spit
this morning. We had publicized the event, yet we were sceptical as to how many
people would show up early on a Sunday of the long weekend, on the same day as
the Gay Pride Parade. It turned out to be a lovely, relaxed event. There was a
small turnout, but most importantly, I got to see some friendly faces that I
haven’t seen in a long time. Thank you to everyone who came out to support us
We had a brief police escort through High Park and across
Lake Shore Blvd. We followed the waterfront bike pathway over to Queen’s Quay.
Our swarm of red dominated the pathway. When we got to Queen’s Quay our police
escort was nowhere to be seen. We kept biking. The sun was shining. There was a
bike lane. We were in good spirits.
At the end of the ride, we had a simple gathering. We
didn’t need to set up the microphone. We formed a simple circle and mingled.
Kerr, Gail, and I talked about moments from the journey, our motivations for
Km4C, what we wanted to see happen, and a bit about how Kerr communicates for
those who just met him.
The rest of the day was errands, emails, route planning,
and writing. I went into Cyclepath (Yonge and Eglinton), the bike shop which I
call my second family. I had slightly bent one of my cranks. I also needed to
put in a new bottom bracket and re-pack some bearings. It turned out that the
shop didn’t have the part I needed. They were kind enough to take the part off
a near $2000 bike on the floor in-order to get me rolling. This shop will never
cease to support me. They even got the whole shop, including many of the
customers, to sing me happy birthday as I entered the store. That was a bit
awkward, but thanks guys.
I’m hoping to get some time to write some insightful
blogs in the near future. The last several days have been packed—bustling with
events, reunion, celebration, and organization tasks—so I haven’t had much time
to write. Tomorrow it’s off to Peterborough. It’s 2:08am. I have to wake up at
7:30am. We have a fundraising breakfast at the Holland Bloorview Centre from
8:30am to 10:30am. After that, myself, and 3 other riders are cycling 140km to
Peterborough. I’ll have some sleep to catch up on tomorrow night. Good night!
3500km and a bit more to go :]