I arrived in Toronto after 2 weeks of a professional course in mechanics in Guelph.
Mechanic course at the Winterborne Bicycle Institute in Guelph, Ontario.
A lot of reading!
And a lot of practice in an 11-day course (88 hours). Extremely comprehensive. No wonder these guys have the title of the best bicycle mechanics course in Canada!
I was 19 days without riding. My body was feeling it but my mind was feeling it even more.
Toronto is lovely, flat, full of trees and wonderful sidewalks. Walking here is no problem. I got here during the best season, sun, heat, flowers, a lot of green.
General view of Toronto as seen from the Toronto Islands. Beautiful, flat and with wonderful sidewalks, the city is an invitation to walk.
The people in the street seem happier and stay out on the streets, parks and bars until late. The sun sets at 9pm.
But I felt kind of strange. First, I thought that it was because it had been a while since I’d seen so many people, so much movement, so much speed…
Later I thought it was an urgency to experience the city in its fullness. So much life, so much to see, visit and feel…
Then I thought it was because I missed my home, there was a resemblance to São Paulo and a lot of things reminded me of my “home” routine, figuring that my “routine mode” hadn’t turned off yet; therefore, I caught myself looking at a girl on a bike, returning home, probably after a day of work, with a basket full of purchases. Some vegetables, a bottle of wine. Perhaps dinner for that evening. I sighed.
So many pretty things to see! Look at this Jade (Strongylodon macrobotrys) in Allan Gardens.
Nathan Phillips Square and the official photo of all the tourists who come to Toronto.
The following day, I used the bike Share system of the city, Toronto bike Share. I got on the bike, comfortable… I thought about my little butterfly. What shape was she in? She was all alone in that garage. Did I need to oil the chain? A little transmission cleaning? Would she be ready to get back on the road?
Bike Share Toronto: hundreds of station points. Bikes with front and back lights, fender with a skirt protector and a basket to carry small packages. One big plus is: anyone with a credit card can use the system (for 1-3 days) without signing up. The price is also reasonable: US$7.00 per day.
So much to see! Paracycle in Kensington. Full up on a sunny Sunday!
I concentrated on the bike from bike Share. I got it positioned on the sidewalk and started to pedal. The hot breeze blew the hair out of my face. I smiled, relieved. This was it. I was missing riding, for the first time I was feeling this!
It was then I understood that riding is part of my new routine. I was missing it, my new “routine”. Now my days are no longer come and go, I only go…