Showing posts with label biking. Show all posts
Showing posts with label biking. Show all posts

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Urban Biking in Toronto




I'm officially on vacation and spending some time in Toronto.  Rather than give you my latest insights about speech therapy, or rant and rave about the stupidity of the North Carolina General Assembly, I thought I would offer some images of urban biking.  Normally, when David and I bike, it's on a beautiful rural rail-to-trail somewhere- far from sirens, bus stops, traffic, and graffiti. Urban trail biking is completely different---in some ways more interesting, and let me experience a city like none of my other middle-aged friends have.
Martin Goodman trail
Don River trail
 We started off on the Don River Trail, and then ended up on the Martin Goodman Trail.  Highlights included seeing the CN tower from all angles, stopping at the Distillery District, biking along the waterfront, crossing bridges, zipping through tunnels, and seeing every type of graffiti imaginable.  I loved it and we logged 30 miles round trip.



It started off looking slightly woodsy--that lasted about 5 minutes.




It's a big city
Distillery District

Distillery District (this looks like a pacifier, don't you think?)



Can you spot the CN tower behind the graffiti?

Over the Don River



How did the painters do this without falling in?




Thirty miles!



 Stay tuned for more!!!!














Monday, August 6, 2012

Greenbrier River Trail in West Virginia

David and I are still on a road trip.  Now we are in Lewisburg WV which is a very cute small town with lots of touristy shops, antique stores and restaurants.  There are several of historical sites here, and we've enjoyed walking around looking at all of the old houses (some of them former log cabins).  Lewisburg is also close to the Greenbrier River Trail----a 78 mile rail to trail.  I love rail to trails! 
Obligatory geocaching--not too many here

Lily pads

One cool thing about this trail is the tunnel.
Short and unlit, kids would love it!


There is lots of private property, camps, farms, and fields bordering the trail with a variety of things to look at (from a distance).  The photo to the left shows a swinging bridge across the river.  I was dying to go on it, but resisted the urge since it was private. 


The trail is 78 miles long and goes through some of the most remote areas of West Virginia.  We saw few bikers----and biked 30 miles total over two days.  I highly recommend it!
Canadian geese


Another view of the trail


screenshot of our bnb description

We are staying at a very sweet bed and breakfast, by the way.  We found this place through the Air BnB website.    If you like meeting new people, and less expensive but cleaner places to stay, check out the website.  I've already reserved an AirBnB place in Atlanta for 50 dollars a night for the convention in November.
Our bike ride (both days) ended on a wet note!

Monday, April 2, 2012

I Love Spanish Moss!

I'm in Jacksonville Florida right now-- staying at an Air BnB, geocaching, biking on the Jacksonville-Baldwin Rail to Trail, and admiring all of the Spanish moss.  It's awesome!  Especially the moss.

Moss Heaven!
a little detour through the pine forest off the rail to trail.  Beautiful Day!
Seemed to be a herd of longhorn cattle near the bike trail. 





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Sunday, June 26, 2011

Motivation

Meadowmont turtle

I couldn't think of a catchy title for this.  I, like millions, need to find the motivation to exercise more.  I also like to fill out Google forms---iPad or computer doesn't matter to me as long as it's a form.  So, I've created a Google form for exercising, which puts all of my data into a Google spreadsheet.  I'm sure that most of you are rolling your eyes and keeling over in boredom here, but the reality is that in the mornings on weekends, I'm finding the motivation to go on great 10 mile bike rides through the Meadowmont and the Finley golf course trails.  For you nature-lovers out there, I've photographed herons, turtles, ducks, cattails, and dragonflies.  I wasn't quick enough for a picture of the fox.  Incredibly, I've kept this up since April--a record for me!
my data

My Google form
Meadowmont heron

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Washington & Old Dominion Rail-to-Trail

Check out the odometer reading!


    










This is the last vacation blog entry, unless something stupendous happens on the way home tomorrow (I doubt it).  Today, David and I both reached a new biking distance record--35 miles on the GPS odometer. The place was the Washington & Old Dominion Bike Trail in northern Virginia with the whole trail extending 45 miles--David and I did a smaller part, starting in Arlington, ending in Vienna with Falls Church in between, and then biking back.
Before the W & OD trail, we entered the trail system via a trail named 4 Mile Run. Very nice!

Husband--he had to work hard to keep up with me!

View of the trail around Arlington

I'm more familiar with rural trails such as the Virginia Creeper Trail, but this definitely started as an urban trail, crossing two interstates, and biking adjacent to I66 for a bit--which was pretty exciting.  It progressed to more surburban after we crossed the Beltline.  If we had been obsessed, we could have biked further on to Leesburg, where the trail passes through beautiful farm lands and wooded areas.  Maybe next time!  David and I had a great time, and now I feel very physically fit!  I would not recommend this in July or August with heat indexes at 95 or 100.  We lucked out with the weather--in the 80s with a nice breeze. 
 P.S.  We also found 9 geocaches
Crossing Interstate 66--Note the metro tracks in the middle.
Crossing the Belt Line---lots of traffic and construction.

more trail view

We stopped in Vienna for lunch at Whole Foods--right off the trail.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

The James River Bike Trail

We are still in Lynchburg and had a delightful time doing even more biking---this time down the James River Heritage bike trail.  Pictures say it all.  It's a great place to take kids for a fun, outdoor activity!!!

Lynchburg is full of old abandoned buildings.  Check out this old flour mill!

Pretty neat how a railroad bridge was converted to a bike bridge!


Husband

View of the James before arriving at Percival Island


Another bridge shot--beautiful morning! 

Obligatory cache.  He says this was one of the oldest in Virginia.  Yeah!

Bridge over the James

Turkey vultures waiting, waiting.....

The trail