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Old 02-19-11, 06:22 PM   #1
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Finding places you would like to ride...

Went to the garbage dump today (in a truck, had some stuff to go there that was too big for town pickup), saw a couple of places I want to ride to and explore during the summer riding season. One was a wetland, saw two ducks and a beaver. This is a place I want to explore with a camera in the summer....

Anyone else see places when they are not on their bike, that they want to explore when
they are on their bike?
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Old 02-20-11, 12:28 AM   #2
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ALL the time. When my husband and I are out for a drive, I find myself staring intently at the countryside. He'll often ask what I'm doing and I'll tell him I'm trying to decide if this area would be good to cycle. On extended drives, I even will look for good areas to camp since one can camp most anưwhere here in Sweden and I still cling to my dream of touring.
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Old 02-20-11, 06:50 AM   #3
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Unfortunately since we live in the city without a car, finding places that seem good to ride is rare. But it does happen!
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Yep, almost every time I'm on a road trip. I envision riding on the seemingly endless strips of asphalt that I pass over, or parallel during the drive. Lucky for me is that when I'm traveling, it's usually me on my way to another event ride of some sort. I kind of get to fill that fantasy once I get there.
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Ottawa and the surrounding area have miles and miles of bike paths, rail trails and quiet country roads. They're all on maps, but the maps don't really tell the story. It's the ones I see from the car or the bus that seem enticing, wondering where they go and what there is to see along the way. I have a list of possible mini-tours that will take years to ride. So winter can just go away any time, as far as I'm concerned. Let's get started.
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Unfortunately since we live in the city without a car, finding places that seem good to ride is rare. But it does happen!
Yes and the TTC (or what will be left of it when Robbie Ford is done with it) tends not to go through areas that are safe to bicycle. I don't miss that overgrown hamlet
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Absolutely! That was one of my silent new year's resolutions to myself: to boldly ride where I had never ridden before.
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All the time and I have done/do them. I know you don't like to drive to the start but I can't see how you can live by this rule when there are so many places to ride. If I rode to the places I like to ride, every ride for Gina and I would be a century.
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Went to the garbage dump today (in a truck, had some stuff to go there that was too big for town pickup), saw a couple of places I want to ride to and explore during the summer riding season. One was a wetland, saw two ducks and a beaver. This is a place I want to explore with a camera in the summer....

Anyone else see places when they are not on their bike, that they want to explore when
they are on their bike?
Not as often as I'd like, or as you would suppose. The Philadelphia suburbs aren't terribly inspiring for cycling, in my opinion. Also, when I'm driving it's to get from point A to point B. So I don't notice little things I would on a bike.

I tend to find areas to cycle from reading descriptions online, or from recommendations by friends.
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All the time and I have done/do them. I know you don't like to drive to the start but I can't see how you can live by this rule when there are so many places to ride. If I rode to the places I like to ride, every ride for Gina and I would be a century.
Toronto, is one of those cities where you don't really need a car, so when I lived there, I didn't have one, the heavy traffic and high speed arterial roads were not fun to ride on, a ride in the country meant driving some place else. Now living on the Bruce Peninsula, things are a little different, things are a lot further apart, it's mostly rural, some roads you could ride on all day and see no more then a dozen cars, some of those roads are paved, some are gravel, some are little more then a dirt track, and some of the developed areas are places like Oxenden, the sign welcome to and thank you for visiting could be on the same post, it's a dozen houses and a gift shop (which is not open in the winter). There are parks and lakes all over, so there are many places to go that are within cycling distance. There is a definite advantage when you love nature and live within spitting distance of The Bruce Trail....
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I'm in Toronto and I find the biggest challenge is finding variety in my routes and scheduling to avoid busy times. My favourite ride is the Don River Trail from Sunnybrook Park to the Beaches in the east end of Toronto, and back again thru the Distillery District, up Sherbourne Street, Rosedale, then thru Mount Pleasant Cemetery. The iffiest part of the route is Sherbourne Street between Richmond and Bloor. It's a separate bike lane for nearly the entire length of Sherbourne street but it's the most depressing part of the route. Mens' shelters, homeless people in the park, psychiatric patients who still should be in psychiatric wards, poverty and occasionally aggressive panhandling. For the most part the Don River Trail isn't very busy but holidays and weekends can be brisk on different sections of the route, like in the picnic spots throughout Sunnybrook Park, or closer to the Beaches on the weekend, or the south section of the trail itself. I think the route is about 40 km in total -- but easy to shorten or lengthen.

I want to ride south on the Humber Bay trail from about Eglinton to the lakeshore. I've walked sections of it (love the bridge crossings!) but the trail is much, much busier than the Don. As well it's a longer, more winding path to get from my home to Eglinton and Royal York, although there are plenty of buses and they all have bike carriers. I haven't tried the bike carriers yet, it's on my list.
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... there are plenty of buses and they all have bike carriers. I haven't tried the bike carriers yet, it's on my list.
Mine too. I love that idea. Some nice day in the spring I hope to take the bus to downtown Ottawa, meet my wife for a nice outdoor lunch in the Market, then ride back to the burbs via the Ottawa River Parkway MUP, the Greenbelt trails and the Ottawa-Carleton Trailway. That should take all afternoon and work off all the lunch calories.
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All the time!! and for many, many, years! I seem more obsessed than ever to assess roads and the potential for riding on them. I also watch drivers.... so, so many of them are more and more distracted it seems. The ones who wander into bike lanes, I try to assess...were they distracted? Looking down at their phones or something? or do they just assume that part of the road is theirs? If a cyclist were there would they have noticed them?

On short travel trips in the car.... if I'm not driving I'm often leaning with my head up against the window, watching the landscape... and if we're on a beautiful country road with ample width for bikes.... smooth surfacing..... I will begin to drool and make sounds likened to Homer Simpson with a doughnut.... "Hmmm...... nice.... smooth..."
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As part of a vacation in Spain in '98 I took the train from Madrid to Granada and did a day trip from Granada to Ronda. I thought Andalucia looked like a great place to ride. Ended up spending seven weeks touring there two years later.
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