Dear fellow Toronto cyclists,
This Sunday, May 8, I will be riding from College and Ossington to Tottenham, Ontario and back. It's about 45 km there, so 90 in total. This is an important ride for me, and I'm alone in Toronto, so I'm wondering if anyone would like to join.
Here's the thing: I'm a former messenger from Vancouver. For the last sixteen years, since I was seventeen years old, there have been two amazing little friends in my life. On Wednesday night/Thursday morning at 12:30 a.m., I had to say goodbye to one of them, as she died. Her name was Lady Jane. She wasn't just a friend to me - she shared her love with quite a few Vancouver two-wheelers (not to mention Montrealers, Prince Edward Islanders, and others) and will be missed by all.
I will be burying Lady Jane on Sunday at 2:00 p.m. at a cemetery in Tottenham, and then riding back to Toronto. I am here on my own in Toronto, and while I can and will do the ride alone for her, if there is anyone out there who would like to ride along for support, I could sure use it right now. If I was in Vancouver I would call on the community to ride with me. Even though I haven't been able to connect with the community here in Toronto yet, I'm putting it out there just in case. If there are any current or former road warriors who would like to support one of your own in need by getting out on a sunny Sunday, please get in touch. We don't have to talk about L.J., you don't have to go to the burial, I would just really appreciate some friends along the way.
You can reach me by return email above, or just show up if you like. I'll be leaving from College and Ossington at 10:00 on Sunday morning. This will be more of a cruise than a race.