Canada tour - Day 0 - Arriving in Toronto
Based on the recommendation of folks I met through my local
biking e-mail list (www.bikewashington.org), I signed up for
a bike tour with Bike and the Like (www.bikeandthelike.com).
I chose the O Canada trip for the level of riding (which was
just about right), the scenery, and because it fit
my schedule. Bike and the Like is run by Suzie and Roger, a
very sweet couple who love to ride and like to keep their trips
simple and inexpensive.
I did this ride on my Bike Friday Pocket Crusoe, which is a light
touring bike and also a great travel bike (it fits in a suitcase).
When I signed up for the tour, I also decided to spring for a
Bike Friday, since none of my other bikes--two single speed mountain bikes
and a cheapie Dahon folding bike--were really suitable. My bike
arrived at my house in may--by September I had put 800 miles on it and was
ready to go.
The flight went well, but it wasn't clear where I should look for
my shuttle pickup (Suzie with the SAG wagon). I made an educated guess
and Suzie spotted me with my Bike Friday suitcase on the curb.
Suzie also found Pat and Nancy, and their bike boxes, fairly
quickly--they had been on the same
flight as I--but finding Dave from Denver took longer.
I wound up going in to ask for info once and even drove
the van on one loop around the airport while Suzie was inside looking.
We found him.
After a quick check-in at the motel, the five of us, plus Roger, had
a nice lunch together, where we learned
about Canadian money (loonies and toonies).
I got my bike assembled without trouble and got in a quick 3 mile ride
before the group dinner.
Dave put together this route map. His Canada tour web page can be found at
Canada Tour / Jonathan Krall / revised September 2005