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Day 1: Growing Pains

Managed to get through the first day of the biking trip! Here are the route details: 

Toronto to Cobourg

Distance: 131 KM biked 

Time Spent Biking: Around 8 hours (Google maps led me astray, see below)

Overview: Today was a great first day, although the weather wasn't ideal - the headwind and rain made the ride a lot tougher. I took a route along Lake Ontario, which made for some really good views but pretty bad exposure to the elements. 

The start of the day was great - I went over my list and checked it twice, and loaded everything onto my bike. Riding with that load is really different than regular biking (sharp turns = falling to your death) so it definitely took some getting used to.

 The set-up: somehow managed to get 25 days worth of things and 80 days worth of granola bars onto this bike. 

The set-up: somehow managed to get 25 days worth of things and 80 days worth of granola bars onto this bike. 

 Very weird way to start off the day - but glad that crazy people still get recognized. 

Very weird way to start off the day - but glad that crazy people still get recognized. 

I started off the ride biking with my mom, who kept me company for the first 20 KM. We biked through Toronto and stopped for lunch past Pickering, and it was really nice to spend some time with my main lady before I headed off for the entire adventure. 

 Reaching Lakeshore with the boss. 

Reaching Lakeshore with the boss. 

 Romantic sandwich lunch to say goodbye.

Romantic sandwich lunch to say goodbye.

The conditions were crazy in some places. Even in Toronto, some areas of the route were flooded - guess it was my fault for leaving Toronto during MONSOON SEASON APPARENTLY. But, at the end of the day, the water only slowed things down a bit. 

 It turns out that pavement is one of those things that you don’t appreciate until it’s gone. The trail I took went from a paved bike path, to a forest trail, to a narrow bike shoulder on the side of a regular road.

It turns out that pavement is one of those things that you don’t appreciate until it’s gone. The trail I took went from a paved bike path, to a forest trail, to a narrow bike shoulder on the side of a regular road.

The Google Maps Story

I'll admit, Google Maps is pretty great - it was really helpful in planning my route. Just to make sure, however, I cross-referenced Google with the official maps outlining the Waterfront Trail - what I'm following for the first part of my route. 

A few hours into the trip, the Waterfront Trail signs suddenly stopped, and the road became a lot less welcoming: 

 Please don't do this to me Google Maps.

Please don't do this to me Google Maps.

 WHAT DID I JUST SAY GOOGLE MAPS

WHAT DID I JUST SAY GOOGLE MAPS

After circling around, I ran into two other bikers who said that they had the exact same problem - apparently that section of the trail had been closed, and the only way to get around was to go on a sideroad right beside the 401. Lost a bit of time on this, but hey, that's life. 

 Ran out of water at one point, but ran into this country bar in the middle of nowhere - never been so happy to hear country music in my life. 

Ran out of water at one point, but ran into this country bar in the middle of nowhere - never been so happy to hear country music in my life. 

After an absolutely exhausting first day, my cramping legs and I arrived at my first host's location - will thank Madison and her family for their hospitality in my next post! This trip is going to be absolutely grueling, but one way or another, I'll make it - may have to buy a motorcycle at some point though :) 

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Victor