Friday, July 1, 2011

Next Time, Check a Map First

A few weeks ago, I mentioned that I live near a trail that follows the route of an old railway line. The trail stops after a couple of kilometres, but I know that it picks up again...somewhere...then runs quite far east.

I set out on my bike on Saturday to check it out.

Without first looking at a map.

I was SURE that I could find it!

I went from here: here, shortly before the trail ends:

...then tried to pick the trail up again. I went through a number of nice parks, over this bridge:

...past some really nice houses - including a few that are growing edibles in raised beds on the city-owned part of their lots (strawberries, dill, tomatoes and watermelon in this one!):

...and finally stopped here:

...which was 8.75 KM from my house...

...and never did find that trail again. Turned around and rode back home.

Even though I didn't find the trail, it was a pretty great ride - 17.5KM round trip and rode on a number of nice streets that I'd never been down before.


Next time? I check a map first before I head out.

Here's this week's recap: 

On Sunday, we rode our bikes over this bridge...

...along this trail...
Sunday - Family bike ride day! Took the kids to a park by the lake and spent a great afternoon exploring the bike trails around the waterfront. Found one that connects to the river where my son and I went kayaking last week. Was amazed to check a map later and realize that we rode about 7KM - which is by far a record for my 7-year-old! Later - kids and I went swimming at our local outdoor pool with our neighbour and her daughter. It was opening weekend - which meant that the pool was not crowded, and definitely not warm either!

...stopped for a drink...
Monday - Curves after dinner.

...went through this archway...
Tuesday - rest day.

...skipped stones in the lake...
Wednesday - Zumba AND an ab class after dinner, then home to play catch for a while.

...over to this trail...
Thursday - Curves in the afternoon; hit a few balls around at a park while my husband went for a run, then hit the playground.

...back to the bridge and over to a playground to hit the swings and climbers. Great ride!
Friday - Happy Canada Day! Lazy day today - tomorrow is the Do Life 5K!

Willows are her favourite!
Week 4 'Queen of the Circuit' challenges:

Drink more water - check
Workout 3x - check
Bring in a healthy recipe - check
Check body mass - check. Ugh. It's not moving.
Do an ab class - check
Do 3 extra reps on each station during every workout - check
Participate in a game - my trainer says that the Do Life 5K will do :-)

Here's what I've been reading: Bullfighting by Roddy Doyle, Best Laid Plans by Terry Fallis (very good!), Irma Voth by Miriam Toews.


  1. Great job! Sometimes it's fun to get a little lost. :) I can't wait to hear about the Do Life 5k. After you posted I went and checked it out they are going to be in Denver in a couple of weeks only I'm going to be out of town, I would totally have gone it looks like fun and they are so inspiring.

  2. Thanks! Should be fun - the kids are really looking forward to meeting them, too. Don't know how these guys are fitting their IM training in, considering that they are logging so many hours in the car - crazy!