My goal for Thanksgiving long weekend was far from anything “turkey related”. Instead, it was to ride until my legs give-out since winter doom is fast upon us. Plus, riding is the best way to check out Fall colours!
Mission failed! 😦 I only got 1 ride in on Saturday. My route was all mapped out for Sunday but all efforts went to waste when the forecast suddenly changed Sunday AM. Showers starting at 2PM!! I went for a short run instead. The ride on Monday is also cancelled with a sudden family trip.
SATURDAY – Rattlesnake Point, Milton (ROUTE MAP)
A tough hilly & windy ride – over 30km/hr of headwind all the way to Milton! It took me 1hr to stop pitying myself. In the past, I always passed by Rattlesnake Point fearing all its hills. I stuck to “safer” hills in the area like Mount Nemo & the intimidating “6th Line hill“. But I finally climbed my way to Rattlesnake Point.
The ride featured a tough climb on Steeles Ave East of Appleby Line, followed by a steep descent with hairpin turns on Appleby Line North of Derry Rd. My hands were tired from squeezing the brakes!
Sideroad 3 had trees bordering the road. At times, I forgot I was pedaling a bicycle as I admired the scenery. Consumed by Nature’s beauty, I was suddenly hit by a 24% grade hill with a hairpin turn on Twiss Rd North of Derry Rd. Without thinking, I burst out loud to a friend up ahead, “Holy Sh*t! Why didn’t you warn me about this?!” Little did I know, a guy was …well, sh*tting by a bush beside the road!!! Startled by my voice on a quiet street, his head definitely turned in my peripheral vision. Caught ya! HAHA! Alas, I got beaten by the hill & succumbed to a “Walk-of-Shame”. There goes my 2012 clean slate. 😦
Leaves are definitely changing colour. Just 2 weeks ago, it looked like THIS. Look at it now….
I’m a bit thankful the weekend turned out this way. If the original ride went ahead, I would’ve overdone my aching body. I woke up Sunday morning with strain in both calves, a swollen ankle, and aching neck. My run was cut short when my right leg suddenly went numb. Ice time …. I hope nothing is injured!!
I guess I did achieve my goal – my legs gave out after all?! Be careful what you wish for!! 🙂