Day 93 Toronto, Ontario: Car Free! - Grampies on the Go - CycleBlaze

August 1, 2011

Day 93 Toronto, Ontario: Car Free!


For our last day in Toronto, Marsha targeted for us not the big city but the offshore islands. The Beaches were a bit of a surprise for us as a special thing the city has by virtue of being on Lake Ontario, but the Islands are over the top terrific. They are very close:

Toronto has a set of Islands just offshore and reachable by short ferry ride
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Of course, nothing can happen without a good breakfast. The Detroit Eatery is Greek run. It is very not fancy (ok, it's highly run down) but the food is A-1.

But nothing can happen without a good breakfast. Detroit Eatery had the best one we have tried on this trip - just greasy enough to fuel your day, not greasy enough to lube your chain.
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We retraced our travels westward along the lakeside bike trail toward the ferry docks. On the way we ran into a film shoot.

We ran in to a film production - A Total Recall remake, with Colin Farrell and Jessica Biel.
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It's hard to see in this cell phone shot, but the futuristic car is mounted atop a two person two foot high understructure vehicle. The futuristic car can be hydraulically pitched and rolled. Behind is a chase vehicle with camera boom. The action filming was actually done at quite high speed on the road.

Flying cars for the filming of Total Recall II
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The ferry dock was a zoo, but it worked out.

There were throngs waiting for the ferries. We never see this many people at once near Victoria. Everyone was very polite and patient.
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There are lots of bikes on the ferries
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Toronto as seen from the Islands
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And there are bikes everywhere on the Islands
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The Islands contain some actual people's homes, some park/garden, an amusement area, a yacht club, and other stuff. But it is all car free!! It is also golf cart free! It is totally quiet and safe and every sector of the population was out enjoying the environment. Food service is available, but there is not high pressure or junk food culture going on. There is good quality stuff and there are hot dogs etc. but it is all low key and there is no franchise stuff. We loved it!

Just our speed (actually, with no BoBs or loads or hills it's impossible to go just 10 kph)
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Easy cycling! No cars!
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Boats, though
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and bridges
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And more boats
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And more bridges
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The "Bridge Boutique" on Algonquin Island. Residents just drop off or pick up stuff. Note the little duck with his wings outstretched. He wants to go to Montreal!
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Every house has a lush garden
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We were asked to stand aside on one path
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and here is why!
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Brett demonstrates superb form on the bike jump!
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Alex's mother lives on the island. He explained the history of how all houses were almost bulldozed in the 70's. After lots of protests they have been saved, with 99 year leases.
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The little duck has been named "Algy" and has signed on to our crew.
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A house boat
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Idyllic streets. What a pleasure not to have to have to watch for cars all the time!
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How about coast to coast in one of these?
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We suddenly join the "Interstate" of bike paths. It leads to a beach and to an amusement area
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"Cool" fountain near the amusement area - Centreville
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Kids help Dodie make a wish. You can bet it is somehow based on "grampie"-dom
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In the amusement area
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Neat looking guy
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Lots of waterfowl around
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Idyllic lagoon
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Bikes are so popular here. It's great to be in a majority for a change!
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Trees opposite were killed by cormorant poo!
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The boardwalk on the side facing the open lake
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Some ashes of Dodie's parents are added to the Lake
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Steve, Algy, and Dodie on the Boardwalk
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Great beach
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Big basket for a little pussycat
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Another island house
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Our ferry is ready to take us home to Marsha's house
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Today's ride: 35 km (22 miles)
Total: 5,654 km (3,511 miles)

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