Sunday, November 22, 2015
During my 1991 2 week holiday to Europe. I got my chance to enjoy visiting for Paris France for 3 days. I also had the company of a very nice fellow traveler from New Zealand named Dianne Pratt during my visit to Paris. Dianne had the advantage of visiting Paris as the member of a Kon Tiki tour. Before meeting her in Brussels, Belgium. So she was very helpful to moi during my Parisian experience!
I had a great time visiting the capital city of France. I did visit most of the popular and historic tourist attractions. Which included; The Arc de Triomphe, The Eiffel Tower, The Louvre, The Palace of Versailles. Also strolling along the main street of Paris "Avenue des Champs-Élysées". Enjoying this walk at night is also a must to do. While visiting the "City of Lights"!
My journey to visit the City of Paris. Was inspired by prolific singer & songwriter Jimmy Buffett song "He Went to Paris"! My fond memories of Paris has helped to contribute to my list of magical experiences. During my journey through life!
This post is also dedicated to all of the innocent victims who died and were injured in Paris, November 13th 2015. Due to the terrorist attacks on the people of France and the rest of the Civilized World!
Sunday, November 8, 2015
This post is dedicated to one of my favorite activities. That is riding a bicycle! Like most kids. Their first taste of freedom is by way of transportation. When they learn how to ride a bike. Then when we grow up and are transformed into adults. You progress to a more sophisticated modes of transport. Usually by car, motorcycle or by airplane.
In our lives. We try and make well calculated decisions. That we hope will bring about good results. Which will add to the quality of our lives. What turns out to be one of my best decisions. Is when I decided to become a kid once again. And starting to ride a bicycle again.
There has been many bikes over the years and many rides. During trips all over the United States and Europe. Plus riding here locally at home in Canada. That have brought me lots of pleasure! During all of the fantastic trips that I have gone on. On this post I will relive and present to you. Ten of my all time favorite bike rides. It is not an easy task for me. Because I have been on so many great rides! So put put on some comfortable clothes. Strap on your helmet. Make sure you have a good quantity of drinking water and get ready to ride!
All of these great bike rides are not in chronological order. Or in any preference of enjoyment.
#1 "North On Dixie Into Caledon"
This ride remains one of my favorite and longest rides of all time. The total distance is about 50 KM. One of the best parts of this bike ride is that I started and finished the ride from my home in Brampton, Ontario.
I started by riding doing a loop through Chinguacousy Park. Which brings me back onto Dixie Road. I then starting riding north on Dixie up into Caledon. You get to leave Urban Sprawl behind finally. To enjoy beautiful unspoiled farm country that still exists in Caledon. I rode my bike as far as "Old Baseline Road". Then I continued east on Old Baseline Road until I arrived at Bramalea Road. I then rode south until I arrived back in Brampton. Heading west on Williams Parkway taking me back home. Most of the terrain on this ride is flat. They are just a couple of hills that you must transverse. I have included a few photos from this enjoyed and exhilarating bike ride.
#2 To Ride in Holland!
#3 The Caledon Trailway
#4 Portland, Oregon
#5 The Golden Gate Bridge
#6 Kincardine To Point Clark Lighthouse
#7 The Warren to Waitsfield Ride
#8 North Padre Island- National Seashore
#9 River Ride- San Antonio
#10 The Burlington Bike Path
What a way to end this post with one of the most outstanding bike rides anywhere. Riding the Burlington Bikeway. Along the shores of Lake Champlain, in the Green Mountain State of Vermont. You start this ride in downtown Burlington. The trail heads north taking you though some wonderful scenery and views of the lake and the Adirondack Mountains. You can ride for miles until you will finally reach the causeway that takes you out into Lake Champlain. Originally this bike path was railroad lines. The bike path causeway will take you to a gap. During the summer months a small ferry boat will transport the cyclists across the gap. So you can reach South Hero Island. I biked the entire trail to the gap and then back to downtown Burlington. Enjoy my pictures!
I have now presented to you. Some of my favorite bike rides that I have had the pleasure to enjoy!. Their are so many rides that should be on this post but have not been included. Rides that include; riding the Niagara Parkway, riding the Islands of Vermont, on the islands of Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket. Just to mention a few. Cycling can be so rewarding! You can ride in so many places of natural beauty. Which you get to enjoy in an intimate way when your on a bike. The sounds, smells and all of the scenery are all taken in as you pedal. It is a great way to get and stay physically fit. I hope you have enjoyed all of these great rides. Always happy to hear from fellow bike riders if your have your own great bike routes that you would like to share. I finish this post with one of my favorite philosophies. "The Longer You Ride, The Longer You Will Ride"!