Awesome Autumn

It was an awesome autumn day for a ride in the country.  I headed up Torbram Road only to encounter a road closure that sent me across Countryside Road to Airport Road and then back across Mayfield Road to Torbram.  Riding on Mayfield is not for the faint of heart.  One SUV passed me with inches to spare.

My friend Gail drove to Algonquin Park yesterday where the fall colours are at 90%.  The first few pictures she has shared are glorious.  In Caledon it is probably more like 20% autumn colours.  I found a few quite pretty places, though.

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Approaching Walker Road where I turn to go into Caledon East.  There are no shoulders on Torbram Road, but there is very little traffic and those that do come along tend to give me the whole lane when passing.

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I stopped in at Gabe’s Country Bake shop for a coffee and date square.  There are a couple locust trees in front of Gabes and they were at their prettiest, with enough fallen leaves to create a beautiful carpet of colour, but sufficient still on the tree, to provide lovely golden light.  I was surprised how long it took me to get there.  I haven’t been in the habit of stopping for a lot of pictures while training this year, but the colours were too pretty not to stop.  After a quick break, I headed home to meet Owen for lunch.  My ride was 41km.  My legs started out tired from jumping rope yesterday and running on Saturday, but warmed up and I enjoyed the ride.

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After Owen went back to school I cycled my old bike to Fortinos for a few groceries.  I have gotten used to the posture on the road bike now and find the old one, which I rode for nine years, feels odd.

Megan and Alun had the dentist after school.  Megan has been grinding her teeth and needs to start wearing a night guard.  She had molds made today and goes back next week for the fitting.

I forgot when I rode so far this morning that we train for the CN Tower on Monday nights.  Jason completed 17 times up and down as usual;  Ryan finished 17 times for the first time this year.  Trystan did 15 as his ankle was hurting from turning it at school today.  Owen did 12 and  I gave up after eight with legs too tired to carry on.  Michael joined us for four times up and down and enjoyed walking around the top of the parking garage the rest of the time.  He doesn’t plan to join us at the tower, though.

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About Lisa Stokes

I am a stay-at-home mother of four whose hobbies include photography, quilting and cycling. I have recently started to advocate for better cycling infrastructure in my community. I am photographer and librarian at the Brampton Quilters' Guild. I build and maintain a community ice rink in my local park.
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