Mother’s Day Ride

Trystan brought me breakfast in bed this morning, just before 7am, for Mother’s Day.  He thoughtfully got it ready early so  that I could head out on a 70km ride before it got too hot or too wet.  As it turned out, it didn’t get up to the 30 degrees Celsius predicted a couple days ago for this afternoon, but I did get rained on three times.

Like last Sunday I headed straight north and up the Escarpment.  Two thirds of the way up the second hill, that becomes steeper as you near the top, I stopped to catch my breath.  I spotted two cyclists approach the bottom of the hill.  Both men were older than me.  One climbed past me, outwardly showing no signs of strain.  Here he is about to crest the hill.

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The other man also made it to the top without resting however he was quite slow and wobbly – like I would have been had I not stopped to rest.  Here he is coming up to my rest location.

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It was a humid, misty and occasionally, rainy day.  The trees are in blossom and there were lots of this purple flower in bloom in the grass.

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The dandelions are also out in full force.

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Here is a view of the final hill.  I did rest less today than last week.

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This little guy wanted to visit with me.

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However, I didn’t stop for long as I wanted to get up this final short, but steep, hill.

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Just south of Highway 9 I found this handy spot to stop and have a snack.

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Then I headed back south into Caledon East for lunch at Subway.  After lunch I rode east, out along Old Church Road for 5 km, to extend the trip by 10km over last week’s trip.  I saw this verdant scene along the way.

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The sky opened up just south of Caledon East on my way back home.  There is nowhere to stop between Caledon East and the Tim’s just 2km north of my house, a distance of 15km.  It didn’t rain all the way, but I did arrive home quite wet.

After a cold bath to calm my legs, I got into bed with coffee and cookies, left over from lunch, and had a lazy afternoon.

What a great Mother’s Day.


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 the photographer at the Brampton Quilters' Guild.
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