- Posted by Gilleen Witkowski
- On March 22, 2017
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By Tonya Hunte, head dog walker at Walk My Dog Toronto
My husband said he was proud of me after we locked my bike back up in our apartment’s garage. Really, that alone made today’s experience worth it. You see, I rode my bike to and from work today. To give you an idea of what that entailed, ridethecity.com says my route was 14.2km. That’s one way, and doesn’t include all the times I got turned around.
To be fair, any time I felt overwhelmed, I’d walk my bike a bit. That might explain why it took me so darned long to get anywhere. It likely took me about an hour and a half to get from work to my first client, in fact.
I am a professional dog walker. Radar is patient with me while I do a mini photoshoot.
Given all of that, riding to work today, I was able to explore new parts of Toronto I had never seen. I was able to really be in the moment and notice the robins and squirrels and the (not very pretty) waters of the Don River. It was relaxing because I took my time and put my safety first. It was also the best experience I’ve ever had biking in a city. I’ve heard that Toronto is not really that great for bikers, but having come from Ottawa, it’s quite the step up.
I was actually still pretty pumped to ride my bike back home (despite being yelled at once by a driver)… and then it hit me. No, literally. Today the wind coming from the East was something else and it buffeted me my entire way back home. Maybe it was simply due to a bit of exhaustion, but riding back home felt like I was going up an incline the whole way.
But I did it!
Maybe I’ll try again next week.