Well they should be since we biked almost 42 miles yesterday from Niagara Falls to Fort Erie. Then today another 18 miles alon the Toronto shoreline.
Yesterday’s ride was on the Niagara Recreational Trail, which is mostly bike/pedestrian path along the Niagara River. We started at the Falls where there were a gazillion peoples of every nationality (we did notice a large # of Indian/Pakistani families). Once out of that area, it quieted down and we enjoyed views of the river and a very large variety of houses on the other McMansions, ultra modern wood and glass beauties, old Victorian, etc. And so many beautiful gardens. Passed Chippewa where there was exhibit (outdoors) depicting one of the many battles of 1812 – an important date in this area – Brits, Indians, Canadians, Americans killing each other with muskets, cannons and however else they did horror back then.
Made it all the way to Fort Erie where we promptly were photographed by another Bike Friday owner!!! She was from across the river in Buffalo and had travelled to Eugene to purchase her BF.
Viewed Fort from outside and headed back. We did make lunch stop and had several typical inquiries about our bikes, which now we let Jan answer, the new expert!!!!
We all decided we wanted a good meal but not at chain restaurant (disappointing breakfast at Perkins) – thank gawd for YELP. Found excellent Italian restaurant, shared bottle of their least expensive red wine (excellent) with appetizer grilled vegis with basalmic and goat cheese, calamari, followed by beet infused gnocchi and cheese ravioli (both hand made at restaurant) – delicious.
It was raining when we left NF so we headed to Niagara on the Lake, drove through,- very upscale historic downtown with way too many cutsie shops. Made it back to Toronto where we parked near the shoreline, popped our bikes out of rental car and road to the Exposition center of 1852, some building old, some new; all worth biking past, including Horse Palace – which we just walked in to! 100’s of stalls, used by Toronto police and for riding lessons now.