I was wrong – the city is actually making pace with construction down by the bluffs. In fact, they currently have finished the path connecting to Gates Gully. I’m quite surprised at the speed with which they are progressing every day; after visiting the construction site a few times, they seem to mark progress with posts, which (by my measurements) average 4m of new road each day! At this rate, including all weekends and holidays, the 1.5 km segment remaining between Bluffers Park and Gates Gully should be finished in roughly one year from now.
I accessed the trail via the Guild Inn, just as the last of the dump trucks and Toronto and Region Conservation authorities were packing it in for the day. That’s right – from what I can tell, this project seems to be planned from a “parks and rec” as well as “watersheds protection” angle, not so much for cyclo-commuting (insert sad emoticon of your choice here). But, I didn’t really expect that it would ever be for that reason – much more likely to prevent erosion of the bluffs as just a simple gravel trail.
The trail was churned-up from dump truck traffic
It was just above zero during the afternoon, enough to melt all the snow/ice and turn the gravel and dirt road at the base of the bluffs into a muddy mess. Not easy going on relatively thin tyres, but boy! was I impressed when I made it to the new construction point. Up until now, the “construction” that has been going on has consisted of merely stacking up piles of debris – I can now see why. They went at it all in one go: no waiting for fill to finish. It took less than a week to build 200m of new road/trail:
All new construction
I’m glad to see that this is making priority, after about 10 years of stagnation. This could mean a completed trail system to the beaches in ~5 years, which would complete the perfect route for commuting downtown.
Happy New Years everyone! A bit late, yes, but better late than never. Now school is getting busy – exams come in a month, and many final project on the way. But, before all this business started, I managed a few more ice-capades during the last bit of the holidays. Woke up, and made the best darn breakfast you could hope for – eggs a la over-easy, a few strips of my special cheese-filled pork strips, and an improvised hash-brown-like-thing (involving a few fried onions, potatoes, carrots, and a mushroom or two for good measure). Mmm.
It tasted much better than it looks
I needed a good load of carbs for the day, if I was to be out, so I complemented the protein from the eggs, cheese and meat with a few slices of toast. Can’t be the smell of toast and fried eggs in the morning. Met up with my pal and we biked out to the lake, finding a bay partly frozen. Knowing it wasn’t (too) deep, we ventured out on the ice-floes to see what it was like. Not deep enough to make it over the head, but one could be very uncomfortably wet until they get back home.
On the ice.
Chris, steadying himself for the jump
Then came ice-bowling.
It’s actually more like curling. With the object being… …just to even knock the other person’s rocks.
The Guild Inn is full of interesting sights… it is essentially an abandoned place, and good for some UEing. But I wouldn’t enter the actual hotel part (well, what’s left) as they supposedly have a silent alarm to alert the police.
The abandoned green house.
My snow-covered steed. O’Malley prefers an MTB.
We next went cycling a bit west to explore the lake front near Rosetta McClain Gardens. My camera’s battery died, but I would have loved to take a picture of the homeless camp down there. Why? Exactly. Why is there a homeless campout here of all places? I wouldn’t have expected. Well, it looked like it may have been abandoned, but we didn’t want to disturb if it wasn’t.
This ride more than confirmed the unsuitability of the waterfront trail. Kingston road took 15 minutes on the uphill return, but the waterfront trail path took 45 minutes on the downhill to get to Rosetta McClain gardens. However, I was almost sideswiped by a truck on K-town Rd…. frightening, when you have to deal with ice already.