My first rest day.
Yes, I only spent a few minutes on the bike today, instead opting to make my way around Montreal by foot. After getting some paperwork done at the local copy-house (I had to send a fax back to Toronto to finalize my purchase of a locker at my condominium), I headed downtown. Approaching McGill University, I called my friend Rich who is a professor there, and lucky enough his schedule was free so I was able to make a visit. Spent a nice afternoon with Rich talking Raptors, hockey, work and all things in between at the graduate house, and finished off with a tour of the impressive labs he works at in Chemical Engineering.
After a short jaunt through Old Montreal, I headed to the north end of the city to watch some tennis at Jarry Park. The first match between Maria Sharapova and Marta Domechowska lasted around 3 hours and though there were some impressive points, it certainly dragged on. Sharapova finally prevailed at around 10:30pm. The latter match featured Jelena Jankovic, and the Canadian, Alexandra Wozniak. Though many had already left, the remaining fans rallied behind Wozniak to help her keep in a tough second set after getting whooped 6-0 in the first.
T’es capable Alex!!
Nous voulons coucher tard!
Oui – nous-autres sommes capables aussi!!!
And then the wave (la vague), impressively led by the guy with the big voice in the front row of our section. Alex couldn`t quite muster enough and lost 6-4 in the second, but it was worth sticking around for.
Distance: 10 km
Average speed: 20.9 km/h
Time on the road: 1 hrs. (9:30AM to 10:30AM)
Interesting daily tidbit
Well, since I didn`t actually ride today, I don`t have any pertinent riding tidbits to share. As such, I`ll go back a little and tell the story of my stolen bike. Back in June, with my regular ride-around-town city bike needing some fix-its, I rode into work on my good TREK 1000 touring bike. I used the good (and expensive) lock and cable, and felt it would be OK as I wouldn`t be leaving too late in the evening. I headed to my bike that evening, and my heart sank when it was no longer there. I ran up and down Elizabeth Street thinking maybe, just maybe, I had parked somewhere a little further up. No such luck. It was gone. I went ahead and bought a new bike, and planned this trip with the new one ready to go.
I really had no thought of ever recovering my bike, even after I saw the initial report of the big bike theft bust in Toronto. Encouraged to do so by my mom and a friend of mine, I did go down to one of the first showings of the recovered bicycles, thinking I`ll at least take a look … just to see. As I walked through the bikes, really just going through the motions, I stopped in my tracks – completely stupefied – when I came across my TREK 1000. There was no doubt it was mine, it still had the spedometer sensor on the fork, and the little green compass bell on the handlebars. After doing a little paperwork, I was approached by the omnipresent CityTV reporter (they are everywhere). Though I fumbled through my words and there was no hair and makeup girl to get me ready for my close-up, the appearance did make me a minor celebrity around TO as I was recognized at work, at my building, and at the bike shop. If you would like to see it, it`s right here. Though I`m riding my new bike on the trip (Giant FCR2), it was definitely nice to get my TREK1000 Lance Armstrong Discovery Edition back.
Tune of the day
Plastic Leopard – John Dorsey
As I started my day visiting my grandparents at Mount Royal Cemetery, the chosen tune on the way there was this song by my uncle John, an homage to my grandfather`s ability to see the good in things. Great song John – I`m proud to have it in my collection.