Toronto to Barrie – 75.04 kms

Sunday October 4, 2015

We were ready to head up to the Tim Hortons on Steeles Street, when Ralf suggested we have breakfast at the hotel, it would cost about the same, but the breakfast at the hotel would probably take us further.

We eventually headed out at 9:30, dressed for the cool weather, leggings, heavier jacket, gloves and a my hat inside my helmet. Brr it was cold.

We quickly warmed up as we went up and down the hills on Weston Road and then followed County Road 27 all the way to Barrie and back to my friend Melinda’s house. The roads out of Toronto were quiet as it is Sunday.

It's Almost Over

It’s Almost Over

A mix of emotions as we headed north to Barrie. The rolling hills imitated my feelings, my emotions were going up and down as we went up and down the hills. I was sad that this would be the last ride of the Grand Adventure (Part One). However, I am looking forward to sleeping in the same bed for more than a couple of nights, I am looking forward to actually unpacking my panniers and eating something other than pasta and tuna for a while.

Final Car Photo

Final Car Photo

We have had an amazing trip, met some wonderful people and seen beautiful scenery.

The leaves haven’t changed colour completely. Hopefully we will be able to get out for a ride in the next few days although we have a lot to get organized.

Gene Hackman

Gene Hackman

We had a lovely ride, a tail-wind for most of the way. What a way to end the trip.

It's Over

It’s Over, for now!

After we had unpacked our panniers and did a load of washing we settled down to our last meal of the trip. Maybe other people have done this on the last night of a trip and that is to eat whatever is left in the grocery pannier. We had one freeze-dried meal and a package of rice! The freeze-dried meal was “Kathmandu Curry”, it looked disgusting, but it tasted o.k.

Last Meal!

Last Meal!

Tomorrow we will go shopping for real food.

Over the next few days, I will post our thoughts on Canada and a summary of our trip and what we have planned for the upcoming months and the continuation of the Grand Adventure.

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11 Responses to Toronto to Barrie – 75.04 kms

  1. Joy says:

    Well I don’t know what to say, our trips have ended togeather! Mine as sad as yours, but reading your last couple of blogs had given me pause. Maybe my journey is not over, but I should just look forward to the nexr ride

    You have kept me going over the last 2 years, and have been an avid reader of your blog, traveling with you both, and I have enjoyed every km, I have laughed and cried with you, I have been at you highs and your lows. Thank you for the ride x

    • Winter-Rides says:

      Join us on our next one. If we can’t find a suitable condo, it might be sooner rather than later!

  2. nikki says:

    Hey I’ve been round the world with you, the ups and downs, highs and lows. The people, places and things you’ve seen and done. Proud of you both, thanks for the journey. xxx

  3. Wanda says:

    Welcome back J & R.
    You have decided to stay at some one else’s house! Here I got everything almost ready for you two to stay here. No problem. The day you left you have some stuff still here. It will be here when you are ready to come and get it. We love to see you, and anxious hear all about the adventure!!
    Thanks,
    Hugs Wanda

  4. Sonia and Lea says:

    Bonjour Jackie and Ralf
    Sonia and I are still raving about the two of you being our heroes! You guys biked all the way home and are thoroughly happy about it. We are just so pleased about people enjoying life and each other like that. Sonia is still riding, but my husband and I have put away the tandem for the season. I know we warm up once we start the ride, but the question is: where do I put my parka?
    I bet your first grocery shopping didn’t have even one tv dinner in it…..
    Rest up, you two, and let us know about your new adventures. We love hearing about it!!!!! It’s inspiring!!!!
    Be Safe, Lea and Sonia

    • Winter-Rides says:

      Hi Lea and Sonia
      You were an inspiration to us – It is nice to sleep in the same bed for more than a couple of nights, it is really good to have lots of fresh veges and fruit and it is great to reflect over the last two years and plan the next Adventure.

  5. Christine Delfino says:

    Congratulations on finishing Part I of your Grand Adventure. I have loved following your blog. Glad you are home safe, and I can’t wait to hear/read what plans you have in store.

    • Winter-Rides says:

      Glad to see you were still following us. New home, new plans to ride next summer in Europe.

  6. Steve Aldred says:

    Hi guys, I have been reading your blogs and trying to catch up from the beginning and love it. I am also experimenting with a ‘Map Story’ application and decided to use your first 3 weeks on the North Island in NZ. Take a look and tell me what you think. If you like I may continue along and see how far I can get. The link is here: http://arcg.is/1QmIZbO

    Steve Aldred

    • Winter-Rides says:

      I can’t wait to get together to see how we can incorporate this into the Grand Adventure Part Two

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