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Biking This Winter Until I Can't

Biking Until I Can't

I normally don't bike this late into fall.  Even when I biked regularly as a much younger man, I would usually give it up for the season in early November.

This year, I've decided to bike until I can't.  That means no matter what the temperature, or how much snow and ice I see on the ground, I get out there and try.  If I can't do it, I just go home and try again the next day.  But I always try.

I've yet to miss a day this season.  I've managed to ride at least 13km each weekday this month and last.  Just yesterday, however, I was reminded as to why I haven't done this in the past.

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While biking through Marie Curtis Park, which starts in Toronto and ends in Mississauga, I hit a patch of ice on a turn and completely wiped out.  I wasn't hurt, just reminded that ice is slippery and dangerous for cyclists.

But I'll be going out there again today.  I've designed a route with very little interaction with the true dangers out there: trucks, buses, and cars.  If I catch a little ice on a park trail at least I know I'll live to write about it.

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