I've lived by Lake Ontario for seven springs now, and two things I know to be true.
- Midges are plentiful and when you bike (or run or walk) you're going to consume one or two dozen
- It's cooler by the lake
It's not unusual for me to leave my home wearing pants, gloves and a jacket for ride at this time of year, only to find it's 10 degrees warmer a mere five KM north, forcing me to shed layers like a snake sheds its skin.
A common maneuver for me, one I employed today, is to head east along the Waterfront Trail and then north on Colborne Lodge to ride the High Park loop a few times.
Busting a little north to High Park has two key advantages.
- There are no midges in High Park
- It's easily 5-10 degrees warmer
At this time of year, High Park is a literal oasis.