Taken down by Garbage! (Oh…and Hamilton to Brantford Rail Trail pics!)

I am sad to report that I haven’t been cycling in over a week now.  About a week and a half ago, I fell on both my knees…on cobblestone no less.  Needless to say, my knees have been somewhat stiff and sore ever since. Just in case, I had x-rays taken yesterday and all seems well, they’re just taking their sweet time to heal properly, as knees tend to do.

Notice I didn’t explain *how* I fell.  That’s because it was dumb…and  didn’t involve cycling at all!  If it had, I’d be typing up a great adventure with climatic knee damage but nooooooo, all I am able to report is that I tripped over garbage!

….Ok, stop that.

Stop laughing!

Yup, good ol’ Toronto garbage.  A piece of circular strapping was on the ground…I was in a hurry…and all I can guess is that I stepped on the edge of it, anchoring it with one foot and tripping the other.  Definitely a manoeuvre few people could manage…guess I’m special 😉

EVIL Strapping!

So, due to that little spill, cycling has been out for a while.

Today, I came across pictures I took when cycling the Hamilton Rail Trail a few weeks back.  I’ve gone riding on it a few times now and it’s an awesome trail for cycling and hiking.  Mainly gravel, it starts in west Hamilton and heads to Brantford.  From there, you can jump from trail to trail and eventually hit Paris and Cambridge if you were so inclined.  So far, I have only gone to the outskirts of Brantford, about 25 kms one way, but what I have seen of the trail and the landscape has been absolutely lovely!

About 8km in, you come to the Dundas Trail Centre, an awesome place to take a break, sit in the shade, refill your water bottle, purchase a snack, and hit the loo before carrying on.

Two things to note….1) Bring water and some type of food if you plan to head out beyond the Trail Centre because after that, there is no store until Brantford.  2) Watch for deer!  You’ll notice in my slideshow below that I’ve taken many shots of deer along the trail.  They are numerous and not overly skittish, so I tend to slow down or stop to take a peek before continuing on my way. 🙂

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