40 Things

33 – Two Wheels > Four Wheels

It is no secret that there is no activity I enjoy more than getting out and exploring on my bike. Being on two wheels has given me some incredible experiences that I would not have had otherwise.

Yesterday, was no exception. Owen and I biked together from Niagara-on-the-Lake, all the way to the mouth of Niagara Falls and back again. It was not an easy ride, but it sure was a fun one. It was Owen’s first visit ever, and my first time seeing the Falls like this.

Although the long climb up the escarpment almost did us in, knowing the reward was seeing the Falls kept us moving along. It was not easy, and there were a few times Owen felt it would be more sensible to turn around and head back to the car.

Here are just some of the things we would have missed if we did the trip by car:

  • Brown’s Point – The location of Brown’s Inn near where both the Canadian York Militia and the American Army bivouacked on separate occasions during the War of 1812.
  • We learned about Chloe Cooley and slavery in Canadian history.
  • Our bike path went right over top of the Sir Adam Beck Hydroelectric Generating Station. Pretty awesome to say the least.
  • We met Paul Safari (not sure if that is really his name) in Queenston when the trail goes away from the Niagara Parkway and into the residential homes. He was a very friendly and kind man. He has been fixing and rebuilding Land Rovers and Range Rovers for use all over the world, for more than 40 years. The collection of old vehicles outside his shop is what made us double back. Camel Trophy is the homework he assigned to Owen.
  • We rode our bikes from one side of the Niagara Whirlpool Aero Car to the other, in complete awe of the scenery.
  • We watched several sight-seeing helicopters land and then take off again from the helipad along our route.

Of course, once we made it to the Falls, we also did some normal tourist things. We took a walk up Clifton Hill, and went through the Fun House. It’s silly fun, but a must when you visit the Falls. We certainly stood out in the crowd though, because we were wearing our helmets most of the time. I suppose we should have locked them up with our bikes.

One of the highlights was our gourmet Sweet Jesus ice cream cones. Owen indulged in Krusty the Cone, and mine was a Bounty Killah. Delicious and messy, and yet another reason to do this trip all over again.

Next time, I might lock the bikes up sooner though, because walking them through the crowds proved to be a challenge. I’m still glad we had them, because they made for a very unique picture in front of the Falls, that may be one of my favorites with Owen.

The question is, who wants to join us next time? Check out the Relive video of our ride.

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