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4/27/2013 – Saturday! It was absolutely gorgeous outside and I couldn’t have asked for a better day for a bike ride. I decided to cover some ground on the outskirts of town; the dividing line between the City of Waterloo and the Township of Wilmot… Wilmot Line!

I have to admit my naivete here. In the last 8 years of having lived in Waterloo, I have always stayed close to the city centre and to me, suburbia was reserved to places like Burlington, Oakville, and Mississauga. However I suppose I didn’t have to travel too far from home to get lost…

There were a couple interesting things that happened with mapping:

1. The map I used to plan my routes had streets mapped that were planned but not physically built yet.

2. The GPS map I used to track where I was was missing streets that were already in existence.

All in all it wasn’t too bad. There were a lot of people out on the streets, in parks and lots of kids on the road with their bikes. A nice family offered me water and asked about my quest! Such friendly folk here, which is one of the many reasons I love this region.

009So I did finally reach the dividing line of the Township of Wilmot and the City of Waterloo. This street was very very very hilly. My entire route had 126m gain, which I suspect is mostly attributed to Wilmot LIne.

So the cool thing about routing and this type of project is I use Glympse to live track my routes. This means that people can figure out exactly where I am while I am on these routes, and come find me if they so wish! Like… this lovely gentleman who sneaked up behind me towards the end of my route! Say hello to Karl!

It is always nice to have locals show you the way around town. After completing my route, Karl showed me the wonderful escarpment at the top of the hill, from which vantage point one could see much of Waterloo!

All in all, a very successful trip on a fine Saturday afternoon!

Looking forward to more biking and walking opportunities in the summer! Feel free to join me to any of my routes this summer, everyone is welcome to partake in this endeavor. :)

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2 Comments

  1. Long bike rides are so fun…I’m glad you picked up this hobbie too!
    LOL @ comment about google maps….yea they’re not reliable! I biked to Georgian Bay and enroute the map lead us to a dead end street and a street that was blocked by a highway lol Good to know that GPS is not always accurate too I guess it helps to use both then

    -Sandy

    • LOL, thanks for commenting Sandy!! Hope everything is well :)

      It’s going to be a while until I finish biking… there’s a lot of streets!! >.<

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