I recently bought a book, not on Amazon, nor on Chapters Indigo but at a local bookseller: Queen Books (http://queenbooks.ca) in Leslieville, Toronto. I wanted to buy locally.
It took longer to arrive but I was in no rush. I had originally arranged to have it delivered, but I decided to put the delivery fee towards a future purchase, and pick it up myself.
This gave me a destination for a 5 km bike ride in the city’s east end.
Toronto is blessed with a myriad of bike trails and lanes. One I had often seen from a car on the Don Valley Parkway was the parallel bike path winding its way along the Don River. Today was the day for me to pedal, from Eglinton, south to Queen Street.
My entrance to the system was at the Ontario Science Centre, and after double-checking the route with fellow bikers coming north, I set out.
Today was another scorcher of a day. I came equipped with water bottle, and even some freezie packs in my knapsack. It all helped.
Hard to believe I have lived in the east end so long and not done that much of the Don River trail. It’s winding, with bridges, shade, and open spaces.
The statues pictured lay in wait down the trail; I never knew they existed.
I took my time, didn’t get lost (as I am prone to sometimes).
I climbed the steep stairs to Queen Street (though the system has those thoughtful rails for sliding your bike along up or down the staircase, as they have in Amsterdam.)
Eventually, I made my way east to the bookstore at Queen and Logan. Starbucks was also calling, as was Ed’s Ice Cream next door. COVID is never far away: I had to pick up my purchase at the rear lane way to the bookstore; Ed’s Ice Cream didn’t open until 2 pm. Definitely worth the wait.
Did I bike home? In the afternoon heat? No thank you. I put my bike on the front of the bus, wore my mask, boarded, and for the first time since early March- took the subway home.
(*Wandering Stars is the book I purchased. It’s a novel of the Jewish theatre in the early 1900’s, by Sholem Aleichem- whose stories inspired Fiddler on the Roof.)