With the weather improving, my thoughts have drifted to my bicycle. No matter how many YouTube videos I watch, it really doesn’t compare with being out on the bike. Thanks to the coronavirus I won’t be going on club rides for quite some time, but I will be going on solo rides.
So, today, I decided to walk part of the route I take to the meeting place for the club rides. This is a typical suburban route with a couple of twists and turns until you get to the main roads. At one point I follow Old Yonge Street, which runs parallel to Yonge street–considered by some to be the longest street in the world. I don’t know the history of Old Yonge street, and I know there is another street with the same designation in Toronto. The two are not connected.
Just as riding a bike is a different experience than driving, walking is a different experience than riding a bike. I have been down this road at least once a week from spring to mid autumn for the past four years. Apart from garage sales, I haven’t really spent a lot of time with my feet on the ground in the area. Today, I got a rather different view of the area.
I came across the street pictured above. We have lots of different street names from courts to boulevards, but this is the first time I have seen square when it didn’t refer to an open plaza area meant for congregating. I took a look at the street and there was nothing square about it.
I also found a few buildings that weren’t facing Old Yonge, but instead had their backs to it. I had noticed the big hedges and high fences, but I hadn’t really seen it. For their property to span two streets completely seemed a bit unusual. Maybe the lot was double the size, but why were only some lots like that? The backyards looked impressive and all I could think of was what an amazing bike shop I could build in one of them.
Maybe I should look at this as some sort of comment on my observational skills. Maybe I could see it as an allegory for leading a fast life without taking time to slow down and look at something. Maybe now that we seem to have a lot of time on our hands, we should all pay a little more attention.
It was a good walk that managed to avoid people and improve my outlook on the day. I wasn’t out for long, but it was long enough to brighten my mood.