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Port Credit: my first long distance bike ride

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I had always wanted to visit Port Credit, Mississauga for no apparent reason other than I have passed it many times on the GO Train and have always wondered what was there. A couple of weeks ago, my roommate and I decided to take the ride via the Waterfront Trail and it was awesome. A couple things I learned along the way:

  • If there’s a will, there’s a way. I haven’t ridden a bike in a very long time and having only started recently, I didn’t think I could take such a long journey (45 kms is not an easy feat, at least not for me) but with determination to get out of the house and see a new place, I did it!
  • Bike riding is a great way to see and explore new places. The last time I did something like this was when I visited Niagara-on-the-Lake vineyards in 2013 (rented bikes and rode to each one, it was a spectacularly fun and exhausting day).
  • Always wear sunscreen. I learned the hard way and slightly burnt my nose and have a wicked farmer’s tan.
  • Getting lost is part of the fun. We were following the GPS but it is sometimes different from real life – it happens. Since we weren’t in a rush, we backtracked and eventually found our way. Also met some nice ladies that led us back onto the trail!
  • Being carefree. Since the ride took longer than suggested by Google Maps – 1 hr 50 mins to get there and 1 hr 30 mins to get back, we spent a lot of time outside and it’s a joy being able to stop and look at the clouds in the sky; without a worry to be had. Also, when you’re riding and you feel that summerĀ breeze passing you, there’s something inside of you that says everything is going to be alright.

For a first long distance trip, I think it was well worth the couple of hours it took and I maybe fitter than I think since there weren’t any muscle aches afterwards. Also, the mint chocolate ice cream bar helped šŸ™‚

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Indian Modes of Transportation

As my time in India is coming to an end, I’d like to give you a list of ways I’ve been travelling throughout India. Most modes of transportation are an adventure, at least for me.

  • Car – this may seem like a standard for most people in North America, but here in India, it’s a luxury. Most people with cars will hire a driver instead of driving themselves. Also, you can hire a car for a day through different agencies. Ask a local for a recommendation. Most are equipped with A/C. It’s a good way to travel if you haveĀ multipleĀ people and travelling long distances – the cost can be divided between all passengers.
  • Taxis – if you don’t have someone to pick you up from the airport, you can always hail a taxi. There are different companies that are more trustworthy, like the black and yellow ones in Bombay are better than the blue and white ones. I’ve never been told the difference though. Also, you can order a taxi for a pick-up but depending on when you order one, you will end up paying an ordering/processing fee. All taxis are metered.
  • Motorbikes/two-wheelers – these are very prevalent in all parts of India. They weave in an out of traffic and can hold various numbers of people. I’ve seen up to five but have heard eight can fit on one – this includes children. I went on one for the first time and it was pretty awesome. We went slow so it was a nice ride. It felt really liberating!
  • Auto rickshaws – these are three-wheeled motorize vehicles that have seating in the back, driver in the front. Depending on the city you’re in, you will have to bargain for a price prior to getting in. If you think the drivers are charging too much, you can just walk away. There are enough of them around to hail down another. In Bombay, they are metered so there’s a standard price for the first kilometer or so and then it starts going up in price.
  • Bicycle rickshaw – humans powering bicycles with a carriage attached in the back. We went on one in Jaipur and it was a nice way to see the city at a slower pace. Also, this is a good way to travel short distances if you’re just too lazy to walk. You will need to bargain for the price. I’m not sure if they are available in all places.
  • Share Auto – a converted jeep that has two benches on the main cabin of the vehicle and two additional seats in the trunk. These vehicles run a set route and pick up passengers along the way. You have to hail them as well and ask if they’re going to where you need to go. I’m not sure how the pricing works, possibly based on distance.
  • Bus – This is the most economical way to travel between cities. There are buses that run inter- and intra-city. You just need to know which route you’re taking. We travelled to Kancheeparum for ~100 rupees return/pp, It was about 3 hours on the bus but a great way to see the country side and how people live outside of the urban areas. It can get crowded within the city so be prepared to get squished. To get on and off buses, you have to hail them and somethings you need to run to catch it. There are no doors, so people can hold onto the rails and hang.
  • Train – This is my favourite mode of transportation because I’ve never been on a sleeper train before. So much fun because it was an overnight train ride so we didn’t have to deal with the sweltering heat and humidity of the day. There are different prices depending on what type of ticket you get – regular seat, sleeper, 1 A/C, 2Ā A/C, 3Ā A/C and possibly others (I’m don’t remember what other classes there are). The sleeper doesn’t have A/C but it was fine and a fraction of the price compared to 1 A/C. I’d recommend travelling by train for over night trips. Bring your own blanket/sheet because I’m not sure if they provide it for you.
  • Horse carriage – this was a touristy thing to do, but so much fun being pulled in a horse carriage and we got to see parts of Bombay this way. You have to bargain for the pricing in touristy areas and cannot be found everywhere.

These are so far, the ways I’ve travelled, what other ways are there in India?

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