It has been three long months of winter hibernation. This has mostly meant many long, sweaty metro rides and miserable jaunts in the cold (I swear, next fall I will learn how to winterize my bike). It’s still cold, and a little wet, but the snow and ice are pretty well gone.
Like a disoriented (not to mention groggy and out-of-shape) lady-bear, I have started to wake the hell up. Thankfully riding a bicycle is like, well riding a bicycle (sorry), and everything is instinctively familiar (ie. how to dodge cabs, pedestrians and car doors).
Short bike rides through the downtown core have me rediscovering a city that I ignored from December right through to the beginning of March. “Oh yeah,” I say to myself, “there is a whole world out there,” (outside of my apartment, that is).
If commuting from point A to point B and back again (then to point C, back to point A and a quick stop-over at point D, etc) is an inevitable part of a working student’s life, it might as well be enjoyable. And really, even a drab and gloomy above-ground Montreal is better than an always-congested underground Montreal.
Today I was fortunate enough to experience the season’s first bike-protest head on collision. Protesting, striking and general shit disturbing are all part of the Montreal experience, and, among other things, it helps our city come alive.
Basically, I am thrilled to be out of hibernation. Please stay tuned in for more bicycle adventures in Montreal 🙂