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On the Road – Trail Holes, Birthday Gorillas, Discarded Mail and More

October 2, 2021

Highlights and lowlights from my recent two-wheeled voyage to Welland:

1. I genuinely appreciated having the portable washroom along the trail at the park near Highway 20 for most of the summer, but I wonder why it was suddenly taken away. The weather’s still nice and the leaves are still on the trees. In fact, fall is the best time of year here in Niagara. So instead, I had to resort to the next best thing – go behind the building by the highway and use the hand sanitizer I regularly bring with me.

1a. Judging from the scraps of toilet paper left behind, many others have used the bushes by the parking lot on the south side of the highway to answer the call of nature. You gotta do what you gotta do.

2. Passing by so many of the patched-up holes where posts were placed and then removed reminds me of the trail north of Silver Avenue that opened not long before I left the Old Country. In their infinite wisdom, the powers that be dug up parts of the pristine trail to put up wooden posts only to remove them shortly thereafter, leaving bumpy patches behind. Shrug.

3. You know paranoia is in overdrive when you spot cyclists with masks and face shields out in the middle of nowhere with no human within a country mile.

4. I would have honked if I was driving a car . . .

5. Quintessential Welland . . .



6. For when members of the LGBTQ+ community want to throw a party . . .

7. I found this dude camped out on the stage interesting. Wrapped up in a sleeping bag, he was coughing his guts out, stopping only to grab a couple of puffs before resuming his incessant coughing. It apparently didn’t occur to him that the cause of his coughing was most likely the puffs. At the very least, it sure wasn’t helping.

8. I couldn’t help but notice large numbers of people outside the many quick-serve restaurants I passed by. Yet there was hardly anyone inside. Looks like the “no indoor dining” decree of People’s Commissar Ford isn’t bothering too many people.

9. Just toss your unwanted junk mail behind the supermailbox . . .

10. On my return trip, the bridge over the canal was being raised just after I crossed Highway 20. The first sighting of a ship came several minutes later. Once again, traffic was being delayed by the Seaway, not by a ship.

11. You know, I lived in Winnipeg for nearly five decades and spent much time along the Red and Assiniboine Rivers, but I can’t say I ever saw ocean liners like this pass by. Perhaps I was just in the wrong place at the wrong time.

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