“The best thing about doing a road trip like this is the idea that you can stop and just get away from yourself and experience something new. And then, when you come back, you feel comfortable with each other.”
Guelph resident Katelyn Lank was already looking for an activity when she heard that a transit bike club was trying to set up at London Transit’s Goderich location.
“I heard about it from a friend of mine who was riding it, and I like to bike, so I thought, ‘If I can do a bike trip to Goderich, it’ll be good for me and the friend who just joined up with us,’” she says.
She asked her husband, Ryan, to join her to ride the 132-kilometre G2G rail trail.
“I’m not the biggest bike fan, but I also don’t ride when I’m travelling on the road,” she says. “So we decided to get up on this little, little bike. I loved it, I really did.”
The friends knew each other only by a Facebook connection and knew nothing about the club’s efforts to set up in Goderich. “I really thought that we were there for about an hour.”
Then Ryan said something to Katelyn.
“He said, ‘You know, we’re not even starting until the next day, but you know we’re going to have a good time.’ So we were like, ‘Wow, that’s really nice of you to say,’” she says.
When they arrived at the field station on Tuesday, they were excited to connect with other riders.
“We just sat and talked for an hour and a half while waiting for our ride out,” Katelyn says. “We just talked about how great it was to do something together, to just be together.”
Katelyn and Ryan took the provincially supported bike to a nearby landfill, then boarded a bus for Toronto, where their ride ended.
“I think there was an art students out there doing a class, so I think we ended up getting in at night for that,” she says.
The cyclists then rode to the Rocky Mountaineer station, and headed across Lake Ontario. They managed to catch a flight on Wednesday afternoon, which left them on the last day of their adventure.
“It was really just a bonding experience for us, because we all worked together on it,” she says. “The music that we would listen to, the food, the design of the way we rode — everything, really, just got to that mutual feeling of I’m not here to ride, I’m here to meet and talk with people.”