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Sunday, October 12, 2014

What do you do when you’re a round the world cyclist suffering from a serious injury and grounded in Toronto?

There is only so much ‘sight seeing’ I can do. Long walks have become the norm, more to try and keep a positive frame of mind than for the health benefits. The shoulder is not healing well. In fact there seems to be almost no improvement from when the accident happened six weeks ago. At an all time low and realising I wasn’t going anywhere, at least on the bike, I decided I’d try and find a girlfriend. Yes, online dating. Wow!

Only it’s hard. Very hard. After two dates, my poor confidence is in tatters. My first date was quite nice, except she’d decided even before meeting me I was way too much baggage. Why meet then? Oh, she was curious. So onto number two and this lady was seriously crazy, I mean crazy like when I told her I was not happy and wanted to leave, she tried to keep me a prisoner. I escaped.

There must be someone out there of reasonable sound mind who knowing my situation would like to spend time with me. I mean seriously, I have a lot of stories to tell, can hold intelligent conversations and have more than enough love to give. Truth is my feeling is I want to stop traveling for a while and ‘get a life’ other than as a RTWC. So if you fancy taking a chance with me, get in touch! No idea how it will work out, but we’d have a lot of fun.

OK so now I’ve finished with my request for a partner (which if you’re thinking I’m joking – I’ve never been more serious in my life) I’ll get on with the blog…

…oh wait, there’s nothing to write about. No cycling, nor will there be for some considerable time. Sugar. Guess I’ll just have to come up with something else. In the meantime, here’s a few images from my wander around Toronto.

The old City Hall, Toronto

I really do like Toronto. Guess it’s just as well. Mike has been so supportive of me and I have also had a great time with David and Pat in Ajax. They are kept up to date with my search for ‘the one’ and I’m sure find it all pretty amusing!

The new City Hall, Toronto

I should pick up my bike next week in Plattsburg, New York State, but I feel it’s not going to happen. What’s the point if I can’t ride it? I’m making things up as I go along, trying desperately not to get depressed about the whole situation, but I’m sinking…

Walking and more sightseeing will have to do and to be fair, the scenery is quite nice.

The waterfront and beach in Ajax

So that’s it for this quick update. If anyone would like to fix me up with a blind date, go right ahead. Or if you’ve fallen in love with me through my ramblings, let me know. I’ll travel anywhere to meet you!

Normal cycling service will not be resumed – for a while.

Sunday, October 12, 2014 at 10:07 am

By all accounts Toronto is an excellent city. If you have to stay then you cannot do too badly than be ‘stuck’ in Toronto! I wish you luck with the matchmaking but fear that your Surly may get very jealous and will not stand for it. I hope the shoulder repairs nicely. Best of luck.

    Sunday, October 12, 2014 at 4:22 pm

    Ha ha, my Surly isn’t the only thing that’s Surly around here…

Sunday, October 12, 2014 at 3:59 pm

Derek! You’re my hero! I Love this update and in my opinion it deserves a happy ending. I have also bad experiences from blind dates. Not too much but enough to convince me that was not my thing. Now this goes to Dr. Phil dating stuff but I’ve always thought that if you get yourself to places which are predominantly having female present it adds to your changes (like pilates class or something similiar if your shoulder doesn’t hurt too much??). Simple maths:D But all the best for your Derek. I hope I could help you more on this subject. Best wishes from Lisbon!

    Sunday, October 12, 2014 at 4:21 pm

    Hey Hansi,

    It may be that Europe is back on the agenda for late this or early next year (for medical reasons) and so we just might be able to compare notes in person. Wouldn’t that be awesome? 😉

Sunday, October 12, 2014 at 4:37 pm

Wishing you luck with your online dating. Hope you have as much luck as us xxxxxx

    Sunday, October 12, 2014 at 4:41 pm

    Hey Dawn, lovely to hear from you. How’s that (not so) little one doing? Big hugs ((x))

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