Humdinger Bicycle Tours has been in the works for several years now. It is the result of a passion for cycling and traveling, and also a deep love for Central Ontario, particularly the ancient, exposed rock we call the Canadian Shield and all the waterways that fill its crevices. I have been fortunate enough to have traveled to many beautiful places around the world, and now I aim to show the world Ontario’s beauty.
My travel experiences have been mostly self-guided, but I have also had the benefit of outstanding guides from time to time. I dearly love to wander and putter and discover on my own, but nothing beats the depth of knowledge of a passionate local. Who else knows the dives that have amazing food, how to avoid crowds and traffic, the best swimming spots, and, most importantly for cyclists, which roads have been repaved recently?
That does – finally – bring me to bicycle tours. I don’t think there is any better way to explore a city or a region. Hiking is too slow. Driving is too fast. Cycling is the Goldilocks of travel modes – in the middle and just right! I love the ease of hopping off to examine a plaque a little more closely, or to enjoy a vista a little bit longer. And I also love the ability to zip along taking in the moving scenery while feeling that familiar rush of smooth speed. Bicycles represent freedom and independence, and can boost my elated holiday feeling to the point that I am almost bursting at the seams. Pure joy. Add in the physical challenge, some endorphins, and the knowledge that the end-of-the-day local beer is well earned, and you have, indeed, a Humdinger of a holiday.