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There was a funny pic from yesterday's news about a flash flood in the Beach ... We experienced a situation (although not so dramatic back in July 2012 ) coincidence? :)

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For Throwback Thursday:

It was almost 4 years to the day that we were riding in the Don when we got caught in a heavy rain at the dj's... the Don River overflowed and starting pouring into the pump track! We had to boot it out quick!

In the first post , if you click on the 4th pic, it opens to a video


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http://forums.mtbr.com/eastern-canada/thunderstorms-flash-floods-801415.html#post9501814





So go ahead post up your old pics and stories
 

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September 2008 Puffball season! Riding with singlesprocket and bread :)

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Today is the 62nd anniversary of Hurricane Hazel- October 15, 1954. This storm brought winds reaching 124 km an hour and at least 200 mm of rain falling every 48 hours.

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In its wake, 81 people were killed, 1,868 left homeless and a damage cost equal to $1 billion today. Entire houses built on flood plains were swept away, roads washed out, bridges gone.

But the hurricane also left a lasting fingerprint on Toronto, with city planners working to figure out why Hazel was so devastating to the city.

The need for green spaces which absorb water led planners to rethink development projects destined for floodplains. Marie Curtis Park now sits in the place of houses in the parkland at the south end of Etobicoke Creek.

Thirty-two houses were washed away on Raymore Dr., next to the Humber River in Weston. Parkland has since been added to the area, and the street size has been reduced.

The G. Ross Lord Dam, near Finch Ave. and Dufferin St. in the Don River watershed, and the Claireville Dam, near Hwy. 427 and Finch Ave, were both created to control flooding in the area.

About three years after Hurricane Hazel, four conservation authorities came together to form the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, designed to oversee watershed management and sustainability practices.

Sauce: https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2016/10/15/hurricane-hazel-was-torontos-perfect-storm.html
 

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Labor Day weekend 2013 at the Toronto International Airshow




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Out to the Islands on Tuesday. Missed an excellent sunset (waiting @ Ward's Island dock). Props on the boardwalk pic

I imagine the view for the air show is cool. A few years ago I watched the Ontario Place Canada Day fireworks from Hanlan's Point, great vantage point and no crowds. I wonder if we'll ever see that again? The old ship that they used is still anchored off the shore there.
 

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Bicycles during wartime

The Second Divisional Cyclists training in Toronto, 1915
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The Second Divisional Cyclists was comprised of platoons from Halifax, Montreal, Toronto, Kingston, Winnipeg and Vancouver. They were part of the Canadian Bicycle Corps, which fought at Ypres, Vimy Ridge and Passchendaele. The Second Division assembled in Toronto under the command of a Colonel Denison.

The Canadian Bicycle Corps, mobile and unassuming on their bicycles, were mainly tasked with reconnaissance missions. However, they were still trained in combat and armed with Lewis guns.

Toronto Bicycle Corps during a military ceremony on University Avenue in 1913.
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During WWI, bicycles also played an important role on the homefront.

In the second decade of the 20th century, the automobile industry - booming in the early 1900's - now focused its resources on war efforts. Gasoline was rationed, so Canadians back home relied heavily on bicycles for transport.

In 1917, according to the Canadian War Museum approximately one in eight of the 300,000 factory workers producing materials for war were women. On a bicycle, a woman might ride to her job at the factory producing materials that a man, riding his bicycle on the front lines, would use.

The Canadian Bicycle Corps (and the actual bicycles that transported them) are a small, but important part of Canada's war history. Indeed, they were the first unit to cross the Rhine in late 1918.
Sauce: Lest we forget: Bicycles during wartime | dandyhorse magazine
 

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oh boy 3 years ago today... the great winter ice storm of 2013. Lucky for us we had power at home and we got out for a ride.

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Throwback Thursday January 11, 2015

We rode Lake Ontario shore ice which was a unique, and exciting ride . Temp was -7c but windchill was -22c. Rode for 2 bone chilling hours but it was worth the thrill. Riding was challenging and diverse. Some soft sand, frozen smooth rocks, off camber chunky and glassy ice! Mix in steep grassy hills at the Waterworks and that makes ice biking incredible… thank you studded tires :)

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Throwback Thursday January 18, 2015 -- Claireville

Famous Claireville Bowstring Bridge
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Singlesprocket! Small layer of water made for mirror like reflections.
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Checking the ice... solid! Testing the ice. Despite the warm temperatures, never did I feel unsafe on the ice. Can't even remember hearing any cracking. Was a great adventure today.
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Steve chillin
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Following some unusual tracks on the ice
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Jeremy finds a sweet spot
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What do we have here? Like finding treasure in a scavenger hunt. Tracked this bad boy about 5km upstream. New respect for the off road capabilities of a Pontiac G6.
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Scooby do gang cracks the case
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Crimebusters waiting for the po po :)
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