Towed! (revisited)

So after a long process of asking around at several offices and websites, I managed to discover the actual process to dispute and get a refund for a tow. It was not, as I initially was advised, to file a complaint with the small claims court. It turned out that this process would have cost nearly as much as what I was trying to get back not counting the time to fill out paper work and go to court.

I first emailed and, after no response, called the Toronto parking authority about the situation to settle out of court and it turns out that there is an address to which you can write to request an investigation. So I wrote out a letter and made copies of all my receipts and the ticket and sent it in to the parking authority. Less than a week later I got a call that my complaint was received and an investigation would be opened.

To save people the trouble that I went through here is the address. Be sure to include a full description of your situation, copies of all relevant paperwork, and all contact information. Good luck!

Parking Enforcement East
1500 Don Mills Road 6th floor
North York, ON M3B 3K4
Attn: Unit Commander

An interesting point about the two parking tickets I got (both I wanted to fight), they both got cancelled! I found this out when I went to metro hall to fight the second one and when the information was entered I was told that the ticket was cancelled and the first ticket had been taken out of the system. Don’t know what happened, but I definitely lucked out.


Toronto-Lake Placid (2)

So overall my weekend trip to Lake Placid was very successful. Especially once I got all the kinks worked out of the route, it turned out to be a great ride.

I ended up getting a little lost after wolf island once I entered New York but managed to work it out just fine. Wolf Island itself was also a really nice ride. It was about a 20 minute ride on a two lane highway through farm land.

Had an interesting experience with one of the locals there too. I had realized after a couple of minutes that one of my saddle bag straps was lose so I pulled into the entrance of a driveway to fix it. I left the engine idling and got off. There was a big dog on the porch of the house farther down the driveway that was barking at me. After a little while just as I was about ready to get back on the bike a woman comes out and starts yelling at me to fuck off. Well that pissed me off cause I hadn’t even revved the engine. So I gave her the finger, she returned the favor and I drove off. Funny the attitude some people have towards bikers…

After not too much longer, I arrived in the Adirondacks and wow, what perfect motorcycle country! You can smell the difference of the fresh mountain air, the roads are relatively empty, and the curves are very numerous and a lot of fun. After the 8 or so hours it took me to get there, once I was in the park, I felt like I could’ve ridden for another 8 hours. Of the routes I’ve driven in my roughly 7000 miles, the Adirondacks is definitely my favourite. You can really tell how motorcycle friendly a place is by how many bikes are around and Lake Placid was full of them and bikes of all kinds: sports bikes, smaller cruisers, and full on touring bikes.

Needless to say, I was a bit sad to leave the roads of upstate New York but it was alright as I had better idea of the route I’d be taking back. I had a quick drive up I-80 after I left the park which was only about 30 miles until 1000 Island bridge over to Canada. I then took the quick route to Bellville via the 401. There i met a friend and found why rt. 2 was a recommended road. Between Bellville and Port Hope on Rt. 2 was great. There was not the numerous towns that slowed me down so much on the way out and it was just generally a great motorcycle road. You also pass by Canada’s largest air base in Trenton which is a pretty cool site (there’s also an adjacent museum with some cool old planes, definitely worth a drive by). My friend and I got off rt. 2 a little early as it started to rain a bit and hopped on the 401 the rest of the way to Toronto.

Overall a really nice ride. It was pretty liesurely and there were lots of bits that could be done on their own for shorter weekend rides if you’re in the area. I also hear that the drive around Prince Edward County is supposed to be worth a try, but unfortunately I didn’t have the time this go around.

My route from Toronto to Lake Placid:

My Route from Lake Placid to Toronto:

Toronto-Lake Placid (1)

So after about three months of having the bike out of winger storage and only two “long distance” trips (one being 100 miles round trip and another was to Wasaga Beach for a long weekend, but more about those later) I’m finally out on a real touring trip, and one that I haven’t done before.

Right now I’m sitting in the wolf-island ferry terminal waiting for the three o’clock ferry to New York. It took me about four hours to go the roughly 200 km from Toronto to Kingston. My originally planned route was to take route 2/Kingston road all the way to Kingston. I had looked up this route in my H.O.G. touring guide which marked pretty much all of rt. 2 as a scenic route. The one problem though is that google maps estimated the time for what should be around a six hour trip into a nearly ten hour one.

Initially this didn’t bother me much. As most riders will probably agree with, I wanted to avoid the major highways (the 401 on this case) and 2 looked like it would be a nice ride. So I thought I’d wake up early and go for it.

The way I got to the highway was to take the Gardiner east to lake shore which leads into Kingston road. As soon as I got there though there was nothing but lights and traffic. This made me regret not having just gone up to the 401 and take it out farther where rt. 2 wouldn’t be so busy. At that point it was too late so I thought I’d just wait it out until it opened up more. maybe I just got impatient, but it never really did. So finally I just took a turn off onto the 401 where finally instead of moving at 70 km/h I could hit 125.

Well I thought I’d stay on there until I saw the next exit for rt. 2. I saw after maybe 20 minutes but it was on simcoe road. This kind of confused me most of all because it was going north south rather than east west. I had to ask for directions twice before getting back on track and once I was it was more of the same slow moving traffic through towns. After this, and checking a map in a gas station in bellville which showed many more towns, I decided to stay on the 401 until a town called Napanee about 30 km out of Kingston and I must say that that stretch of rt. 2 was very nice. My experience on the 401 wasn’t that unpleasant either. Once you’re out of the city and away from the four lane and express lanes section of the highway, the 401 is definitely tolerable.

Now as I sit here waiting for ferry I can only hope that my little detours ended up saving me time rather than costing me it. I also cannot wait for the final leg of the trip along the winding roads of the Adirondacks.

Gas count:
First fill up before leaving 15 bucks at 1.31 perliter 89 unleaded
Second after 120 miles 12 bucks at 1.30 per liter 89 unleaded