This week we’re officially starting our training for the Nepal trek. We both like to keep things fun so we’re starting with a multi-part urban expedition that should prove to be taxing but involving at the same time.
Our Mission: To hike the entire length of the Toronto subway system (excluding the Scarborough RT line), visiting all 64 (I think) stations along the way.
The total length of the Bloor-Danforth, Yonge-Spadina and Sheppard lines is about 71km by my reckoning, so it’s a decent challenge. Just to make it extra fun, we’re doing the whole thing carrying our day packs. Clearly we can’t hike 70km in one go, so we’re going to split it up into segments. Krista’s keen to get started on our training plan so we started tonight with 9 or so kilometers from Downsview station at the top of the Spadina line, down to Eglinton West. It was pretty interesting as we don’t know that part of town at all well and we can’t walk right along the subway route as it runs over Hwy 401 and down the middle of Allen Road.
The first kilometer was particularly good fun as we tried to cut across a field next to Downsview Station.
Matt: “Let’s cross through the field to get to those set of lights and continue onwards”
Krista: “I think it’s fenced in?”
**A few minutes later**
Krista: “We’re fenced in, why is there an ambulance in the field..?”
Krista: “And pylons..? … Hey look, barbed wire…”
Matt: “Let’s jump it!”
**Krista wriggles under the fence, Matt jumps it, Krista looks at the sign on the fence**
Krista: “We just walked through the Toronto EMS training facility…”.
Our progress improved after that but we still had to take a bit of a detour along to Dufferin in order to negotiate the 401. Despite walking at a decent pace we only averaged 15 mins per km (=4km per hour) by the time you add in coffee breaks, photo stops and generally negotiating traffic. Still, we’re not in a rush and hiking through Yorkdale Mall with backpacks on was good for a chuckle. Pictures of our visits to the first six stations are below.
Next time out we’ll be picking it up at Eglinton West and heading downtown towards Union Station.