So the plan was to cycle around the Niagara Peninsula this weekend; take the GO train to Aldershot, and away off past Hamilton and into the Niagara Region, specific routing to be determined by actual prevailing winds on arrival. (Clockwise or anti-clockwise, that is the question...) B&B all booked, maps printed, everything packed, etc.
What I didn't plan on was getting hit by a car on the way down to the GO station.
I don't think it's a door prize when you get hit with the outside of the door; guy on delivery pulled out of a wee parking lot into me. Fortunately, this happened at a low speed, in part because I'd already slowed down because I thought the previous small movements of the car meant he was parking, rather than un-parking, and proceeded past on the supposition that he'd finished. He acknowledged that he hadn't shoulder-checked before pulling out, I've got a photo of his driver's license, and I don't imagine I'll need it, since I have a slightly bruised right hand and a tiny bit of road rash below my right knee; too trivial to describe as damage. (also a light jacket with a hole in it and a knee warmer, ditto.)
The Experiment, well:
So no bike trip around Niagara; called due to lack of bike.
Well, being hit with a car could have been arbitrarily worse. It was within ready walking distance of home, too.
Arkel XM-45 panniers hold a lot of stuff. All the electronics survived, including the dynamo hub. I was going to have to re-tape the handlebars anyway, to rotate the crosstop levers back up to a more ergonomic position after taking the Arkel bar-bag mounts off them. The mechanic at the LBS was really happy to get his hands on R2C shifters. Zingerella left the whole thing of breakfast bars here, on purpose.