Journal Entry #5: Our little trip to Halifax + 5 things I learned about the city
Remember one of our first post here on the blog, it was about the It’s a History Thang alleycat which happened, here in Montreal, at the end of this past month of August?
Well the Halifax trip kinda’ started back then. One of the participants of the alleycat was a nice dude called Micheal Andrew Harvie. Eric and I talked quite a bit with him after the race and he told us about an alleycat he organizes every year in his hometown, Halifax, during the Thanksgiving weekend. Eric and I had never been to Halifax so we told him to keep us posted and that we would be interested to go this year.
About ten days before Thanksgiving, Eric e-mails Micheal asking if the alleycat was still a go. It wasn’t really, but Micheal decided to put it together and invited us to spend the weekend at his place.
We just had to figure a way to actually get there. It almost did not happen.
Just a few days before the event, we found a road trip buddy, J-C, a guy who used to be a bike messenger in Montreal. Yeah, Eric and I don’t drive so it tends to make going places that are too far to bike to a bit more complicated. Ha!
So, on the Saturday morning of the Thanksgiving weekend, we finally got to Halifax, well Dartmouth.
From the hilltop in Halifax looking onto the bridge to get into Dartmouth
We rested a little, headed out to Halifax on our bikes in the late afternoon, and later Eric and J-C took part in the alleycat.
For the rest of the weekend and the following Monday, we rode around Halifax and Dartmouth, just the regular tourist stuff you know.
So here are 5 things I learned about the city:
1. Halifax is beautiful, but hilly as fuck. For some reason, I had a mental image of it being a flat city. I never could have been more wrong.
2. It is also very windy. I expected that, but it went above expectation. Combined with the previous point, it makes for some pretty intense commuting if you are on a fixed gear with big-ish ratio, like we were.
3. Lots of restaurant and bars offer great vegetarian or vegan options AND a local meats and produces. This is great.
4. In less then 15 minutes of cycling, you are outside the city and in the country. It’s like if Mont-Tremblay was right outside of Montreal. This is also great.
5. People are very friendly. We have had an old lady insisting that we (on bikes) cross the street before her.
Bonus: It gets way, way, colder as soon as the sun goes down. And we were told it’s like that all year round, so if you plan a trip to Halifax, come prepared (unlike us).
Come prepared, ’cause if not you end up wearing some very weird layering, like I did.
All in all, it was an awesome weekend. It was too short though. I wished we had more time to wander further outside the city and even go camping, but I guess that will be for another time!