So, another week begins tomorrow and there's no sign of temp work on the horizon. I have got a one time gig tomorrow as a member of a focus group on vodka which will pay 100 dollars. Not bad. If only I could get one of these groups for every day of the week I'd be employed. Hopefully if I keep calling the temp agency like they tell me to (Monday, Wednesday, Friday) I'll get a job soon. I just need to work a couple of days a week to keep my lifestyle afloat. I've pretty much come to terms with the fact that I'm not going to be able to afford to go to Scotland with Ben at the end of the summer, which sucks. Hopefully he'll get his visa sorted out for next year and he'll be able to come back to Canada and work for 2 more years. If he doesn't, it's back to the international love exchange program. Stay tuned for the next couple of months to hear what happens.
Today we went mountain biking at Hilton Falls conservation area just outside Toronto. It was an ok day of very hard trails. Their intermediate trails are harder than some of the advanced trails I've been on. Lots of rocks, lots of boulders, lots of rocky climbs, lots of west coast style bridges and platforms. I walked a LOT today compared to normal and the same goes for Ben who is way better than me. I have lots of bumps and bruises, which are par for the course. Overall I thought the trails were really low on flow and had poor transitions which to me are the essential elements for a fun trail. There was no real intermediate track - it went from very technical to wide double track with hikers. As a testament to the difficulty, we didn't see a single other biker on the single trail in comparison to Kelso (which is just down the road) last weekend where the trails were packed. Same kind of day. Next time I'll probably go back to Kelso - today left both Ben and I a bit frustrated and low on good vibes.
*the above picture is actually Scotland because we didn't take any pictures today.