I had initially booked an extra day in Toronto just in case it rained and the roof remained closed. As the sun ended up making a welcome appearance during yesterday's game, I decided against attending another game at the Rogers Centre and took a trip to the CN Tower instead. I met some nice baseball fans on my way up to the observation deck and ended up chatting with them for about two hours high atop the city of Toronto.
It was a nice day out today so I took a leisurely stroll to the CN Tower. After living in New York for the past six years, I noticed a lot of ground floor apartments with picture windows and no blinds. It felt a little awkward being able to see inside so many people's living spaces from the street. The city of Toronto itself is quite nice. I did not have nearly enough time to really explore. The one thing I loved about the area is that it has some great architecture and high rise buildings, while also being so close to the water. It is hard to get the best of both world's, but Toronto has it.
I made my way up the elevator to the top of the CN Tower where I met a couple of Yankee fans in town for the game tonight. Tom and Sara were two strangers before their love of the Yankees brought them together as friends. They made the trip to Toronto together with Tom coming from Pittsburgh and Sara from Kalamazoo. Toronto is not too far away from Michigan, but this was now the third time on my tour where I met someone from my home town. When I was in Miami I sat next to a couple of kids who went to my rival high school (after I had graduated), when I was in Chicago I was on the subway with a woman who works at my dad's hospital and now at the top of Toronto I met a young lady who is going to school in Kalamazoo.
The three of us ended up chatting for nearly two hours standing 1,815 feet in the air. We stood on the observation deck as people squeezed by us trying to get a view of the city while we immersed ourselves in baseball minutia. It was the perfect way for me to spend my last day in Canada. Sadly, the roof on the Rogers Centre remained closed so I did not get the shot that I was looking for looking into the stadium. I snapped a couple of pictures and said my good byes to Tom and Sara and headed back to the apartment where I was staying.
My host family here in Toronto has a beautiful baby girl that I got to play with during the day. She was sick when I first got here, but she eventually started feeling better and warmed up to me. Full disclosure, I did buy her love with a stuffed animal from the Rogers Centre. After having a great home cooked meal I turned in for the night in preparation to drive the final leg of my tour. It is almost over. I am not sure how I feel about that.
Miles Traveled: 0
Time in Car: 0 hours
Sleep Time: 7 Hours 15 minutes
Bottles of Water: 4
Food Eaten: Tuna sandwich from Aroma, home made Mexican food
Total Money spent today $71.71
Cumulative Miles through today 16,360
Cumulative Time in car through today 299 hours 50 minutes