Unlike last year I didn’t have time yesterday to watch the Santa Claus parade pass by a mere two blocks from where I live. Instead, I was desperately trying to make my way uptown to deal with the cleanup from a flood in my mother’s basement earlier in the week.
The parade route pretty much cut me off from driving anywhere north or east. I slowly inched my way up to the University of Toronto campus; the impenetrable gridlock there forced me to side-step over to Spadina Avenue. I made it only a little farther north to Harbord Avenue, where I was more or less forced into turning around. I then raced down Spadina to Adelaide Street, and made good time until just past University Avenue, where I suddenly realized that the parade continued past Old City Hall down Yonge Street. I then grabbed a quick right on Bay Street, backtracked to University and finally made it to the QEW, where I caught The Don Valley Parkway north.
Net result: A road trip of eight effective city blocks took me over an hour to complete.