Sunday 2 May 2010
A Sunday Ride Around Ottawa
The weather has improved rapidly and I am starting to leave the confines of the Tour de Basement, blinking in the bright sunshine. Yesterday I did tempo circuits of the Eastern Parkway with Mr. Mocha before we enjoyed a well-earned cappuccino with a shot of caramel at Bridgehead. The weather forecast today was only moderately promising but I decided to persevere and just do two hours of relaxed cyclepath riding. I thought that if I left early enough, I would avoid all the clueless pedestrians and dogwalkers who usually get in the way.
Leaving home at 10:40 under leaden skies, I felt much better than I have for most of the week. I have learned that I am allergic to birch pollen and it has been pretty hard at times, with the weepy, scratchy eyes, the headaches and congestion but today seemed to be a huge improvement. After leaving home, I took backstreets to get to the bike path along the Rideau River, and headed south to Hog's Back. There was some kind of charity walk taking place so I had to take care on the bikepath and watch out for folk afoot who were wandering over the yellow line. I crossed the Rideau Canal and went through the Experimental Farm, seeing the odd cyclist but very few people in general. The route continues west and then loops up to the Western Parkway.
When I reached Downtown Ottawa, I discovered that the bikepath along the river was closed due to construction, so I crossed the Portage Bridge and went along the Quebec side of the river, crossing over the MacDonald-Cartier Bridge and coming back into Ottawa that way. Then it was a meandering ride through Rockcliffe, now in warm sunshine, before coming home to some espresso.