Parliament Hill

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I plan a bit of a rest day with the idea of getting east of Ottawa by evening. I have the great pleasure to have lunch with our former Prime Minister and current Pearson College Trustee, the Right Honourable Joe Clark. As always, it is a delight to have such wide ranging conversations with him. His work with the Global Leaders Foundation is impressive and is a quiet force of support where it is needed in the world. And this fits in well with the book he is writing, to be titled: “Lead from Beside.”

I also have the chance to tour the IB World School, Academie de la Capitale, founded by Lucie and Francois Jacques. An ambitious project already making a big difference in the lives of the students who get to learn following a truly experiential approach in an intimate setting.

It is late afternoon by the time I get my bicycle all packed and ready to go. The very hot day has produced some wild thunderstorms so I wait them out patiently and follow their path on weather radar. With the skies clear in the direction of Ottawa I set out to get east about 40-50 km along with a stop on Parliament Hill.

After only a few kilometers, the sky darkens and I get caught in a wild downpour, complete with thunder, lightening, a bit of hail and a few flash floods. I manage to find refuge beneath an overpass and decide to wait.

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The wait is well worth it as it becomes much cooler and I get to enjoy that lovely smell of the air after a summer shower. And I also get to enjoy the bike path along the Ottawa River into the city.

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The pathway into the city is full of surprises, things you would not expect so close to the nation’s capital.

Pastoral views of the river.

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Including one painted on the side of a tree.

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And places to swim.

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And fish.

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And create sculpture from rocks exposed when the river level drops in the summer. Art to enjoy until the river rises again.

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I approach Parliament Hill from behind but nonetheless, an impressive sight and feeling.

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It is getting dark by the time I am in front of the Parliament building and I try unsuccessfully to set up a time delayed photo but I do get something. It is a different feeling arriving here by bicycle from the west coast. With the sun set, I decide to stay in Ottawa for the evening.

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Stats – for Monday 23 July 2012

Start: Nepean
Finish: Ottawa
Distance: 19 km
Time on Bike: 1 hr 13 min
Average Speed: 15.2 km/hr
Distance to Date: 5,781 km

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2 thoughts on “Parliament Hill

  1. Keep it up David. I love reading your posts. Thanks for sharing all the pictures. It really feels like I am riding along. Good job.

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