I leave Ottawa after having a delightful catch-up breakfast with two recent Pearson alumni, Andrea Abbott, Pearson Year 35, and Laurence Jutras Year 36. Both are continuing their university studies and traveling extensively around the world.
The route out of Ottawa is just as peaceful and as beautiful as the route into the city from the west. The trail is along the south shore of the Ottawa River and I feel like I have the river and the pathway all to myself.
I love these dedicated trails so much I had to take a few videos.
After the trail ends, I follow the route as described by another cyclist. I am pushing to see if I can make it about halfway to Montreal along back roads as close to the river as possible.
As I push on into the early evening, the heat of the day has created a threatening looking cloud bearing down on me. When I see it getting closer it is a real inspiration to pedal harder.
This one doesn’t catch me and I make it all the way to Hawkesbury.
Stats – for Tuesday 24 July 2012
Distance: 124 km
Time on Bike: 6 hrs 43 min
Average Speed: 18.4 km/hr
Distance to Date: 5,905