Monday August 5, 2013. Day 62

Perth to Ottawa

What a perfect way to approach Ottawa on this trip – via the Trans Canada trail!  It was a gorgeous day with no thunder clouds in sight. Even the winds were calm. Stopping at Coutts for coffee and to buy sandwiches for lunch, we cycled north-east along Mississipi Lake and into Carleton Place. There, we picked up the Trans Canada Trail and then the Ottawa River bike path for 50 km into the Nation’s Capital. We both felt nostalgic catching our first sight of Britannia Bay, then the beach, and  riding by our old house. We cycled into Westboro for gelato and then along Richmond Road, where we enjoyed seeing familiar shops and restaurants. We stopped in to see Robin, with her two delightful girls, then back on the bike path to Parliament Hill and then to our hotel on O’Connor St. We will have two days off here. Tomorrow, we will be joined by our nephew, Marius, and his wife, Helen, who have come from England to cycle with us to Quebec City. Marius and Helen are currently cycling from Montreal to Ottawa on their tandem.

We are on the traditional territory of the Algonquin Nation.

Britannia Bay
Britannia Bay
Westboro Beach
Westboro Beach

3 thoughts on “Monday August 5, 2013. Day 62”

  1. Ohhh….I can feel the wonderful nostalgia in your veins!! So happy for you both!! Enjoy every moment here!! Take it all in!! Such wonderful memories!! Thank you for sharing such intimate moments with us all!!!

  2. Hello Lois and Paul;
    I am in awe of the two of you cycling across Canada! I have loved crossing Canada by car and train. Cycling puts you in much closer contact with all the sights, sounds, smells, people and other creaturesweather, travails that comprise the country. You are doing something that I greatly admire and could not do myself. Hope to see your photos on your return. gail

    1. Hi Gail! It’s been a great trip! You can see some of our photos in the galleries above. Hope you’re having a good summer. See you in September. L.

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