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.