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A long short day

Tuesday, July 8th, 2008

54 km, 4 hours ride time.

It was hot and humid day. We had a late start which is not too surprising given how late we got in last night. It was nice to have a brief visit with Ron and Wendy at breakfast.

Throughout our ride today we were both tired. I think it was a combination of not enough sleep and all the work necessary to pack up the house. The heat certainly did not help. Fortunately my neckband is working like a charm. It makes a significant difference, such that I’m not overheating anymore.

We decided to take a “shorter route” that involved less traffic, rather than following the documented “cycle route”. The advantage was the shorter distance, the disadvantage was gravel roads, more hills, and no services. We went 40 km without so much as a corner store.

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Lunch break.

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The post-lunch hills!

When we rolled into Plantagenet, I saw an ice cream / dairy bar, so we stopped and shared a banana split (our first of the trip). It felt so good to have something cold in the heat of the afternoon.

We then stopped by the depanneur(corner store) for some gatorade. When I asked about washrooms, the girl behind the counter mentioned that their might be some at the motel just down the road (before the highway). We didn’t know there was a motel in Plantagenet and thought we’d have to go to Alfred another 10 km away, so it was very fortunate. We likely wouldn’t have seen the hotel otherwise – it was behind a restaurant, and all the signs were pointed away from the road we were on.

Not 5 minutes after we were settled in our hotel room, we heard the crashes of thunder and the skies released sheets of rain. Seems we just missed another storm!

Elevation Profile
Speed Profile

Partdistance Parttime Partspeed Distance Time Speed
0.000 km 0s 0.000 km 0s
10.002 km 1h 08m 29s 8.76 km/h 10.002 km 1h 08m 29s 8.76 km/h
10.005 km 51m 58s 11.55 km/h 20.007 km 2h 00m 27s 9.97 km/h
10.048 km 44m 01s 13.70 km/h 30.055 km 2h 44m 28s 10.96 km/h
9.965 km 1h 24m 36s 7.07 km/h 40.020 km 4h 09m 04s 9.64 km/h
10.008 km 35m 46s 16.79 km/h 50.028 km 4h 44m 50s 10.54 km/h
3.379 km 36m 26s 5.56 km/h 53.407 km 5h 21m 16s 9.97 km/h

We left home … finally …

Monday, July 7th, 2008

We departed the house at 8:00 pm. Yes, that is not a mistake, pm, not am. It took us much longer than anticipated to get the house in order. Once everything was done, we wanted to be on our way. Waiting until the morning to leave would have meant more delays and we were both ready to leave.

We looked up some friends from church who lived in the East end of Ottawa (Orleans) so we could at least get further than Downtown Ottawa. Ron and Wendy happily invited us into their home for the evening. They live right on the Greenbelt near the river, so our first day’s ride was mostly on pathways.

As we prepared to leave out, several of our neighbours came out to see us off. Thanks Darlene, Rachel and Sheri! As we rode up the street, John and Athena honked their goodbyes, as did Eric a bit later. We don’t usually appreciate car horns while riding, but these were different somehow. It was really nice to receive the well wishes of those that live around us.
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Most of the route to Orleans is on pathways. We were struck by how nice the east end Ottawa River pathway is. Neither of us ridden on it before. It is too bad that we just discovered it as we were leaving the city.

Two short segments of the route is on roads. In both cases, our new “slow moving vehicle signs” (thanks Mary and Hugh) seem to be quite effective, since vehicles passed us very slowly, leaving lots of room. Quite different from what we normally expect from Ottawa drivers. We were riding at night with our lights, but I’m sure that when the drivers saw the large signs, they slowed down. Either way, we felt completely safe on the short segments of road.

After 38 km, we arrived at 11 pm and promptly jumped into Ron and Wendy’s chilly pool. It felt really good, and revitalized us for a brief chat. By 12:30 we were completely exhausted. The day had started early, and was filled with packing and running around, so it was no surprise that we collapsed into bed.

Elevation Profile
Speed Profile

Partdistance Parttime Partspeed Distance Time Speed
0.000 km 0s 0.000 km 0s
10.014 km 1h 02m 36s 9.60 km/h 10.014 km 1h 02m 36s 9.60 km/h
10.022 km 39m 51s 15.09 km/h 20.036 km 1h 42m 27s 11.73 km/h
9.976 km 45m 06s 13.27 km/h 30.012 km 2h 27m 33s 12.20 km/h
6.639 km 29m 14s 13.63 km/h 36.651 km 2h 56m 47s 12.44 km/h