The Ottawa winter has been odd, to say the least. The canal wasn’t open for skating for long; on the other hand, only a week and a half ago we were still skiing in the Gatineau. All of a sudden the weather turned around and Sunday, Ottawa saw 25.1 degrees (as in 77F) . The normals are +4 (40F) max and -7 (20F) minimum for March 18.
We hopped on our bikes and cycled along the canal to the Byward Market, and back along the Ottawa River via Parkdale Ave to Nepean. I have never seen so many bikes out as this Sunday. I am not exaggerating if I tell you it was in the hundreds.
Even CFRA wanted to interview me. I hesitated for obvious reasons but when the interviewer told me she cycles herself, I found my sister in arms. Our Trojan Horse. Our fly on the wall.
Here are a dozen pics from the weekend:
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It’s been spectacular. My 8 year old pestered me to ride to school with her the past two days after a trial run of the trip on the weekend. It’s been great as she’s packing her lunch and stuff, going o bed earlier and getting up earlier in order to do so. I sure hope the weather stays with us beyond this week
I agree about the crowds. We live just a few doors from the canal and Sunday we walked into the market. The crowds! It actually looked like cycling may have been a frustrating experience along some parts of the canal.
wonderful! I couldn’t get out sunday…I was hurting too much from St. Paddy’s, but the bike ride home yesterday was amazing.
I think it’s funny that I started commuting by bike last week, when temps were between 0 and 10, and people at work thought I was very gung-ho. This week there are 3 other bikes in the racks at work…so I guess most people need +15 to ride to work!
At least the ice has cleared up on the shadowed sections of the Rideau River trail..