Just north of the CN Rail tracks, the path has a serious fence.

Nepean Trail Pathway Additions Open – Photos

December 18, 2018 Hansonthebike 4

Reading Time: 7 minutes It apparently took 35 years, but the Nepean Trail is more or less finished: a continuous 11-12 km stretch through old Nepean, running south and north of the CN railway track. QuoteThe idea, borne by a member of the Trend Arlington Community Association, was endorsed by the Knoxdale Merivale Council (KMC) and later championed by the ward councillor.UNQUOTE Ask residents where the Nepean Trail starts and finishes and few people will likely be able to tell you. One maps shows it starts just north of Bruce Pit near Bell’s corner and ends at Baseline and Merivale (-ish), winding its way [Read more…]

Detour towards the fence!

Trillium Pathway Phase 3 – photos

December 11, 2018 Hansonthebike 0

Reading Time: 5 minutes The Trillium pathway is finally finished. The third stage was landscaped and finished in September/October 2018 (project OTT-046) and completes a wonderful and safe cycling loop along the canal, the Trillium railway tracks and the Ottawa River. A cycling tourist’s dream. No refuge The original project envisioned crossing Prince of Wales via a refuge. I like refuges very much because unlike at a traffic light, you don’t have to wait in the middle of the night for traffic that isn’t there. Back in the Netherlands in the 1980’s, many lights were switched to amber after a certain hour (perhaps 10 [Read more…]

“Alexa, Don’t Send Me That Bike Shopper Pannier”

December 6, 2018 Hansonthebike 17

Reading Time: 4 minutes May 2021 UPDATE: I ordered the panniers and had them sent to my sister’s in the Netherlands with the aim to pick them up in spring 2020. But then COVID hit and they are still sitting at my sister’s. It looks like I will not be able to pick them up until spring 2022 (!), so I ended up buying one pannier from MEC for not too much (zipper, no roll top). Orange no less, matching my bike! I am looking for a pannier to use on my trips through Ottawa. I have been using the cheapies, but eventually the [Read more…]

Gevulde speculaas

A Dutch December Dessert: Gevulde Speculaas

December 2, 2018 Hansonthebike 4

Reading Time: 5 minutes As December 5 approaches, children in the Netherlands are getting all excited about the visit of Sinterklaas, that 3rd century bishop who visits the Netherlands on a steamboat from Spain every year. He brings goodies and gifts for the kids. Some gifts are accompanied with a tongue-in-cheek rhyme, often referring to something the kids (and adults) did wrong, with the purpose of good humoured embarrassment. Speculaas and Marzipan Closely associate with Sinterklaas (or Saint Nicolaas) is marzipan, speculaas, pepernoten and hot chocolate. Marzipan comes in all kinds of shapes and as a kid I never really liked it. It is [Read more…]