I was off work today and it was a nice day so I decided to go for a bike ride. I also decided to take my new camera along...
One of my favourite section of the trail. There are many sections like this that make you feel like your lost in the woods.
Britannia Beach: this is about 13 kilometres into the trip and the sign indicates we have just over 12 km to go to get to Parliament Hill.
Back on the Path: As you can see the path runs between the Ottawa River to the left and the Ottawa River Parkway to the right.
Some of the local wildlife having lunch
Westoboro Beach: About 7.5 km from my destination.
Rock Sculptures or Rock Art. The artist apparently redoes them every spring after the winter has destroyed them.
Government buildings across the river in Hull, Quebec
Downtown Ottawa in the distance
Again with close-up:
One of the Ottawa River Tour Boats. They embark at my destination behind the Parliament buildings.
My destination begins to come into view. You can see the Library of Parliament on the top of the cliff:
Parliament Buildings of Canada:
The trail ends at the Rideau Canal Locks
Rideau Canal Locks with the Chateau Laurier at the top of the hill:
One of the tour boats coming in to dock:
The vintage Bianchi
that got me there. I'll probably retire her in the next year or two...
maybe for a new one
26.2 km from my apartment to Parliament Hill.
Starting the trip back. The building is the Supreme Court of Canada:
If you haven't guessed yet we have some pretty good infrastructure for our bike trails:
Old railway crossing the Ottawa River:
Home. 53.14 km return trip in just over 2.5 hours (including water and picture breaks)
It was a good day.