Canada Trip Jul/Aug 06

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Cycling Trip to the City

Today Earl and Robin cycled from Earl and Mandy's place into the centre of Ottawa City. The cycle tracks run virtually all the way, most of it next to the Ottawa River. Bron and Jordyn came part of the way.

At one point they have set up some stone sculptures on the shoreline.

The government buildings in Ottawa (which is the capital of Canada) are magnificent sitting up on a bluff overlooking the river.

In the centre of the city is a canal that runs from the Ottawa River through to the St Lawrence River connecting via several lakes on the way. At the Ottawa end there is a series of about 7 locks. There was a group of about 9 or 10 pleasure boats negotiating the locks. It took close to 3/4 of an hour to negotiate one lock, getting them lined up in the next look, closing the lock gates at one end, opening the water gate to go to the next level and opening the next set of gates. And they had 7 of these to negotiate!!

We then cycled back to Brittania beach where Bron and Jordyn were and had a very refreshing swim. Unfortunately it was a head wind on the way back and Rob found it hard going. He only just made it back home. Another factor was the temperature, 36 degrees C and very humid. According to the Humidity Index published in the local media it was equivalent to 47 degrees C!!! We must have been mad!! So this was Rob's first 30km bike ride for many years; quite an achievement.


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