This would be the last leg of the worst roads so far. Everyone we met on the road and online said to avoid as much of it as possible, and they were all RIGHT! I can’t wait to check out the beautiful cycling paths of Quebec…
July 18th: 120 km to Mattawa, ON. We were well rested from our Comfort Inn room in Sturgeon Falls. Had a lunch stop in North Bay to visit some friends of Rob’s. One of them, Shane, rode out a part way out towards Mattawa! I got off the highway and took Centennial Crescent for a more stress-free experience. Much better than the still terrifying Highway 17! Rode into town fairly late, got my tent set up nice and secluded!
July 19th: 120 km to Deep River, ON. No avoiding Highway 17 today. The rumble strips would appear on and off, how frustrating! The road itself though and the scenery were gorgeous. I also had my first encounter with a bear! This black bear crossed the road Got into town fairly late but Ron Wensel, my warmshowers host, came out to the main strip to pick me up! We had a lovely time with his wife Diane enjoying the sunset.
July 20th: 40km to Trevor Lane’s in Petawawa, ON. Today would be a short distance day, so I spent the morning looking over my bike, paddling Ron’s kayak, and going for a short ride with Ron and Diane! Getting into Petawawa took longer than I expected as all traffic was stuck for a bit due to construction. Regardless, made it into town and met with Trevor, my warmshowers host for the evening!
July 21th: 85km to Braeside, ON. It was starting to get really hot today! I got some good information from the Wensels to take smaller side roads on my way to Ottawa. Anything to avoid the Trans Canada! I ended up taking Beachburg Road and River Road for anyone thinking about doing this route. I was taken in by the super awesome John and Fawn Bott! Oh my goodness, I had a meal and sleep and food packed in the morning. Oh, and two dogs Teah and Bodie, keeping me company in the morning. It was such a nice respite from the hot hot weather!
July 22th: 80km Ottawa, ON. Today was an extremely long day. The temperature was in the 30s and the humidity was off the charts! I took two naps in the shade (pre-lunch and post-luch) to beat the heat a little before getting into Ottawa. I went to visit Claudio Wensel, son of Ron and Diane from Deep River, at the e-bike company he owns. I had a much longer test ride than I expected as the bikes are so light and so quick! Good times As I entered the city limits, the clouds came in and it started POURING! Thankfully, Michelle and Marc live in a great location and I was able to get inside. Whew!
July 23th: Ottawa, ON. Quite the packed day! Michelle, Marc and myself caught a changing of the guard and then brunch at Zak’s Diner. Then an interview with CTV Ottawa that would air that evening (link on my Media page!), and a yoga class at Rama Lotus Yoga to un-knot all the sitting and cycling I’ve been doing! We had a lovely dinner in the Byward Market area with Kim (liver recipient) and Craig (kidney recipient) and then dessert at the Oh So Good Dessert. Mmmm lots of calorie replenishment today.
July 24th: Ottawa, ON. One more interview this morning on 580 CFRA Radio with Dan Pihlainen. Interviews are getting easier and easier Next up was a brunch organized by Kim (she coordinated yesterday too!) for a meet and greet with other CTA members! We were at the Earl of Sussex Pub and it was fabulous. It was so nice exchanging stories and experiences with people from all kinds of backgrounds. Lovely! Rama Lotus Yoga helped me out with a couple of classes, so I was lucky to be able to do another one today. My body definitely needed it! A little more sightseeing and a little more resupplying was left in the afternoon and then I went back home to make dinner for my hosts! They were so awesome and it was nice to have a kitchen to work with again! Thanks again Marc and Michelle
Weekly Total: 445km
Grand Total: 5410km