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The Pass of Glen Coe

Hard as Rock - Glen Coe

The Pass of Glen Coe

We woke to overcast weather patterns and the chance of rain, but not letting that dampen our enthusiasm, Jim and I head further north into the pass of Glen Coe. Along the way, Jim explained to me how climbers in Scotland have given classification names to various mountains reaching above certain elevations with the Munroes representing peaks above 3000 feet, and then below that level the Corbetts, Donalds and Grahams. We weren’t about to capture any of peaks on this particular day but it was interesting to talk about the various groups out to bag all of the Munroes or all of the Corbetts, etc. Very similar to the 46’er clubs of the Adirondack Mountains closer to my home.

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Canada Explorer Ontario Ottawa Perth

Ottawa Bicycle Club Rideau Lakes Cycle Tour – Spring 2009

Each year, the Ottawa Bicycle Club sponsors and organizes the “Rideau Lakes Cycle Tour”. The event in 2009 marks the 38th anniversary of the event.

The tour is a supported tour with cyclists traveling the approximately 177km one-way route from Ottawa, Ontario through Ashton, Ontario and Perth, Ontario to Kingston, Ontario on the Saturday, staying overnight in the dorms of Queen’s University in Kingston, and then, after a nice breakfast, cycling back to the start point in Ottawa on the Sunday.  A few alternate routes allow for cyclists to travel other routes such as the 100km/day Century route that starts out in Perth, Ontario and joins in with the Traditional route. For the more enthusiastic, there is a longer 200+ km/day route.

2011 UPDATE: The photos in this blog are from the 2009 event. For more information about the 2011 Rideau Lakes Cycle Tour, visit the Ottawa Bicycle Club website.

For this year’s event the plan was for Ron to do the cycling along the traditional 177km/day route and for Graeme to do the photography. Here’s Ron now!

The plan worked out reasonably well except for three flat tires, two of which occurred on Sunday when the weather was cold, drizzly and dreary. The following is a collection of shots taken along the route.

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Wakefield, Quebec and the Gatineau Hills

Every so often, when the sky is blue and the clouds are passing quickly overhead, I get an urge to hop in the car, travel across the Ottawa River, and spend some time wandering around the Gatineau Hills and along the shores of the Gatineau River. I usually end up at the Covered Bridge a bit upstream form Wakefield town center. This day was one such day.

Lac St. Pierre

Tent Caterpillars

Ruisseau St-Denis

One of the beaches at Meech Lake

Hay Rake

Wakefield Covered Bridge across the Gatineau River

Bridge Information: The Wakefield Covered Bridge was built in 1998 after a fire had destroyed the original Gendron Covered Bridge which had been at this site since 1915.  The construction of the replacement bridge was a community project utilizing 600 Douglas Fir boom logs salvaged from the Gatineau River when the logging practice of floating logs down the Gatineau River was discontinued. The bridge itself is 288 ft (87.8 m) long and 18 ft. (5.5m) wide and is 16 ft. (4.9m) above the normal river level.

I react to Poison Ivy so when I’m traveling on trails I have to always be watching that I don’t step in the stuff as I’m backing up to get the perfect shot. In a different language, the words might be different but the allergic reaction that I get is the same. This noxious weed knows no boundaries!

Another good day with no complications. Great to have nice weather.

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