August in the Ottawa Valley (6in the 613)

Day 5: In and around Ottawa 38km

Friday,  August 18

Cloudy with drizzle. Afternoon rain and finally some sun.

The weather wasn’t as bad as was forecast today so we decided to do some more riding. We took the van to Dick Bell Park on the Ottawa River. Unloaded the bikes and got our rain gear handy.

It was a 15km ride from there to Parliament Hill plus a few more for detours, construction and walking. We ended up in the Byward Market for sandwiches and a selection of fabulous pattiseries. Once we were recharged and recalibrated we rode across the Alexandra Bridge to Jacques Cartier Park to see the Mosaic Canada exhibit.  It was incredible – mixing sculpture with horticulture – even with the sudden down pour of rain.

After seeing the exhibit we made our way back through Gatineau and crossed back over the river on the Pont du Portage. It was a good ride back to where we parked the van and seemed to take no time at all.

We had a short layover at the hotel before going out for supper to a really delicious BBQ joint nearby in Kanata. After getting back to the hotel I’m pretty sure everyone is lazily lounging in their rooms. Another great day.

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