Monday, 14 September 2009

busy, busy on the bike and trails

Last weekend was the Canadian Triathlon held at the Terry Fox Facility near Hogsback, this event holds everything imaginable expect pig races! There are sprints, du's, kayak's, half iron and Iron... Since none of our gang were participating in it this year we were going to miss it. A last minute decision was made to cycle down to the event anyway.

It is a fantastic bike ride along the pathways in behind the experimental farm over to Hogsback. It was about an hours ride from where we parked the cars and the weather was perfect. We had to cross over canal locks to get to the turn around area of the bike route.




While we were crossing the locks they were in the process of lowering the water to permit a restored 1951 Shepherd to carry on to the Ottawa River. What a beautiful boat.

We wandered around the event for awhile, but it just wasn't the same without really knowing a competitor and truthfully by the time we got there most of the events were over and just the Half and Full Iron were going on. Carrying on, we cycled down the bike path right along the Rideau Canal, to downtown Ottawa and headed to Mother Tucker's patio for lunch and some "sight seeing".

On a beautiful summer's day there is a lot of eye candy out there for the girls that's for sure and for the guys there is always the "whiplash factor".


We had a great time!!

Cheers!!!





















This past weekend was gorgeous too and there was no way I was going to waste the day. Another bike tour was in order so off we went again along the Ottawa River bike paths to downtown and beyond to Rockcliffe.

We cycled through the property at Rideau Hall , which I have to say was the very first time I had been there, it is stunning, then we headed over towards 24 Sussex Drive , the residence of the Prime Minister of Canada and carried on towards Orleans. We made it to a cut off where we could get back on the Rockcliffe bike trail along the river and headed east....

past the Ottawa Rowing Club and the New Edinburgh Boat Club then continued on.....we just didn't want to stop! When we finally checked our watches it was getting late and we knew that we had a long ride back.









What a fantastic way to spend the weekends....great riding, great friends, food and BEvERages!!

Thanks guys, great riding....

Life's fun if you don't weaken,

Lily

15 comments:

Marlene said...

Sounds like a wonderful way to enjoy the weekend.

Wendy said...

Weekends well spent!

Mel-2nd Chances said...

Sounds like a perfect weekend to me!

EndorphinBuzz said...

Too bad I missed you at the Canadian. The weekends have been fabulous so far in September.

Wes said...

everything is better with BEvERages! :-)

Jess said...

Nice job on the bike! And those are some great pics; you always look so smiley!

Lisa Slow-n-Steady said...

beautiful weekend! :-)

Melanie Tait (Mel Tries to Run) said...

Great pics! Makes me want to travel to Canada so much!

bluecolnago said...

the boat in the locks is gorgeous!

sounds like a fun filled weekend.

:)

Bluenoser said...

I hate boats.

;-)

-B

Groover said...

A perfect weekend by the sound of it!

D10 said...

Looks and sounds like you had a great time. The pictures are so fun.

ShirleyPerly said...

What a wonderful weekend of riding. I was amazed to hear that Canadian Tri had so many different events (clicked on a link from Wendy's blog). Something for everyone -- I love it!

Judi said...

good times, that's what its all about!

joyRuN said...

Beautiful pics - I'd definitely enjoy a bike ride through such gorgeous scenery :)