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    Westport

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    August 14, 2021. This is a view of Upper Rideau Lake from westport, a small community on the road between Kingston and Ottawa. We spent a full day driving to Kingston and back to retrieve my bicycle, because Via Rail hates bicycles, and stopped at Westport for ice cream.. https://flic.kr/p/2mhgvuu
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    Hydrogen Peroxide

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    August 13, 2021. The view from my train window felt like the antithesis of my previous week. It basically took all day to travel from Kingston back to Casselman by train. Kingston isn’t that far from Ottawa, but viewed differently, it’s quite far. https://flic.kr/p/2mh6gYr
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    Work From Home?

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    August 12, 2021. This spot, about 15 km out of Kingston, is where I sat down for half an hour and had a videoconference with a colleague in England. It was my last day on the trail for now, with the ride ending after 40 km at a hotel near…
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    Beavers

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    August 10, 2021. My camp site was supposed to be beside a beaver pond. I found the Beavers, but the camp was itself inaccessible. So I found a spot by the trail across from the pond and the Beavers and I spent a pleasant evening together, joined later by ducks…
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    Newboro

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    August 10, 2012. This was the scene from my motel room in Newboro. But my trip is being cut short… I lost the recharging cable for my CPAP battery. So I’ll take a couple days getting into Kingston and then take the train home. Heat was brutal again today, even…
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    Supper

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    August 8, 2021. This is my supper for today, purchased at the Kemptville farmer’s market, which I found by accident after making a detour to get a new sleeping pad. As a result, today was a 71 km day (on a fully loaded gravel bike). Rain and thunder last night.…
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    Supper

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    August 8, 2021. This was the view as I ate supper for today, purchased at the Kemptville farmer’s market, which I found by accident after making a detour to get a new sleeping pad. As a result, today was a 71 km day (on a fully loaded gravel bike). Rain…
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    Started

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    August 7, 2021. I left today on my bike packing challenge. This is my bike fully loaded 10km in (1 percent complete!). I’m at a campground near Manotick, forgot a few things, but am otherwise off to a good start https://flic.kr/p/2mfUxEf
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    Cat and AirMini

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    August 4, 2021. I have a long bikepacking trip planned and the AirMini is an essential part of the planning, as I need a CPAP at night. So a few weeks ago I ordered an AirMini and a couple of batteries. This morning it still hadn’t arrived and looked like…
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    Overflowing

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    August 3, 2021. Costco day today. The large new @Costco on Olgilvie Road has 750 parking spots but nowhere near that number of spaces for shopping carts. Combine that with understaffing and you get random traffic barriers making parking lot navigation, well, a challenge. https://flic.kr/p/2mftFnp
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    Dundela

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    August 2, 2021. This McIntosh apple tree might not be the very first one, but it’s a direct descendant, being only a few feet from where the original McIntosh apple tree stood in Dundela, Ontario. The apple will be bright red and green by the fall. I stopped here on…
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    South March Highlands

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    August 1, 2021. We went for an 8 km hike in the South March Highlands forest today. It’s pretty rocky with a lot of up and down on the trail but it’s also wet and swampy in places, and after the rain there were puddles and fungi galore. But it…
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    Back from Mont Tremblant

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    July 31, 2021. This is one last look from Mont Tremblant, where we had a very pleasant stay even if there was no Blues Fest. Today I did nothing but relax and edit some photos (of which this is one) and create OLDaily posts & catch up on email. https://flic.kr/p/2mf8fp2
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    Saint-Rémi-d’Amherst

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    July 30, 2021. It was back home from Tremblant today. This is the view from the Casse-Croute du Lac Remi (ie., a chip wagon). I have a lot of photos to look through, a Blue Jays home opener to watch, and planning to do for my next adventure. https://flic.kr/p/2medyoZ
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    Rain Day

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    July 29, 2021. It was a cool and rainy day at Tremblant but that didn’t slow us down as we walked the 360 trail at the summit; this is a view from that walk. We also went to the bike shop in town and some shops near the hotel. https://flic.kr/p/2meaq1W
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    Lac Nominingue

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    July 27, 2021. Today was a 122 km ride from Mont Tremblant to Lac Nominingue and back. Cool and cloudy for the most part; I cycled pretty fast (for me) at 19.9 kph or the distance, leaving me pretty tired at the end. But rightly so; it’s the second-longest ride…
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    Mont Tremblant

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    July 2, 2021. We spent the day packing and driving up to Mont Tremblant today to enjoy a few days of well-earned vacation in the Laurentian Mountains. This is a detail from the splash pad near our room. We’re in a different building today, Sommit de Neiges, and the room…
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    Marlborough Forest

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    July 25, 2021. We went hiking in the Marlborough Forest today, which is at the very south-west corner of Ottawa city limits. Much fewer people than elsewhere, beautiful cedar and scrub forest, the walking trails rougher but still very walkable. The weather was warm and nearly perfect. https://flic.kr/p/2mdpF3T
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    Getting Closer

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    July 24, 2021. This is the gravel bike and tent (unstaked) test set-up. The bike is cleaned and oiled and the bags have been fitted into place and tested. The tend fits into the handlebar bag; I’ll be putting heavy stuff into the frame bag, clothes, food and bedding in…
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    Nation Rise

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    July 23, 2021. On the way back from Chesterville I took what turned out to be a dead-end road and found myself pushing my bicycle beside a bean field alongside the Nation River, which is where I took this photo. It’s called ‘Nation Rise’ because that’s the name of the…
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    A Forest of Goldenrod

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    July 22, 2021. This is what it looks like alongside the driveway in the front yard: a sea of flowering goldenrod. Yes, this is another plant considered a weed by many, but I would much rather have this splash of colour in my front yard than plain grass. Today was…
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    Saint-Pascal-Baylon

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    July 21, 2021. This is the church at Saint-Pascal-Baylon, a tiny community in Clarence-Rockland. It was the objective of my ride today, which was ultimately a 100 km trip north to the Ottawa River and back. I was testing some new gear – a bike saddle bag and a power…
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    Getting Ready

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    July 20, 2021. This is the gravel bike, stripped down and ready for cleaning (I was in the mud this spring). I’ll be riding this bike on a long road trip in a few weeks. We went in to Bushtakah to pick up some bikepacking supplies, including especially the bags…
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    Forest Floor

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    July 19, 2021. These are tiny tiny flowers found on a forest floor when I was out for my ride today (I used the macro lens to get the shot). I have no idea what they are, but I like them. 58 hard fought kilometers today in steamy summer weather…
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    Avonmore

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    July 17, 2021. It’s hollyhock season in Avonmore, where I stopped briefly on a leisurely 55 km ride today. The weather was low and damp, but we were only at the edge of the rain system and aside from a few drops I felt nothing at all. First day of…
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    Glengarry Sports Palace

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    July 15, 2021. This is Billy Gebbie Arena, part of the Glengarry Sports Palace, in Alexandria, where we drove today so Andrea could get her second vaccine. I took a short walk around (very short, as her process was very fast) and dropped my 300 lens on the sidewalk. The…
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    St. Albert Cheese Cooperative

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    July 14, 2021. This cheese cooperative is an historical operation making some of the finest cheeses in the world. It’s a regular stop on my bike rides. I took this photo to add to the public record via WikiShootMe but it proved utterly impossible to figure out how to add…

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