Canada tour - Day 7 - Ottawa to Toronto to home (by bus and plane)
Sunday Sept 11 was my only day without even a short bike ride.
It was a beautiful morning in Ottawa and we were able to
have fun seeing some of the sights without the need to focus on
the usual post-ride concerns, such as food and water.
Tom and Chickie--the real hammerheads. I got this shot at breakfast
on the last day. I barely saw these two on the road as they got out
early and knew their way around well enough to invent their own
routes (to avoid the off-road sections). On the last day, Tom
surprised me with a comment to the effect that he was short. The guy
has so much intensity that I hadn't noticed until he made that comment.
In our morning walk around Ottawa, we took in sights we'd
seen at a distance the night before, such the giant spider
in front of the art museum, a famous hotel where important
people stay while visiting Parliament
(and no, I don't recall the name of the famous hotel), and
Parliament itself. We also did some shopping for gifts to
Another Gung Ho team photo, with spider.
After I got home, I used the spider picture to make Gung Ho
team wallpaper (click to download or view):
This is the ornate interior of the church with the shiny steeples.
A sign inside said no photos, so I turned off my flash and took this
from outside the front door.
Parliament. There was a ceremony to honor fallen fire fighters.
This day was just a bit stressful as Pat, Nancy and I were the only
three who were planning to fly out that night, creating a bit of
time pressure on everyone else to get back to Toronto by 5 pm so
that we'd have time to pack our bikes (my Friday in it's suitcase,
the others in plastic bike boxes). Fortunately, the bus driver
had a similar agenda (he had another long run to do that day
after us) and made good time, leaving Ottawa at 11:30 and getting
into Toronto at 4:30 or so, with one quick lunch-to-go stop.
As it turned out, we needn't have hurried as our flight (we were
all on the same flight to Washington) was delayed over 2 hours.
In the midst of the multi-step baggage-check/security/customs
process I lost Pat and Nancy. I thought they were not-too-far
behind me, but their bike boxes were a source of headaches.
We eventually found each other and had dinner together (my
second--traveling is like that). Bt the time we boarded at
11 pm, we were punch drunk (at some point Pat and I laughed
ourselves silly at a rather lame joke) and I had pretty much
come to terms with my state of griminess. Seriously, one can
only re-wear the same clothes so many times--I felt like the
Pig Pen character in the Peanuts strip.
When I got home sometime past 1 am I was happy to be sleeping
in my own bed.
Canada Tour / Jonathan Krall / revised September 2005