Posted on Monday, September 6, 2010
I got it in my head a couple of days ago that I should probably go for a good bike ride before the work week starts. Today was that day, and here’s what I did:
My plan was to go Orleans-Rockland-Sarsfield-Navan-Orleans. For the most part, I kept with the plan. Orleans to Rockland is 24km, so I was figuring on 50-53km return, after detouring to the south.
The Orleans-Rockland leg was magical. Glorious sunshine, rolling hills, and little traffic along Old Montreal Rd. Things changed dramatically once I got out into Prescott-Russell county and onto CR-17. At that point, it was less about the scenery and more about making sure my tire stayed on the white line. The shoulders for the 5km between Old Mtl Rd and Rockland proper are downright scary. Not recommended for the faint of heart!
24km on the nose to the corner of Laurier and St. Jean where I called and checked in at home, took in some water, and then onto the next leg.
I headed down St. Jean and discovered that hills and fixes really do suck. I need to go back to Google Earth and check the elevation gain, but at least it was a short blast.
A couple of turns and I’m on Colonial Rd, back in Ottawa’s city limits. I must admit that Prescott-Russell does a way better job of maintaining their roads. The ones I tackled were well groomed, reasonably free of gravel and only lightly trafficked.
My back started to ache so I took a minute on the west side of Sarsfield to stretch and have some more water before carrying on. At this point, I should mention that the wind was now blowing in my face at about 20km/h, keeping my flat/upward incline speed around 27km/h.
Another quick pause for water at 10th Line and Navan Rd and then onto the home stretch. And stretch I’ve been doing – my legs and calves are real tight right now. Not used to riding that far in one go. Anyways…
At first, the ride was about the scenery, but then turned into a fight to push through the wind. I have to admit there were large stretches where I was focused on pushing forward rather than checking around. I did see lots of corn fields and a couple of strawberry farms, but mostly just the shoulder lines. Maybe next time
Avg Speed: 27.75km/h
Max Speed: ~42.5km/h (when I’m spinning that fast, I prefer to keep my eyes on the road )
I’m going to go have a handful of Advil now. Thanks for reading