The Carp Loop

The Carp Loop

Cyclists in Ottawa are so privileged to have hundreds of kilometres of bike paths and access to beautiful roads for cycling. Ottawa is a cyclist’s Mecca.

One of my favourite rides is the Carp Loop that includes the famous Thomas A Dolan Parkway road. A road known to local cyclists and the elite racers as a raceway with full on attacks that whittle away the size of the peloton. Only the strong who know how to suffer, put out huge power numbers, or those who can stay on a wheel by the skin of their teeth make it up and over the crest before the fast descent and left turn into Carp. Some riders keep hammering back into the core of Ottawa while others stop for a well deserved break at Alice’s Cafe on the Main Street in Carp.

Here is a view of a gorgeous red barn that accentuates the farm landscape as one pedals west on the Carp Road.

Here is a typical loop from the core of Ottawa to Carp and back.

If you come to Ottawa and want some pointers on great routes to ride let me know!

Fun with the new Gravel Bike – Norco Search XR Carbon

I recently sold two bikes. First I sold my Opus Stelle cyclocross bike and then I sold my Giant Rainier mountain bike. I also sold my Garmin Vector 2 Pedals. All these funds helped offset the purchase of a new Norco Search XR Carbon Force 1 gravel and bikepacking bike. The bike has 650B tires with 2.1″ width. They are a lot of fun. I bought the bike at Full Cycle at their new shop in Hintonburg at 7 Hamilton Ave. North in Ottawa. Many friends that I’ve known for over 25 and some over 30 years own the shop so I felt a deep sense of loyalty toward them. Their service is great and the Norco is fantastic!

This morning I added some trail and off-road hill repeats to my ride. Here are two videos I captured during my ride.

First Climb Up Carlington Ski Hill
Carlington Area Trails

Here is the ride map I did this morning on Strava.

Strava Ride

Here is the zoomed in section of Carlington Park.

Carlington Park and Trails

Notre Dame Organ

I captured this recording of the organ playing in the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris in March 2018.

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It was so sad to see this wonderful world heritage site in flames today.

Here is a photo I captured a few minutes before we walked into the Cathedral to enjoy the remarkable and austere interior.

Grade 1 School Rebel

I rode past my old grade 1 school this morning. I was only at this school for a few weeks. Despite being 6 years old I was strong willed and didn’t want to attend this school. I wanted to attend the French school closer to home where my sister was.

I hid under these steps to avoid being called into school when the bell rang. And after all the kids were inside I walked along the highway (about 4.5 km) back to my neighbourhood and played in my backyard or friends’ backyards until school was as out.

Well… that didn’t last long until my mother met with the school boards and eventually I got my way and was accepted into the French school to be closer to my sister. @ Aylmer, Quebec

A ’Family’ar’ Language of Lujz (Love)

“I see Jween, I see Jween!” Excitedly said my older daughter from the backseat of our car one afternoon when my wife picked me up after work. My older daughter was three at the time. My wife cracked up as normally my daughter called me “daddy” but she knew my wife called me “Gene”. She wanted to be like “mommy” and say that she saw me standing at the side of the road.

I still say “I lujz you” to my girls when I wish them good night or before I leave for work. My older daughter couldn’t say “love” for the longest time. Instead she said “lujz” where the “jz” sounds a J in French when you say “Je”.

Now that my girls are older and articulate words without the cute the pronunciation errors, I still hold on to the words, only words we as a family know and cling to. I so loved the toddler age, watching them develop, explore, refine their language skills, and enjoy their silliness.

One of my daughter’s used to say “hebbo” instead of “hello”.

Here are a few other words:

– Shwicken is chicken

– Chwweese is cheese

– Tuck is stuck

– Quid is kid

– Dwy is dry

My younger daughter used to say “May I please be a scuse” at the end of dinner.

If you ever hear me say “hebbo” to you… then you can assume you may be getting pretty close to us.

It is just our family’s language of ‘lujz’ (love).

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Basement Dwelling…

Winter brings crisp, cold air to the Ottawa Valley. It is an opportunity to dwell in the basement or thrive on the ski trails.

Today I chose to dwell in the basement with the company of my Cervélo, my Tacx trainer, and FulGaz.

With Christmas behind us it is now time to get fit again.

Gatineau Gold

Be careful funny looking man spotted going for a run on the trails of the Gatineau Park! If you see this guy stay away! He hasn’t showered today! 😂🏃🏻

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