10th day, Friday, Sept. 15:  Delta-Merrickville-Ottawa - Cycling “The Land Between” - CycleBlaze

10th day, Friday, Sept. 15:  Delta-Merrickville-Ottawa

My ride to Ottawa was a long-ish 120 kms or so, but I rode much of the distance on easy terrain close to the canal, supported by a tailwind. From Delta, I followed back roads to the crossroads hamlet of Toledo, and from there NE to the old stone village of Merrickville on the Rideau Canal. Along the roadside there are reminders of a once more lively rural economy. This 19th-century wooden house, now a fixer-upper, awaits your attention to recover some of its past grandeur:

Grand old wooden house at Chantry awaits your attention
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Happily, the ride into the city was quiet and uneventful. If only the roads were always like this:

Quiet Friday morning road near Toledo, 100 kms SW of Ottawa
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The temps just went higher and higher, however, reaching the low 30s on my last day on the road. The trend continued into early October, befuddling plants, animals, birds and humans – September became the summer we never had.  

A lovely time to spend ten days on the bike  :)

Today's ride: 120 km (75 miles)
Total: 917 km (569 miles)

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