We awoke to temperatures just below freezing, with snow flurries – forecast to turn to rain later. So Sue and I decided on a morning ski from Gamelin, near the centre of Ottawa. There are no cabins in this section of the park, so it lends itself to a quick half day outing. Very few pictures were taken as snow fell during the entire two and a half hours that we were out, but the skiing conditions were superb for Sue’s birthday outing.
She says thanks for all the good wishes btw, and is pictured above enjoying herself on trail 15. That one can be quite exciting in icy conditions, but in today’s fresh snow it was easy and gentle.
This year we are noticing winter cycling routes being marked for the first time. The fat tyred bikes, of which we have seen none, seem to be sharing the snowshoers’ trails. I don’t know what the snowshoers think of that, but I do think the idea is a good one and I’m sure we’ll be seeing more of these brave cyclists with their super fat tyred machines in the future.
Our route took us nicely on a tour of the eastern end of Gatineau Park, as follows:
Gamelin (P3) > Gatineau Parkway > #5 > #15 > Lac Pink > Gatineau Parkway > #26 > #5 > Gatineau Parkway > Gamelin – 17km with about 300 metres ascent, taking rather less than two and a half hours.
The route ends soon after the parkway crosses a bridge over a main road, from where there’s normally a good view of the centre of Ottawa. Here it is today, as Sue speeds across the bridge.
So today’s images aren’t exactly stunning. Unlike Alison’s recent ‘roadside’ shot taken on the west coast of Scotland. I’m sure she won’t mind me inserting it here, together with her commentary:
I posted this photo to "Scotland from the Roadside" yesterday and it got lots of likes, shares and comments. The admin for the group asked if it could be used as the group's banner picture! I'm thrilled to bits.
Well done Alison, that’s a great picture.