Thursday, September 17, 2015
I took another trip downtown. This time it was going to be to the Canadian Museum of Nature, and a few other points of interest to see. It would be a funny story if I rode in these, but alas, just a few extra pictures from the war museum.
I ended up getting a flat tire in The Glebe area of Ottawa. I was just in front of the football field area were the CFL’s Redblacks play. The good news was that I was only 400m or less from a bike shop. The bad news was it was 9:20 and it didn’t open until 10:00. Oh well. I locked the bike in front of the store and walked the remaining mile or mile and a half to the museum. I would retrieve my bike later.
The museum was great. They had a special exhibit titled “Animal Inside Out”. It included all kinds of animals that had been organized in such a way to see all the different systems of them. 40 metres of caribou intestines, 50 cm of giraffe tongue, 190 bones of cheetah, all kinds of brains and lungs - everything. It was interesting. 6 or 7 years ago I was at the Body Works exhibit, so it was a bit similar.... But the Body Works was much better.
Had a lunch scoff at Eddy’s or maybe it was Fast Eddy’s in the Glebe area. It was quite good. Then back to The Cyclery for a $6 repair job. I was in and out in less then 5 minutes to fix a flat. Excellent service.
With a fresh tube, I rode off north and cross into Quebec. I rode a trail that ran parallel to the Ottawa River. It is pretty neat because it offers really neat views of the backside of the Parliament Building, Supreme Court, and I suppose you can see the U.S. Embassy too. It was a spectacular, but very short bike ride.
To add on mileage for the day I biked over to the Rideau Hall area on Sussex Drive. It is a huge grounds. It must be over 15 acres. It has hundreds of trees, obviously, but each tree, or most of them were planted by foreign dignitaries. So I saw the tree that John F. Kennedy planted back in the 60s, and a recent tree planted by Nelson Mandela. It was worth the ride over.
Another really neat area is a spot dedicated to the Women's Movement in the late 1930's spearheaded by 5 influential Canadian Women - one being Nellie McClung. The pioneered the fight that a women be recognized as a person in Canada, thus could be afforded many more rights and opportunities. It is hard to believe that this movement isn't even 100 years old yet - women being recognized as a "person".
Another stop took me to the Canadian War Memorial. I just so happen to be there when the had a changing-of-the-guards. It wasn’t very flamboyant, but it did involve a bag piper, some marching, some yelling of orders, a bit of rifle rearranging. The monument is quite impressive. It was a hot day at 30 degree centigrade, so those soldiers must have baked a bit being in the sun so directly.
Scott has a salt water pool at his place. Since it is still quite warm, the pool has been a refreshing awakening after these past few days of exploration around the city. It is nice that he keeps it at a very reasonable temperature too.
And on Thursday I drove home - quickly. I hit the road before 7:30 am with an eager appetite for pavement. I got some gas outside of Kingston, filled up again in Bowmanville, and viola I was home. The reset odometre indicated 670km, and it was 2:15 when I pulled into the driveway. I really used the 6th gear on the 401. Despite heavy traffic, the outcome also was 3 digits on the speedometre until I rolled past New Hamburg. Then, I safely cruised it home.
With quick calculations, I suppose I drove 1325 km, on 70 litres of gas, spending about $84 bucks. It makes sense I suppose. I never bought gas for more then $1.16. I spent about 80 bucks in museums, tours, guides and such, $6 on a new tire for the pedal bike, $120 on food, $20 on trinkets? But all this is possible because of time.
TIME is the greatest commodity to have which makes this all possible. So I am super glad I have the time. I am sooooo happy that I have a spouse who lets me use time in this manner. I have a job that offers employees to bank money in exchange for time.... I didn't run in Ottawa, but had lots of mileage on the bike. So far it has been a fun, and safe start to the year off.
Posted by DRM Exploits at 10:52 PM