[ This is part two of a two part trip to Cumberland and Orléans branches. ]
After my poutine lunch, I was glad to get moving to Orléans branch. From Tenth Line Road, I rode along Des Épinettes Avenue, then made a left turn onto Jeanne-d’Arc Boulevard. Once on Orléans Boulevard, the library appeared quickly.
This branch has a funky 90s styling, complete with teal and burgundy accents and a geometric Chasse-galerie canoe sculpture. My best fact about the branch is that the Friends of the Ottawa Public Library have a self-serve book sale area called, get this, Encore. Easily one of my top three FOPLA second-hand bookshop names. (Other personal favourites are: Well Read at Carlingwood and Déjà Vu at North Gloucester).
After taking a few moments to look around, I headed for Innes Road to continue my ride home. While the scenic route along the Sir George-Étienne Cartier Parkway was a lovely way to get to Orléans, the time window was quickly closing and I chose a more direct route back. That route (mistakingly) involved taking the yucky Blackburn Hamlet Bypass instead of continuing along Innes through the hamlet itself. Lesson learned!
From Innes Road, I turned onto Cyrville Road, then onto Coventry, then across the Belfast Road Bridge to Tremblay Road near the Via Rail station. I then followed the bike path network toward Lees campus.
From Lees, I followed the bike path network to Greystone Village and the Saint Paul University campus. I then turned onto Main Street, then Clegg Avenue, and cycled home along the Rideau Canal Eastern Pathway.
I crossed the canal at Carleton, and continued home through the farm.
Seventeen branches down, 16 to go. (Over halfway!)