Rockcliffe Park

Another day working in my spare room = hardly any steps logged on my smartwatch. I closed up my laptop for the day, switched off the fan and hopped on my bike for a little pre-supper pedal eastward to Rockcliffe.

My route to Rockcliffe started in much the same way as my route to Main: Across the farm to the Prince of Wales Drive roundabout, then north down the hill to the Trillium Pathway and through Little Italy and Chinatown before turning onto the bike path on Laurier Avenue.

I continued along Laurier, passed the University of Ottawa (still there, still a ghost-town), then cycled through Sandy Hill on Wilbrod Street and Chapel Street before crossing Rideau Street into Lowertown.

I crossed the St. Patrick Street bridge and rode the bike lane into Beechwood. Then it was a quick left turn onto Springfield Road to climb the hill toward Rockcliffe Park.

You’d think I’d have an innate sense of “library nearby” radar by now, but I nearly cycled past the library without noticing it. It is co-located with the community hall and didn’t have the usual signage out front. I spent a quiet moment in the garden outside admiring the artwork, then hopped back on the bike to take a slightly different route home.

From Beechwood Avenue, I turned south onto the Rideau River Eastern Pathway and cycled along the river before taking the Adàwe Crossing back to Sandy Hill.

I cycled through Sandy Hill (more like Sandy Hills, am I right?), then followed the bike path from uOttawa under the O-Train station to the canal.

I continued along the canal past Dow’s Lake, then crossed over at Carleton University and headed home through the farm.

10 branches down, 23 to go.