[ This is part two of a two-part ride to Hazeldean and Stittsville branches. ]

After spending the morning riding to Hazeldean with Barb and Kevin, I bid them adieu and continued down the rail trail toward Stittsville, or as my uncle likes to call it, St. Ittsville. It was a straight line into the centre of town, with the pathway running alongside Abbott Street as I rode in.

While this is mostly a bike and library blog, I can’t help but let you know that a driving force behind my impromptu trip to Stittsville was Quitters Coffee and the Redd’s Ice Cream trailer behind it.

After a very tasty lunch, I continued south on Stittsville Main Street to find the library.

After taking my requisite photos, I headed back to the trail, continuing along the pavement on Abbott Street before dipping back onto the Trans Canada Trail to ride back to Kanata.

I retraced my route back to Bells Corners, where I opted to come off the trail and take an alternate route home. I rode down Robertson Road, then turned into a residential neighbourhood to cross the 416 near Bell High School.

I’d intended to retrace the same route home as my ride to Centennial branch, winding around Bruce Pit before re-emerging in Nepean. But then I didn’t (let’s blame the GPS). I unintentionally did some off-roading best suited to a mountain bike but did eventually emerge in a workable spot.

When I emerged from the brush near Banner Road, I realized that I was close to Greenbank Road and could ride home past Sir Robert Borden High School, through Centrepointe and finally City View. I reached my front door just as sprinkles of rain started to fall, signalling the beginning of a summer rain shower.

Twenty branches down, 13 to go.