|We don't have many pictures from today, |
so here's our 9:30am lunch.
Let's start at the end , where late tonight, we get visitors from back home - Lindsay and Jason - with a special delivery. It was great to see some familiar faces - but what prompted the drive to Ottawa?
|The deal is, if Grayson ever cycles across|
Canada, we'll buy him a pitcher and nachos.
We finished the day in Ottawa, which is special for a few reasons. Again, we were blown away with the hospitality: first, with Kyle's cousin Lisa and her family, who took us in and pampered us with food, care, and beds. Second, we got a chance to visit our good friend Grayson, finally, because he's been living in Ottawa for almost a year. He took us out for drinks and to show us a bit of the city. Also, it is Tyler's first time in the city, which is surprising given the circumstances.
|McDonald's in Stittsville, ON. |
But getting back to Lindsay. Great day, but it was largely shaped by one simple factor: no BlackBerry today. Strange circumstances - the alarm went off this morning, but then before we could send out yesterday's blog, it quit. And I'm not talking about the battery - I have three - the device just failed. It wasn't so bad, because the day was again mostly Highway 7, but it is also our principal camera. We decided to roll on, and figure it out later. We inform our home crew about the situation, and Lindsay works this Twitter magic:
@BikeForBricks we can and want to help! What a seriously #BoldMove you guys are making! Follow & DM us ASAP 4 more. ^MSWOW! So RIM donates $500 to the Heartwood Place to get us back up and mapping. Crazy! But we're still on the ground, pedaling, with only verbal directions. Which brings us to our final anecdote, which is the namesake of this blog.
— Research In Motion (@BlackBerry) June 20, 2012
As we're heading up Highway 7 towards Ottawa, our instructions are to follow 7 until the Hazeldean exit. Simple, except that 16km before that exit, Hwy 7 becomes a closed-access, divided expressway. What! But as a cyclist, you don't actually realize that until it's too late. So we're just in the shoulder of major highway. We want to exit, but it is just so gorgeous - wide, paved lane, no stops, no close traffic at all - and also, we would be completely lost if we do. So Kyle convinces us to stay on the 7, which is exhilarating - we're doing an easy 35-40km/hr. But all we can think about is "gotta get off...gotta get off...Hazeldean." And then we see it:
|A google streetview caputre of the sign. Couldn't pull out|
the cell phone camera there, for obvious reasons.
On a related note: my new PIN is 29B76242.
In case you missed it, click here to see yesterday's post.