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When we cycled along the Ottawa River pathway last Saturday, I noticed clusters large flying insects at certain points along the path between the rock sculptures and Parkdale.

Then, walking at lunch on Tuesday I noticed a bigger cluster on the Portage Bridge. Read the rest of this entry »


 A one-line blurb on said that Hintonburg would have a pilot project for roundabouts between Holland Parkdale. Well, I thought to myself, Hintonburg already has one, at the intersection of Burnside, Slidell and Bayview avenues, so what’s up with this pilot project. Read the rest of this entry »

I haven’t written a post about my commute to work in a while. I suppose it’s been rather uneventful. That changed this morning.

Yesterday was like October, and today was like September. Dark clouds greeted me this morning, so I checked the radar to see if the rain was finished. Read the rest of this entry »

Thanks to BOB FM, Movies on the Beach are back in 2012! Last Friday was Kanata (not a beach, but that’s what you get in the burbs I guess). Next up is Westboro Beach on July 6.

Unlike previous years, where they got you to vote for the movie, this year, it’s going to be ….

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II

Hopefully it won’t storm like it did last year.

The bicycle is the most efficient machine ever created:  Converting calories into gas, a bicycle gets the equivalent of three thousand miles per gallon. 

Bill Strickland (The Quotable Cyclist) 

Today at work, I was discussing the virtues of cycling as a commuting option. I’ve already guilted one work friend to cycle every day, and was looking to convert more colleagues.

I discovered some colleagues live in one of the neighbourhoods that I blog about. In fact, they are closer to work than I am. So why aren’t they cycling?

It’s too far … I sweat too much … It’s going to rain today … I’d have to buy pannier bags and they’re expensive.

This post is about convincing them, and anyone else within 5 km of work, to cycle there for at least four months of the year.

Typically, I cycle from the time the snow has melted and the streets are swept, until the snow is back on the ground. And that’s not the first forecast of flurries. The only thing that will stop me is a thunderstorm in the morning or a weather warning. Read the rest of this entry »

NosyNeighbour had business in Halifax two Fridays ago, and we decided to turn it into a test for traveling with our folding Dahon bikes. We only had a few days to figure out where we would cycle, book a B&B, get me on the same flight and book a hotel in Halifax.

We flew Porter direct from Ottawa to Halifax. It’s such a pleasant surprise after the crappy service with Air Canada. The flight attendants remind me of Pan Am (the TV show, not the airline … I wasn’t around back then!). The only thing they’re missing is the the white gloves. You do have to get over “skychecking” your wheeled carry ons, but most Air Canada short hauls have this as well. And, I suppose if you’re really tall, mind your head when standing up inside the plane. Read the rest of this entry »

I like weekends that are so busy and fun that I don’t have time to blog. Except now that it’s time to blog, I find myself having a hard time remembering what I was thinking about when I said “I should blog about that!”

On Saturday, NosyNeighbour and I strolled over to Westfest during the day. The crowds were lighter than I had anticipated with the great weather. But maybe people were busy up at their cottages or cooling off in their backyard pools. After all, Westboro is an affluent neighbourhood. Read the rest of this entry »

Since my old clunker bike is out of commission, I’ve been taking my folding bike to work. I love my little Dahon. And the looks I get from spandex-clad guys as I pass them are priceless. Especially when I’m wearing my work clothes. Read the rest of this entry »


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