Meeting the Ottawa River

A good day overall, though a hot one, nearing 37 with humidity. Tomorrow is supposed to be the same so we're planning an early rise. Yesterday we took a rest day at the VanderMarel cottage just east of North Bay. Joel has told me a lot about this place, and it was great to see it in person, and get to spend a down day there. We mostly tuned bikes, ate, and stretched, but I also got a swim in and a great call with Emily while I lay in the shade on the dock. It's great to take a day to break up the routine. It was our first since Winnipeg, and around 1800km. Speaking of routine, one theme that keeps popping into my head, and has come up in a few conversations is how there's both too much and too little routine. Every day is too much the same, and every day is too different. The same: - wake up in a tent - put in a cycling kit - pack up sleeping bag and anything in the tent - try to remember which town I'm in - get out and start eating breakfast while packing the bike - ride all day, as long as one would normally spend at work - stuff my face as much as possible on the bike - stop riding at a campground - shower, set up tent, make dinner, eat dinner, dishes, laundry, phone calls, blog posts, bike maintenance, hydrate, hang food, etc etc - attempt to finish all this and get in the tent before the sun is down or the mosquito cloud will devour you. Different: nothing is static, every day it's new town and a new grocery store to navigate and a new set of insects to deal with and no stability. So it's a strange duality of routine and chaos. The rest days help mellow out both.

Ride Stats

Distance127.6 km
Elevation Gain1102 m
Start Time 9:36 am
Riding Time 5 hours, 45 minutes
Total Time 8 hours, 35 minutes
Average Speed22.1 km/h
Top Speed62.3 km/h
Average Temperature28.0 °C
Average Power12.5 W
Energy Burned290.2 Calories
Average Cadence50.6 rpm
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