Alymer Bike Ride

Boy did we pick the right day to cycle out to Alymer yesterday!  Nice and sunny with very little wind.  Today, we’ve had rain and thunderstorms coming and going for most of the day.  We parked our SUV at  Alta Vista Shopping Centre and popped into Rebec & Kroes Cycle & Sport for a few bike related items before setting off along the bike path towards Sussex Drive and across the Ottawa river into Gatineau and along the river out to Alymer.  The bike path was a little busier because of the weekend but we moved along without too many problems.  We did a little sightseeing around the yacht club in Alymer.  Quite a few renovations happening there.  Then it was up the hill on Rue Prinicipale for a morning coffee and a little breakfast at Tim Horton’s.  I grabbed this shot of the old Symmes Inn at the base of the hill near the yacht club.    
Old Symmes Inn Alymer, Quebec
Built in 1831, and overlooking the splendid Ottawa River, the Inn was built by Charles Symmes as a stopover on the stage and steamer route up the Ottawa River Valley. Built entirely of cut stone, the Inn was made famous by artist William Henry Bartlett, who included an engraving of the building in his book, Canadian Scenery Illustrated (1842). Symmes, a nephew of Hull pioneer Philemon Wright, did extremely well for himself, becoming one of the wealthiest men in town. Today, his Inn is home to the local museum. 
Peace Tower and Library from Ottawa Bike Path
Peace Tower & Library from Ottawa Bike Path

The ride back was a lot of fun and the hill up from the Ottawa River along the Rideau Canal past the Bytown Museum made for a nice challenge, what with the weekend pedestrian traffic on the path. After that, we picked our way through the University of Ottawa over to Alta Vista Drive and back to our vehicle.
Rideau Street in the rain

Sunday, we decided to take a run into Rideau Center. Pretty miserable driving in the rain but we got in and out without any major problems. We tried to take Edwards St from the south to get us near the parkade but much of Edwards is torn up south of Rideau St so that didn’t work. But after an unscheduled tour of Byward Market in our Vue we soon found our back across Rideau St and into the parkade. I grabbed this last shot of Rideau St traffic in the rain with my iPhone from the ped walk. Oh yeah, for the record…..no iPhone 4s available anywhere in Rideau Centre. Chris wants one!