Busy summer weekend odds and ends

I had a very busy weekend of work/play events in which it was a delight to include Natalie! I spent Saturday morning scooting around our neighbourhood saying hi to people participating in a community yard sale for which I’m one of the organizers, after which Nat and I biked downtown where I joined many of the diplomatic corps to proclaim World Bicycle Day. That was followed by a lovely ride from downtown Ottawa about 10k to Vincent Massey park in the south end. 

On Sunday she and I visited a touch-a-truck event held by the City in which they bring out a bunch of the equipment used in various operations. I love chatting at that event with City staff who relish the chance to talk about their jobs with some obvious pride. We took the long way there via the bridges and dropped in to NU grocery and Happy Goat on Main on the way home before returning via the Canal and Sherwood. 

I capped the weekend off with some late-night, no-traffic scooting down the main street to capture some footage of a heritage-designated building being moved ahead of excavation at a site nearby. It was amazing to watch. I’ve posted that footage below.

The whole thing was book-ended with some delightful summer commuting. Friday morning a local “bike bus” of students who have been cycling each day to school invited me by to say hi so my route was a little out-of-the-usual, and this morning’s blue-sky commute was a great way to wake up after staying up till three to capture the building move.

So far in June, then, I’ve posted 53 km as part of Let’s Bike Ottawa’s regular June event. I’m a member of one of our workplace teams with a couple of ringers who boost the totals with long suburban rides most days. I’m glad to contribute the kilometers I can, but living just 5k from the office it takes me a while to make much of a contribution! There’s more about Let’s Bike Month here.