|The Fortune Parkway climb shrouded in a mist. Quiet and green. My favourite climb in the Park. Visibility was lacking which to me made the climbs seem easier as you couldn't see to the top of them.|
Nary a car to be seen and very few cyclists Saturday morning. It felt like I had the place all to myself. It was one of my best rides of the season not because I produced high watts or climbed exceptionally fast, but rather it was an escape from the stressful & hectic past few weeks, it loosened the phlegmy gunk in my lungs & sinuses, it felt amazing to be outside on a windless, misty morning, all alone. With only a handful of rides this month I was surprised at how good I felt. More mental than physical.
Despite the North Loop of the park being closed for almost this entire cycling season, there is a glimmer of good news. Charles reported over on GuideGatineau that Saturday Short Loops begin this Saturday . . .
This means that beginning at 6am on Saturdays the section of Gatineau Parkway starting where the Champlain Parkway branches off (known as “Mica” to some) will be closed to cars until 11am. This section nominally extends to include the “north loop” (or “Doldrums”), ending at the foot of the Fortune Parkway (at Meech Lake Road). In the press release this second section was said to be closed to cars until 1pm. This of course is a vestige of the template text the NCC communications people are using year after year for this announcement since in actual fact the north loop is entirely closed to cars for the duration of the summer based on the culvert collapse near P8 (which also effectively cuts the “short loop” into two even shorter loops.
|Yellow route will be shut down to motor vehicle traffic on Saturdays from 6am-11am to Saturday, September 24. (*photo poached from GatineauGuide without permission - yikes! Hope that's okay Charles!)|
|Quebecois style cobble stone on Meech Lake Road.|
It's presently raining (Sunday morning). I think it's rained everyday in May. Thankfully it's muggy and warm outside - which means I'll be back on the bike again, on the road, this afternoon searching for my pre-season fitness and legs that I had begun to develop back in April. If you find them first please let me know.