Adventure – Spring Ride on the National

The first spring ride of the season is always something special. I took the MEC National out for a spin – a 50km spin actually! It took me all over central Ottawa – there’s no better way to spend an afternoon in the sun.

Spring Ride on the National
What: A 50km bike ride in Ottawa
When: 2017-04-14

A Spring Ride

I’ll let the video do most of the work, but I do want to let everyone know that this was my first attempt at putting together a video before. I had never used a GoPro before, and I had never taken any video footage on bike before, so it was a bit of a learning experience. Hopefully the next time I will be able to shoot a few more informative shots and get the audio sorted out.

This was the first decent day of the year for a longer ride!

It was a great ride – hopefully I’ll have an article up on my MEC National soon enough – it’s a bike I’ve really enjoyed quite a lot.

The Details

Here’s a map of the route I took and some of the basic stats. This route is a pleasure to ride – only a short section on actual road, and the rest on multi-use pathways (MUP’s). Hardly any change in elevation as well – just one big hill outside of Vincent Massey Park on the way through Hogs Back Park.

I started off in Sandy Hill, went across Adawe Crossing and south on the Rideau River. This took me to Vincent Massey Park where part of the pathway was flooded, and through that to Hogs Back Park. I took the MUP north along the Rideau Canal, and then west on the Ottawa River. I took a little tour around the Ikea in Nepean, back to the Ottawa River going East, and then North over the Champlain Bridge into Gatineau. In Gatineau I took the MUP along the river, past the Museum of History, and back across to Ottawa down the Rideau Canal back to Adawe Crossing!

Spring Ride Map - 50km
Spring Ride Statistics

Adams Take

I’m so glad that the spring season has started. As much as I love winter biking – nothing beats a clear sunny day and some fast road tires.