My friends Ricky and Margret fed me a great breakfast and provided homemade peanut butter and marmalade wraps for the ride.
It had rained in the night but had cleared and I even had a tail wind. I mostly rode the trails out of Ottawa (along with all the kids going to school).
I took: Trans Canada Trail to Carleton Place; Ottawa Valley Trail to Franktown; Perth Road and Drummond Concession to Perth; Christie Lake Rd, Glen Tay, and Hwy 7 to Trans Canada Trail; and TCT to Sharbot Lake. TCT between Perth and Sharbot Lake is rough as it seems to be made of large train track bed rock.
After riding 114km I arrived in Sharbot Lake about 2:45pm. I considered riding further, but decided to take it easy on my shoulder as the next logical non stealth camping place was Tweed at 190k.
I decided to stay at the Rock Hill B&B, the same place as day 6. The owner, Greg, greeted me with local craft beer, homemade chilli and muffins. When I had my shower the “waterproof” physio tale came off. Greg applied new physio tape that I had with me. I highly recommend staying at the Rock Hill B&B.
Greg and I talked about his and others efforts to create more cycling and bikepacking tourism. There are some wealthy business people that are helping build and improve the cycling infrastructure and tourist attractions. This includes extending and improving the rail trails, developing fat bike winter trails, and having one of the Restaurant Makeover chefs coming to live and create a top line restaurant.
Tomorrow’s goal is a “Glamping Experience” Airbnb near Bewdley in the Ganaraska Forest. About 173k. So early to bed for an early start.
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