Left Toronto yesterday morning. The 401 was really busy, and when I met up with Rodney, we decided to take the 407 Toll road. At the end of it, we chose to continue East on Hwy 7, which is a two lane highway to Ottawa.
Good choice. In the middle of the week, traffic was very light, no passing hassles at all. The bike is ideal for this kind of road. I had been on 7 many times, but the trees were just turning color, and it was as if it was my first time on it.
Then we hit Ottawa rush hour traffic. Civil servants were heading across the bridges to Quebec, driving with viciousness. Rod and I were heading to his brother's in nearby Buckingham. The clutch hand did not cramp, but came close to it. Th GPS would have taken me there, but Rod led. Our hosts provided beer and we were driven to a sister's home for steak dinner and wine. I contributed a South African Nederburg, one of my favorites, which pleased the wine conessieur brother-in-law.
This morning, we went for a great ride through the Quebec hills and twisties to have breakfast with and additional three of his sisters. He has eight siblings, you see.
Then the best trip via Renfrew to Bancroft. Marvellous scenery. Winding roads, hills and valleys, colored leaves.
More of the same tomorrow. Will try to take some photos, but it can be tricky to find a safe spot to stop. We'll see what we can do.