Travelled down Albion Road with the intention of turning east towards the NCC Greenbelt Pathway, but I missed my turn, and only realized my mistake as I approached the Rideau Carleton Raceway. I highly recommend against biking along Albion Road. There are no paved shoulders and folks seem to take pleasure in driving very fast down this straightaway.
That said, my mistake was serendipitous as I happened upon a very old and intimate grave site just before the Raceway that I doubt I would have noticed flying by in a car.
The few tombstones date back to the mid 1800’s. This inscription suggested a very sad story, that of a 19 year old mother, her 11 week old daughter and her infant son.
If you forget to bring your water bottle (ARGHH!) you can pop into the Raceway to buy a drink from a Coke machine but expect strange looks and questions from the helpful security guards in attendance.
I have previously been to the Raceway to research a play involving a character addicted to horse betting. A visit to the Rideau Carleton Raceway is a fun outing – choosing your horses while trying to decipher how track gambling works, and the thrill of cheering them on as they trot around the track. Observing the regulars is pretty interesting as well. They tend to wear grey and remain very stoic regardless of which team wins.
I turned off Albion and headed West along Rideau Road, which is equally shoulderless, so I was pleased as punch to happen upon the Osgoode Trail. Never even knew it existed. It was officially opened in 2011.