Monday I had to bike to Ikea. Strong westerly winds made me hesitate. The challenge was to find a route that avoided traffic AND Aeolus. Success! The blue line shows how I got there, red is how I got back. The short pink lines are where I could have gone to avoid the wind just a little bit more.
First, head towards the Experimental Farm Pathway via Dow’s Lake. Avoid the open fields by biking along the National Capital Commission Scenic Driveway with tall trees on either side.
This takes you to a path through what’s popularly known at as the Enchanted Forest that runs along Fisher. The only wind there is caused by the flutter of fairy wings.
Beyond Fisher the pathway continues along the edge of the farm. A less windy option would be to follow Kingston Avenue that heads the same way, as shown in pink.
Between Merivale and Maitland the path snakes through a wooded area. All good.
Now the most exposed area along this path comes next – the stretch between Maitland and Woodroffe. On a blustery day I suggest biking along the residential streets hi-lited in pink past this area. But you’d miss this type of view along the pathway.
Beyond Woodroffe, the path follows a little valley along a stream.
Then ride down Iris Street, which is protected from the wind by houses and trees on either side. That gets you to Ikea.
To get home, after checking out Firestone Lane….
…I re-joined the bike path where it crosses Iris and headed over to the Ottawa River. Now the wind became my best friend! I sailed home. After dark, the oncoming headlights along the driveway are really bright, especially on a moonless night such as it was, but if you don’t let them bother you they make for an interesting contrast between the rush of the river flowing by on the left, while glaring lights rush by the opposite way on your right.