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K&P Trail - May 21, 2019

To fleece or not to fleece? This is the time of year where I'm not really sure what to wear "on the trail." The past few weeks have been a bit cooler, so I've been comfortable wearing two t-shirts and a fleece with long pants; but Tuesday was a bit warmer, and made me remember a rule I had back in grade five when I would watch the weather station before school every day: if it's over 15 degrees, I wouldn't wear a jacket. Tuesday was sitting around 16-17 degrees and I just wasn't sure what to do; so, I brought along the fleece, got a feel for the wind and elected to wear it for my walk. It was the right decision. Although sunny, the temperature was falling a bit and the wind was definitely ever-present.  

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K&P Trail - May 12, 2019

The section of the K&P Trail from Bur Brook Rd to Corduke Rd has always been one of my favourites (so far) as it rides along a sloped forest that highlights the rail roots of the trail. Heading north from Bur Brook, is a fairly steady incline all the way through; although you spend more time going west than north, you get to appreciate the wide curve that these trains had to take on, and marvel at how much power it would have taken to climb this particular grade - which I assume maxes out about 2%. 

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Lemoine Point - May 3, 2019

Friday evening brought a quiet, post-rain coolness to Lemoine Point, so it was time to venture out into the conservation area for the first time in a few years. On the drive there I was concerned about the bugs, specifically, those midges that float about in so many numbers this time around (they make that walk from the parking lot to the building that much worse when heading into the office). Of greater concern would be the mosquito's, but I wasn't entirely convinced it was late enough in the season for them to show up.

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K&P Trail: Murton Rd to Highway 38 - 2019 06 03

While it was enjoyable to walk/hike the K&P Trail initially, I was pretty keen to jump on my bike for the longer sections. The issue itself is probably the one-way nature of the trail: a loop provides a constant change of scenery, wherein a straight path like this one forces you to double-back on yourself. A terribly insignificant complaint, but still, there it is.

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Jones Falls Lockstation

A few months back we took a small road trip looking for locks along the Rideau Canal. It wasn't long before we stumbled upon the Jones Falls Lockstation. The road off the highway was inconspicous, and the parking lot modest. There was a small nature trail leading up to the Stone Arch Dam, although we had no idea how long the trail was or if it was going anywhere. 
 
Coming around the bend, the dam appeared most unexpectedly. We were already at the top of the tall dam, looking downward to the base below - densely covered by trees and brush. It was incredibly impressive, and worth the trip alone, but we continued past to the actual locks. If you look at the map below, we came in at marker 12, then advanced our way down to number one. On the way out, we saw our mistake and pledged to visit the main entrance next time.