Sunday, August 23, 2009

Our Bike Trip to PEI July 13-23 2009

Our trip to P.E.I was certainly an adventure! We had some interesting experiences, met some great people and had a wonderful time. We toured the Island from tip to tip as you'll see in our pictures. We would definitely do it again but after we experience a few other places.

Have a look at our pics in the slideshow. We started on Monday July 13 and arrived back home on Thursday July 23.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Ok, it's been a while...

It's been about 6 weeks since my last blog post here. A few weeks ago a group of us rode down to Deseronto for a weekend camping trip. Our Pastor Rob, was speaking at the church there and a group of us went along for support. It's fun to visit other churchs and get to know different people. We camped at the parents of our Pastor's wife Heather and were treated like royalty. The hospitality was amazing! Lots of fun, food and wonderful company.

My husband and I are leaving soon for our bike trip to PEI. We plan on staying at a Bed & Breakfast for the ten days and then tour the Island on day trips. This is the honeymoon we never had and we hope it will be a relaxing vacation where we can reconnect and revitalize our relationship.
Look forward to seeing some beautiful pictures of PEI.

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Ottawa Ride for Dad - May 30

The day started at 5:30 am for me. After showering and taking care of the dog I went down to underground parking to get my bike ready. After checking over my bike and wiping it down quickly I was ready to go. A friend Kris was riding with me to breakfast and blocking with the group. He lives in my building so we met in underground. It was raining out so I borrowed Ken's rain gear and reflective vest. Ken is on the road and unable to ride with us.

A group of us from Capital City Bikers Church had volunteered to block for the ride. We met for breakfast at 7:00 am in the Lincoln Fields mall restaurant. There were 22 people. We had a great visit, lots of laughs and then by 8:00 am were out at our bikes. Dave Brown and Dave Veal went over the safety rules and assigned our intersections. We lined up in order and headed out to our intersections.

My intersection was Richmond and Poulin. All of our intersections were in that same area along Carling Ave. My intersection was at the end of Richmond just down from where Carling and Richmond intersect. Once the parade of Bikes came by and we stopped traffic some people were NOT happy. I guess they don't listen to the news to know that the Ride was happening. I tried to be polite and not tell one lady in particular where she could go. Most people were patient for the 20-30 min wait as the Ride passed by. Others made a U-turn and went back down Richmond. Over all people were great and very support of the cause. It is pretty impressive to see over 1000 bikes ride by and hear the roar....oh yeah.

Once they all had passed we released our intersections and hopped on our bikes to join in at the end of the parade. Everyone ended up in Kanata at the Mitel parking lot. It was a sea of bikes that filled the parking lot. I like watching the Police parade out of the lot. Once everyone is in they gather in a section of the lot...line up and then parade out with lights flashing...pretty kool to see.

Afterward some people from our group decided to go for coffee/lunch at Starbucks. It was a great morning! I'm so proud of our group for volunteering each year to help out this cause. The fight against prostate cancer is so very important. If you want to learn more about supporting this cause or the ride itself, visit the Ride for Dad website.

Some Pics taken by Rob Dale our Pastor

At the Aviation Museum - the starting point

Carling & Richmond intersection

Until next time...Dot

Monday, May 18, 2009

Ride Up Date

Well we're into the riding season and so far it's been great. The Swap Meet and Info Day last month was a huge success. There were 1404 people through the gates, twice as much as last year!

We've enjoyed a few small group rides so far. Wes's in Arnprior seems to be a popular place for our group to go. : ) We've hit DQ a few times and the market on Friday night. We really need to find other destinations other than food! lol

Cruise Night at the Rideau Carleton Raceway started May 6th. Last week saw a big turn out and beautiful weather. This week will be the first week that Ken, my husband, will be able to go with us. At the end of April we bought Ken another bike, a sport bike this time. I'm looking forward to this riding season even more now. It will be great to ride together with him. Ken will also be going on the East coast trip in July!
Link to Cruise Night info.
The next big ride coming up is the Motorcycle Ride for Dad on May 30. Once again Biker's Church will be helping out by blocking. This will be my third year as a blocker. It's always lots of fun and the response here in Ottawa is huge. The number of bikes involved is well over a thousand.
For anyone interested, I'm also blogging on the CCBC blog along with several other church members.
Until next time....

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Hello again...

It's been a while since I've posted anything. This last month or so has been busy and emotional. I'm trying to get back on track and hope to be able to start posting journals of fun events and rides I plan to be going on this season. April, May, June, July and August will prove to be quite eventful and fun.

This Saturday a group of ladies are meeting for breakfast. We will all be involved in the Relay for Life which is happening on June 12 & 13 at the Nepean Sportsplex in Ottawa. This event is through the Cancer Society and is one of the big fundraising events put on in the summer. We are meeting on Saturday so we can meet everyone on the team and to have a chance to get to know each other. Our team is called the Biker Babes. Check out the links below.

I would love it if you would sponsor me in the walk. I'm walking in memory of my father and for my friend Carrie who passed away in January.

Thanks for checking in...I'll be back soon.

Click here to visit my personal page.

Click here to view the team page for Biker Babes

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

In Memory of Another Dear Friend

Today my church family lost another dear friend, Carrie Smith Belair. She was an amazing women, with lots of spirit, spunk and originality. She's the person that asked all the questions everyone else was too shy or scared to ask in church. If you want to know what Carrie was like or who she was just read her blog. She started this blog as a journal and legacy for her boys. She had hope and faith that she could beat the cancer but also felt she needed to leave her boys a 'bit' of herself if things didn't work out. Carrie was adamant about expressing her journey as 'living with cancer' not 'dying from cancer'.

Well Carrie, my dear friend, now you can have all your questions answered. :) Too bad that you couldn't come back and let us know the answers. Thank you for being a part of my life; for giving me my baby Faith and for being a friend when I needed one. Thank you for being the courageous woman that you were and for inspiring others with your spirit and no nonsense approach to life. Thank you for being my sister in Christ. Thank you for being you! I love you and will miss you. Ride on...Rest in peace Carrie.
Here is a YouTube video Carrie made after friends from her church home group surprised her with a gift of taking her horseback riding. This is Carrie in a nut, honest, loving, spiritual...amazing.