Time to stop for a pee break...and some water...whew, it's hot!
And were off again...Jeff and Debbie
As I cross the bridge Sherry heads for the water on the right...
Our destination was Merrickville and a favourite restaurant for lunch. We left the trail and had a bit of street riding to do. This section of road rotates allowing boats passage to one of the many locks on the Rideau Canal...
A couple of very nice rides... a Harley-Davidson in the back and an Indian in the front.Mainstreet Restaurant and Patio...
Merrickville Lockstation is in the historic village of Merrickville (population 1 000). The locks are located along the south side of the river in an excavated channel, 1 km long. A concrete dam runs the full width of the river, creating a slackwater section to Kilmarnock Lockstation. Two river channels, flowing from the water control weirs in the dam, create an island, which is the site of the Merrickville Industrial Complex.
The Rideau Canal is a series of rivers, lakes and connecting locks and canals that form a continuous waterway from Kingston to Ottawa, in eastern Ontario, Canada. It is 202 kilometres (125 miles) long, of which about 19 kilometres (12 miles) is man made (locks and canal cuts), the rest are natural waters. There are 45 locks in 23 lockstations along the main route of the Rideau plus 2 locks that link the Tay Canal to the Rideau. From Lake Ontario at Kingston the canal rises 50.6 metres (166.2 feet) to the summit of Upper Rideau Lake and then descends 83.8 metres (275 feet) to the Ottawa River at Ottawa. For more info check out Rideau Canal.
Located on the grounds of the Merrickville Lockstation in the heart of the Village of Merrickville, 60km southwest of Ottawa. Built in 1832-33, the blockhouse is the largest and the most impressive of the four blockhouses built along the Rideau Canal for its defense and the second largest blockhouse surviving in Canada.
Constructed for strength with thick masonry walls on the first floor and heavy timbers on the overhanging second floor, the blockhouse retains many of its defence related elements. In the event of war, the blockhouse was intended to be a mustering point for local militia, a supply depot where provisions, munition and arms could be stored, and a strong defensive position for repelling anyone attempting to destroy the Canal structures.
Since 1966, the blockhouse has operated as a museum by the Merrickville and District Historical Society interpreting the history of the Rideau Canal, the blockhouse and the local area.