Gatineau Park had a bit of traffic and a lot of bicycles so was a bit of work to get through, but around one corner I got waved over by a couple of sportbikes. When I stopped I realized why -- there was a deer RIGHT THERE, quite confused and ready to run into the road. He was about five feet from me at one point. I really need to get my camera out and start bringing it with me.
The 105 isn't that interesting -- 80 km/h, slow bends, and stuck behind a dump truck for half of it. But at the junction with the 5 I turned off onto the River Road which was a fantastic ride. The hills, sharp blind corners, road conditions and narrowness make it an interesting ride even at 50-60 km/h, and for a good stretch of its length it's only separated from the Gatineau River with a barrier. Lots of boats out, and saw a floatplane landing. I really need to get my camera out.
The River Road leads right into downtown Wakefield. Wakefield is this cute little mostly-English town of 2000 or so in the middle of Quebec. There's a steam train that goes between there and Ottawa a couple times a day, serving dinner on the way, and there's a wooden covered bridge just north of town. I stopped there for a bottle of water and got talking with a Quebecois woman on a Harley in French about what a great day to ride it was, and how fast the 307 was, and I was surprised that my French isn't as rusty as I thought it was.
From there it was time to speed up a bit -- the 366 is a modern two-lane highway signed 90 km/h, and the 307 is the same signed 70. 90 is pushing it on my little bike, but I was fine on the downhills and most of the uphills had passing lanes on them (and good thing, too -- on a 10% grade that lasted about 2 km, I found myself slowing down from 90 to 60 with the throttle wide open). Gatineau itself isn't much fun to ride around in, just a busy city at rush hour, but getting back to Ottawa meant going via the 50 and 5, both freeways! Luckily in-town they're 90 and 70 km/h respectively so I could keep my speed up.
I stopped in the market for a coffee and to let the rest of rush hour finish up without me. I hadn't been away from the bike for five minutes before someone decided it would be fun to sit their kid on it. I yelled "It's hot!" and gave them a dirty look and they went on their way displeased. They should be pleased that their kid didn't need skin grafts from where his legs would've hugged the (air-cooled) cylinder head. Sheesh.
I was impressed with how well the bike kept up today -- that's as hard as I've had to push it. I need to go over it and torque all the accessory screws a bit -- it vibrates a lot at those speeds and things tend to work loose, including my oil filler cap. I have an oily boot. I'm not sure how it got loose, but I'm going to keep an eye on it from now on. I need to put together a toolkit for the bike -- I might just pick up a Leatherman Crunch and mount it inside the side cover somehow. Not cheap, but cheaper than assembling a whole toolkit and buying a pouch for it.