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landscapes, along the mighty Ottawa River to the majestic hills and twisting roads beyond Eganville. Having paused only twice for

coffee, we stopped for a yard sale (or two) and found some classic John le Carré spy books, but left the collector plate from Pocono Pennsylvania (and other interesting-to-look-at stuff) behind. Autumn was definitely in the

air, giving it a great, clean fresh taste -- which could be why we decided to stop for breakfast. Now Eganville is a great

destination spot for breakfast. Ya got the up-scale Frisco’s with its great back patio overlooking the river. Then across the street you have The Granary Restaurant and Schnitzel Haus or the local favourite -- Dixie Lee Family Restaurant (if ya go, say hello to Patty for me). We chose to cross the river, past

the magnificent old post office to the new Country Rose Restaurant. The Country Rose was clean and friendly. The service was fast -- not-bad eggs and sausage, with lots of free coffee refills. Don’t miss the great made- in-house jam. And they serve fried bologna on the side, which you just can’t get in Ottawa. Back on tour again we travelled

up the Foymount Road heading for the old BOMARC missile base just off the Opeongo Road. We were having too much fun on the corners, distracted by the fantastic views and such, that we missed the turnoff to the old base.

So we just wandered around

picking what looked like good side roads, only to end up back in Eganville (somehow) via the Gratton Road (very rough) and the Scotch Bush road. This part of the tour turned out

to be the best, with lots of hills and neat stuff to see -- not to mention the corners. Remember, we were in Dave’s beamer and he just loves to drive real fast. Time as usual was against us,

which allowed only a short visit at Annie’s (at Cedar Rest) for a quick libation before heading home. Upon arriving in downtown

Douglas we spotted a van with a permanent painted sign saying Antiques (with an arrow). I mean, who paints a truck that way? So we stopped in on John and his

Ottawa Valley Antiques Shop. Now that was fun. He had real antiques (not “collectables”) including a

complete black-powder loading set, a mussel-loading double-barreled shot gun and a print of King Billy on his white horse. John was friendly, talkative and very knowledgeable. Carrying on back to Ottawa, we

traveled the newly paved No. 5 with only the odd unplanned detour (and remember: you are not truly lost until you are out of the province). Also keep in mind that you can never trust a dead-end sign and you should always investigate its truthfulness, unless you see a handwritten note on the other side saying: “Told ya so!” We meandered down to Haley

Station, got lost and ended up back on old highway 17, missing the flea market at Antrim but finding a great tunnel of trees to drive through. Then a couple of lefts, some more rights, back to March Road and home. The tour was fun. It was relaxing. I want to do it again next week.


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