Sherman, parked for the night at the Natchez Visitors Center in Natchez, Mississippi. Photo taken last night!
Where are Kevin and Ruth right now? Natchez Visitor Center, Natchez, Mississippi.

Where are they going next? West into Louisiana!

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Too many rules

First of all, I got the new solar charge controller installed and working. And then the clouds moved in and I couldn't properly test it! Too funny. Solar energy works great... but only when the sun is shining!

Today is supposed to be bright and sunny (not a cloud in the sky so far) so tomorrow I'll give you an update as to how our batteries are charging.

So, besides getting the charge controller installed, we also took some time to go for a bike ride!

Biking an old railway line trail near Osgoode.

Osgoode is a small town (pop 2,400) located about 35 kms (22 miles) south of the city of Ottawa. But they amalgamated all of these little outlying towns into the big corporate city of Ottawa in 2001. So legally, Osgoode really is part of the big city, despite still being out in the country.

These are the rules to use the trail!

Seriously. Check out the top sign. You can take your horse on the trail. Nice! But, don't forget a poop bag. For your horse. 

Yep. You have to stoop and scoop for your horse.

Don't forget the dog rules.

Obviously every dog owner knows that you have to pick up after your dog. It's just part of being a responsible dog owner (or horse owner, around here). But Ottawa has special rules for dog owners. Notice on the sign above it has a picture of a toilet? When you pick up after your dog, you have to bring it home with you and flush it down the toilet. 

Yep, that's the rules. It is against the law to put your dog's poop in a public trash can.

Anyhow, we had a nice bike ride and ending up doing just under 13 kms (8 miles).


Out for a bike ride.

Also, Ruth and Lindsey took the kids and Chester to the park...






Grandson Cameron (age 6) drew us a picture of Sherman!

Cameron's picture of Sherman. 
He even got the short wheelbase right, and the bicycles on the back!

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28 comments:

  1. That's a lot of rules for one trail! I do agree with owners collecting their horse poop, here we have had it outside our gate, not nice. Do you remember in Portugal 2007 the horses had poop bags around their bums? Neat idea to catch it as it was being released.

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    1. Yep, I can understand not wanting it by your gate and I think along a path would depend on how many horses use the path but I guess if people have to pick up after their dogs then they should have to pick up after the horses as well. Funny I mentioned that to Kevin when we were on the trail, those horse poop hammocks would be perfect!

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  2. Holy crap (I had to say it). I cannot believe you can't put your dog poop in a public trashcan...seriously stupid, that simply encourages more dog owners not to pick up their dogs poop

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    1. They started this bylaw back when we still had our house in 2007! They claim that it is not hygienic for the workers having to pick up the litter bags from the trash cans and that the smell was really bad. They also said that by taking it home and flushing it down your toilet the waste would then be properly treated by the sewage plants. We wonder how many people really do that thought!

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  3. Your grandson’s drawing is awesome.

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  4. Your grandsons drawing in a picture frame would cover nicely the hole were Your battery controler was.

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    1. We were thinking the same thing, thanks for the idea! :-)

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  5. Behind our house is a walking trail. People pick up their dog poop and bag it. They then fling the bag, poop and all into the ravine... Seriously!

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    1. That is terrible that they go to the trouble of putting it in a bag and then tossing the bag into the ravine. At that point it would be better it would make more sense just to kick the poop off the trail and down the ravine, not that I am saying that is right but it certainly is better than having the plastic bag going down too!

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  6. Cameron may just grow up to be an artist. I like his use of colour. If people have to pick up dog poop it is only right that horse poop should also be picked up. But I think public garbage cans should be allowed for disposal.

    Lovely trail.

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    1. Who knows maybe he will. He certainly loves to draw and he did that surprisingly quick and without even having to go and check to see if he has the placement of the windows and everything correct.

      We agree about being able to use a public garbage can but for some crazy reason the City of Ottawa came up with this bylaw way before we even sold our house in 2007. We have yet to meet someone who brings the poop all the way home to dump it in their toilet!

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  7. Hi Kevin,
    I'm wondering where you find the good deals on rental cars?
    I use Costco Travel but their prices are not so hot.
    Thanks!

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    1. I just check all the search engines and use whoever is cheapest. But the main thing is to book as far in advance as possible. And book right away the cheapest price you can find, and then keep checking every day if necessary. It's the same as finding a cheap airfare ...persistence and perseverance. And I use https://www.autoslash.com/

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  8. I'd say you've got an artist in your family. That's one very fine picture of Sherman.

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    1. I think you are right! We love his picture and may just have to frame it and use it to cover our hole where the old charge controller was.

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  9. I love your grandson's colorful picture of Sherman. And great that you got to ride on that nice trail. I don't mind the rules; they keep the slackers in line. :)

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    1. We love his picture too!

      Unfortunately we find that having these rules and having them written up all over the place really doesn't make a huge difference. At the park we worked at, half the time they weren't even read and if they were they were ignored many times, same as on this trail. We met at least 3 dogs and they were all off leash but we didn't see any dog poops or horse poops but guaranteed the dog poo wasn't taken home and flushed down the toilet.

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  10. What's really sad is the fact that they have to post all those rules. It's just not that hard to clean up after you and your animals. Love the picture of Sherman.

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    1. It is sad that they have to have all these rules, it really should just be common sense.

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  11. That's an awesome drawing of Sherman!

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  12. For all of its downfalls and lack of organization, I have to say, I still love Mexico. After spending four days in the Dallas, Tx area, I'm glad to be home to the so called disorganization and lack of rules. Viva Mexico!

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    1. We totally agree with you Chris!

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  13. Picking up your horse "apples" is a new one.
    Think you have to take them home and flush 'em, too?
    :-)

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    1. I have to admit that if there were too many horse poops on the trail, it wouldn't be so pleasant to walk on but no, you don't have to flush the horse poops, although I am surprised that they don't tell you to take it home and put it on your garden. ;-)

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