Monday, 16 January 2012
A Strange Morning Walk
Every morning, I walk on the Alexandria pedestrian bridge from Ottawa to Gatineau on my way to work. This morning, when I got to the pedestrian bridge, I found that it was closed because the police were investigating a "suspicious death" that happened on the bridge yesterday. The part of the bridge for car and truck traffic was open, so a bunch of pedestrians (including me) risked life and limb by walking on the road with the rush hour traffic just a few feet away from us. It seemed strange to me that we were allowed to do something so dangerous, but nobody stopped us.
It was a bitterly cold day. With the windchill, it was about -33 degrees celsius (I think that's about -25 fahrenheit). Everything was white and frosty with cold. I crossed the bridge without incident and hurried to work.
When I left work in the evening, I found that they had opened the pedestrian bridge again and I could walk across it back to Ottawa. Whew! It felt much safer than it did on the road this morning with cars hurtling toward me. It was warmer too - a balmy -10 degrees!
Posted by Evlyn at 20:07