Snowshoeing 2:51:03  14.0 km (12:13 / km) +24m 12:07 / km
ahr:115 max:149 slept:8.0 shoes: Atlas 1025
Rideau Trail kilometres 14.0-21.3
I've now snowshoed more than 83% of the Rideau Trail.
I headed back to Kingston because yesterday's forecast called for a dump of 35cm of snow. I need the snow to help with urbanized portions of the trail. No snow fell.
Temperatures were frigid but not cold enough to keep me on the ice and protect me from wading through the marsh.
I began at the intersection of Unity and Cordukes roads, heading north on the road allowance until it ends at the marsh, then west on ridge above marsh and then north under the hydro wires through the unfrozen Glenvale Creek marsh, leaving the hydro corridor following farmers tracks east and north, coming out on Lees Road three buildings from Babcock and then up the length of Babcock and back. Expect dogs.
Upon return to the marsh, having sighted the K&P embankment to the west, I decided to take a less wet route. In hindsight, the seventeen-minute addition may not have been efficient. Once I left the open field, I fought my way through a forest of unfamiliar nasty thorny trees. When I neared the abandoned right-of-way, I then encountered the fence still protecting the railway. Eventually, I found a spot to crawl under the fence.
Interestingly, after taking the rail bed over the marsh, I found a stile to cross over the fence. Reviewing the map later, I learned that the trail was once routed that way.
Retracing the trail, I passed my starting spot, took Unity Road east about a kilometre, then over a stile (this adventure had four stiles in each direction, not counting the retired stile at the K&P) heading south and turned back at the corridor hosting the gas pipeline.
Back at Unity Road, I took off the snowshoes.