It was nice to be home. Anne-Marie saw us off for the final five days of the cycling4water project. Today I cycled alone because Alain stayed home an extra day and Timo drove the RV. He found it a bit boring waiting for me at different places but every stop was welcome because it rained the whole day.
For me it was interesting to see many sites along the way and take a few photos in spite of the rain like this one of fisherman under a bridge near Montebello,
the Fassett ferry,
a cross decorated with hearts,
an ice-fishing hut depot with hundreds of huts – obviously a favorite winter past-time for many Quebecois,
many beautiful homes (of which I didn’t take any photos) and in the Mirabel region many farms.
At the end of the day we were welcomed by Jean-Michel, Murielle and their three daughters. They served us a wonderful steak dinner. Tomorrow we will be speaking in their church.
Today it rained almost the whole day but it was a welcome relief from the heat of the previous 2 days. We finally left the province of Ontario behind. We aren’t too sad to say good-bye to Hwy 17 though, which has been our constant companion over the last 14 days. There were many places with wide shoulders in northern Ontario. But east of Mattawa there were frequent rumble strips and no shoulders. It’s scary being in the same lane as traffic going by at 100 km/hr.
It is hard to believe that 2½ weeks ago I boarded a plane and flew over 2000 km to Winnipeg and now I am here having covered the distance by bike in 14 days of cycling.
Alain was pleased to be back in his home province as well and took the first opportunity he had, in Shawville of eating poutine.
My cell phone ran out of power so I missed getting many shots of favorite spots with Timo, though he got some and will post a few on Facebook. I also forgot to take it with me to our meeting tonight at Église de Jésus Christ à Ottawa. Many thanks to Pastor Amé and his congregants who warmly received me and listened attentively. Many took donation cards to make a gift towards the wells.
Tonight I get to sleep in my own bed but the stay at home is short lived as we continue on to Deux Montagnes tomorrow to wind up in Quebec City on the 16th.
I anticipated a demanding day today, even though it would be 50 km shorter than the day before. There were multiple reasons. There was no tail wind. We would have many hills. Many times there were rumble strips instead of shoulders. And the temperature hit 32° C without the humidex. I doused myself with water many times. In the end I counted 13 hills which slowed us down below 15 km/hr. The first one was this 3 km climb from Mattawa.
Here are two other views and a video of Timo racing down one of the hills.
As usual it is the people we meet that make it more interesting. Dillon is walking across Canada from Halifax to Vancouver to raise money for mosquito nets for African children and families. It took him 60 days to reach this point, about 50 km east of Mattawa.
At our campground we met Jim who rode from Portland, Oregon to Portland, Maine in 2013 with 11 other people. He said it took them 60 days. He owns a bike store in Texas.
There was again no presentation so there was time for a refreshing swim in the Ottawa River. Tomorrow I will be home but only to continue on to Quebec City for four more days.