It started off meeting with the wonderful people of the Église évangélique de Deux Montagnes where we had an opportunity to speak about GAiN and the deep, capped water wells.
We were then hosted for lunch by Martin and Marjorie who met my wife in the late 1980’s when we lived in Montreal. Samuel Bechard of GAiN also joined us.
I had to repair the inner tube with which I had a flat tire yesterday and write two blogs, but there was still time to visit our hosts’ small animal farm with chickens, geese, sheep, rabbits and turkeys which they raise for themselves and to sell.
Someone asked if we had seen any moose – no, but we saw a lot of these signs (though a little bit larger).
Tomorrow we begin our last two days of cycling. It is hard to believe that it is almost over.
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.