Samuel, who works with GAiN out of Montreal, met us in Quebec City and treated us to a celebration supper. It was the first time we ate in a restaurant other than Tim Horton’s the whole trip thanks to our many hosts.
Then it was on to a meeting with a group of Paul’s and Samuel’s friends – a final opportunity to speak about the GAiN wells and community development programs.
They made it special with balloons, a poster made by Paul’s son …
and a ribbon cutting ceremony!
Many, many thanks to every single person that gave to supply clean, drinking water to needy people. Giving water, gives life. At this point I am aware of close to $16,000 in contributions (not all of this is recorded on-line). We may not have reached our goal but about 2000 people will have clean water for the rest of their lives thanks to our donors. Plus 100’s of people are more aware of GAiN‘s wonderful water for life initiative.
Many thanks to Jean-Michel, his wife, Murielle and there three daughters for the warm and friendly welcome that made us feel very much at home during our stay in Deux Montagnes.
We had a beautiful sunny day and not too hot to cycle 186 km to Trois Rivières, I must admit I found it tiring to cycle Hwy 344 through the communities north of Laval and Montreal. There were so many stop lights and stop signs. I was happy when we got to open road east of Terre Bonne. It was there I found this small stream beside the road. You can see the water is dirty. This is like what many rural Africans use as their source of water. This is why we are cycling for water (for GAiN).
When we came across this power line tower, I looked up and actually got dizzy. It is the tallest one that I have ever seen.
During the last few days we passed so many fields with this type of plant but we weren’t sure what it was. Timo finally stopped and asked someone working near such a field and we learned that they were soybeans. Quebec can sure make lots of tofu! 🙂
This is a gorgeous view of Lake Saint Pierre from Pointe-du-lac.
And not to far from which Timo took a brief rest on the side of the road after an unexpected and long detour.
At 6 PM we finally arrived at the home of Hélène and Suzanne who warmly welcomed and feed us.
Tomorrow is our last day of cycling and of the project. My vacation is almost over.
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.