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Day 35: Ottawa to Montreal 198 km

We were parked in front of Parliament Peace Tower at 6:30 am. Harold and Darlene Albrecht MP Kitchner/Conestoga meet us to send us on our way. DSC_5641

We spent about 30 minutes taking pictures to capture the moment.photo(102)We crossed the Ottawa River and headed east on Hwy 148. Rob led us out of the city! Yes he is back on the road with us part time. He did 16 km. This shot is on the bride leading into Quebec with the Museum of Canadian History in the background.photo(103)Quebec is a cyclists delight with wide smooth shoulders! Plus the 148 had few trucks and wound through the beautiful Ottawa valley. Sure made for a great ride.photo(98)We missed the “Welcome to Quebec” sign but stopped at the Home Hardware in Papineauville and was welcomed to Quebec. We have stopped at a few Home Hardware stores along the way to thank them for the sponsorship.photo(101)We also passed Montebello. In the fall our FamilyLife team will be at the Chateau Montebello to host a Weekend Getaway!! What a beautiful place. Here a view looking across the Ottawa River into Ontario. photo(100)The ride was at a good pace, about 27 km/hour till we hit the Metro area. In Montreal there was lots of lights, traffic and we made a wrong turn so did not arrive at the presentation location on time, about 20 minutes late. Dinner was prepared for us and brought to the church by Rob’s daughter. Thank you Lisa! (Center)DSC_570512 hour day on the road and no pictures of Montreal because we did not have time!!

Day 21: Dryden to Upsula 211 km

DSC_5020After a great breakfast at Sandi’s we had a 7 am departure from Dryden. What a great community and great people. As we headed out to Upsula with Del (in orange) who rode along with us, Sandi arranged for Jacquie and Rob had an interview with the local newspaper and radio station. Here’s a shot of Sandi and Jacquie.

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We enjoyed the cool temperatures and an over cast sky for the first 3 hours of the ride. Del was a great addition to the team, strong cyclist and was willing to be in the lead position to give us draft to start our day. He rode with us for the first 60 km. Thanks Del! Then Richard, Timo and I were on our own. We are missing Rob. He is recovering but may not be cycling with us at all this week.

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Our road was classic Northern Ontario rolling hills, lakes and black spruce. We did have some flats which made it feel like we were in a plateau area. The temperatures reach the mid 30’s and was really humid which made the afternoon a challenging ride. We were on the road for 11 ½ hours.  Just 5 km from our camp ground we had our 6th flat!

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We have nothing scheduled in Upsula and tonight is the first night since we left Victoria that we do not had a host. So we are at a camp ground on a lake. A swim sure felt good after a long hot day!

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At end of a long day I’m amazed at the accomplishment and anticipate what a good night’s sleep will do our very tired bodies but each morning I reflect on the thought that God’s mercies are new each day, great us his faithfulness.