Trois Rivière to Quebec City

I must have been over served in Trois Rivière Saturday night because I never published the blog I finished! It’s up now…fast forward to Sunday morning in 3 Rivers:

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Spent the morning Sunday working off my hangover, way too many amazing Quebec strong beers. I will do a beer post soon with all the beers I have tried and my top 10. Started with a walk along the river then crepes on a patio.

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The afternoon was spent wondering thru the town, checking out the Jail museum and the Quebec culture museum. Learned about a popular TV sitcom in Quebec called Le Petite Vie, while it was in French I can see why it was so acclaimed. It follows the life of a family, plays up on a lot of the Quebec idiosyncrasies; kind of a modern French Archie Bunker? The jail was interesting, really got an impression of incarcerated life from the 1800s to mid 1900s. The etching in the wall translates to “I lived, I suffered, now I hate”. I had dinner with four gents from Brantford who are part of a crew of 8 who are cycling a loop of Quebec. Each year they pick a different week long tour. I was supposed to meet the rest of the gang tonight in QC however tragedy beset them as one of the gentleman died today of a heart attack. My thoughts go out to them and their families as they are all close friends, curl in the winters together and cycle in summers.

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My dad and his three brothers (Ted, Dean and Bob) got together today in Kingston with other family to celebrate the life of my great aunt Connie. She was a fabulous lady, always full of energy and carried a great smile with her everywhere. Sadly I was not able to attend but I did get to chat with everyone by phone!

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Today I headed off at 9am from 3 Rivers with a tailwind and sunny skies. My route (hwy 138) followed the St Lawrence river most of the way to Quebec City.

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I passed through many small towns that date back to the mid 1600s including Champlain – all had a magnificent church.

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Today was another perfect cycling day and the countryside was beautiful. Many views of the river, surrounding farmland, small towns every 10-20km and these two horses enjoying the sunshine.

Started to think about what it will feel like to finish this journey. Part of me will be sad it’s finished however I am having moments where I miss the normalcy of life. Makes you appreciate the daily grind and what it offers us? Looking forward to that and know I will catch myself daydreaming about this trip in the future. It challenges me in every sense imaginable.

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Arrived in the city about 430pm after a short but very steep climb. I am off being a tourist for two days as I have been looking forward to being here since the start. Met up with David from Calgary who I cycled with a few weeks back. We enjoyed dinner on the lower side of the city…from what I have seen so far I am going to really enjoy my stay here!

Daily cycle: 134.2km
Daily cycle time: 5hrs 41min

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