Most of my ride today was along the Matapedia River, well known for its fishing. Kicking myself for leaving my fishing rod in Kingston thinking there wouldn’t be a lot of opportunity!!! Stupid me. The ministry divides this river up and sells parcels of it for fishing rights.
Cantine is Quebec’s version of a chip truck and I found my last Poutine about 2km short of the QC/NB border. It is sooo good, add to that a hotdog that they butter and toast the bun, a coke and you have a 1000+ calorie lunch. I saw the first advertisement for donairs, hoping I enjoy them sober or I might have to drink beer mid-day to enjoy them for lunch!
There are a lot of covered bridges in this area, from what I am told they were built because of the wealth if wood available in the area.
I was planning to stay at sugarloaf provincial park but when I realized it was about 5km off my route, and worse yet, it was all uphill…I opted to find a proper roof in the town of Campbellton. Looking a little inquisitive, googling accommodations at a stop light in town, a nice lady asked me if she could help me find something…and she asked it in English! She let me know that there is a hostel in town by the river…and it is in an old lighthouse.
For $25 a nights stay, cheaper than most campsites. I am noticing the differences between the French dialects and the attendant at the hostel was telling me that the French becomes even more slang towards Moncton, a combination of English and French. A couple is staying here tonight from France and as expected their French is very formal.
Arrived at the hostel at 630pm Atlantic time of course, new time zone! Plan to bike tomorrow to Bathurst then likely take Wednesday off if the rainy weather arrives as expected.
Daily cycle: 119km
Daily cycle time: 5hrs 22min