7.6 km - Total so far 679.7 km
Relive: No relive since we did not pedal at least 10 kms
See the 'Where we are map' at the bottom of the page
After nine days of pedalling with most days heading into a northeasterly wind, we decided to take a day off. As soon as we left the campground this morning, we realized what a wise decision we made stopping when we did. From the campground, we dropped from 250 metres in altitude to 9 metres in the space of three kilometres. The descents were very steep with most rated at 10% and two at 15% and winding. That would have been a scream on our road bicycles but on loaded touring bikes with trailers, not so.
|Campground with a "window" on the Saint Lawrence River|
|The view as we started our decent to La Malbaie|
(where the tree line and near sea shore meet on the left)
Hélène decided it was time to make her first stop at the 'Visitor Information Office' for this trip. You will remember how much she enjoyed terrorizing the people behind the counter on our first trip, It did not happen this time. The office was staffed by two very knowledgeable people who answered each of our questions about the local area and even ones about St-John's, Newfoundland. Turns out the young lady lived in St-John's for one year.
When I enquired about the route to St-Simeon and asked if we would encounter another climb like Ste-Irénée, the gentleman bowed his head and mumbled an answer. He looked up and said no but stated that there is a nice climb at St-Fidèle.
We found out from the locals that no one likes the hill at Ste-Irénée as it is very steep, very narrow road, a sharp 90-degree turn and vehicles get awful close to each other. I can't for the life of me figure out how they manage that hill in the winter.
Within minutes of checking into the hotel, it started raining very hard, We even saw a guy building a very large boat. It is still raining and we hope it stops soon so we can go for a walk, It will be nice to have a walk that does not involve pushing our bikes uphill.
It did finally stop raining so out the door we went.
|Daniel being led by three of the local tourist guides.|
|Significant buildings outline painted on the wall. |
The tree has the name and a description of the buildings.
|Looks like a painted waterfall but is actually|
efflorescence from the cement
|The park close to the Visitor Information Centre|
|Hélène relaxing inside the Laure Conan Library, La Malbaie |
(The library itself)
4.72 miles - Total so far 422.35 miles