Friday, June 2, 2017

Day 13 - Rimouski to Amqui

106.7 km - Total so far 955.60 km 


Our day can be summed up as follows: one third of the ride under sunny skies, one third under cloudy skies and the last one third, in the rain!

Our day was a lot more fun than the above would lead you to conclude. For most of the first third, we were either near the shore line on a bicycle path or on a very quiet road with little traffic. We did not have to get on Hwy 132 until kilometre 32. The terrain was flat and with a tail wind we were in Ste-Flavie in no time at all. In Ste-Flavie we turned right and headed inland again on Hwy 132.

'La Promenade de la mer' in Rimouski. Pedestrians are closest to the water.
As the bicycle path nears the boulevard, a barrier protects path users.

There are two of these viewing stand on La Promenade de la Mer
The post on the left of the far stand indicates whether the tide is rising or falling.

Black ducks bobbing in the water having breakfast

Quiet road part of La Route des Navigateurs

The Church in Sainte-Luce. There is a board walk lined with
sculptures, very impressive.
The ride inland was also a lot of fun. Most of the climbs were long and not very steep which made it easy to coast for a long time once you started down the other side. With the leg muscles we developed in Charlevoix, climbing the hills in this part of Gaspésie was a lot easier.

The church in St Moise. Dark skies as we had them during
the middle third of our ride.

As we rode towards our destination, the sky got even darker and we could see rain falling in the distance. Instead of pedalling into the rainstorm, we decided to hold up at the old train station in Sayabec. Next to the train station was an old artillery piece and a monument. The howitzer is German and was captured by the 27th Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF) near Vimy on 9 April 2017. The gun was used by the 4th Howitzer Battery and used against the Germans. It was given to the Town of Sayabec in 1920 by the Canadian Government. 

The real interesting bit is the Cenotaph next to the howitzer. The Cenotaph was a memorial to those who fought and died in World War One and given by the John Fenderson Company and the mother of Joseph Keable VC MM. a member of the 22nd Battalion (now the Royal 22e Régiment). To read the full citation for Corporal Keable, click here. The Cenotaph was updated with the names of Sayabec residents who were killed in action in the Second World War and Korea.

The Cenotaph in Sayabec.
Another solid day of cycling with 100+ kilometres to our credit. Tomorrow we leave the Province of Quebec and enter New Brunswick near Campbellton.

66.30 miles - Total so far 593.78 miles


  1. Le contenu des remorques disparaît doucement...elles sont donc plus faciles à tirer. Est-ce que les cyclistes perdent aussi du poids ? Aurons-nous, photos ou vidéo d'un souper ou déjeuner maison ? Le petit réchaud à l'alcool en opération ?
    Bravo pour votre persévérance.

  2. Les 'Black Ducks' que vous avez sont des Brant (anglais) / Bernache cravant (français). Je suis jalouse de vous car je n'ai pas encore eu le plaisir de voir ce type d'oiseau!!