We needed to buy our shuttle bus tickets inside a caboose, which took a few inquiries to figure out. Meanwhile the shuttle bus was ready and waiting to leave. We just made it. The bus was very comfortable and pretty much full of passengers. It took a couple of hours to make the trip with various stops along the way. The scenery was breathtaking at times as we climbed into the mountains.
The second last stop before the end, a small group got off. The driver went around to unload their bikes from the trailer, the rest of us got off the bus to stretch our legs. One of the cyclists was using a special bike where she would be propelling herself with just her arms. It was humbling to think I was worried about how tough it was going to be for me, being able to use my legs.
|Our shuttle bus|
|The bike trailer the bus pulled|
The route felt mostly flat, but there were some gradual uphill climbs. It took us all a while to get used to a comfortable pace. The surface for today would be asphalt the whole way.
When we were doing our planning, Munch, appropriately enough, was planning our snacks. How can you go on a cycling trip and gain weight? Just let me tell you. These snacks were amazing, nuts and dried fruit and M&Ms oh my! It wasn't long before we stopped for lunch. We thought the towns might be few and far between, so the first chance we had, we hopped off the trail and went to a corner store (known as depanneurs in La Belle Province) that had a bakery, sandwiches, poutine, french fries, pogos, and snacks. I bought a dozen freshly baked old style doughnuts for us to munch on while waiting for our fries and pogos.
Poutine is a dish of french fries with cheese curds on them and gravy. Yum! Pogos are also known as corn dogs, battered hot dogs on a stick that are deep fried and usually served with sweet mustard.
One of the things we learned in hindsight after this trip is that we ate way too much, hopped on our bikes way too soon after eating - it made us feel way too sluggish to be riding. Burp.
Our B&B was Provincialart and is noted as being at KM121 of the trail. (Although we probably cycled under 60 km this day.) The address is: 2292 Rue du Sacré Coeur, Nominingue, QC http://www.provincialart.ca/accueilEng.html
|Our B&B for the night|
That evening Nat, Chris and I played Rummikube. There were various board games in the living room and they had never played it before. Munch went off to bed early to read.
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