Day 40: Rimouski

There was a good tailwind today, which I looked forward to converting to lots of miles & putting some distance in the bank. After making good time through some moderately hilly areas, I finally stopped for a late-afternoon snack in Rimouski, having averaged a quick 25 km/h to that point.…

Day 39: Dreamy tailwinds

It was a real shame to leave Quebec so early this morning. I will be back soon. The first, arguably most crucial stop was at St Henri, a good Montreal-based coffee roaster that expanded recently to Quebec. After a cappuccino and a croissant I raced to the ferry. It runs…

Day 38: Quebec

The cooler weather continued today. After several weeks of nights in the high-teens / mid-twenties it was a shock to be feel chilly in my sleeping bag overnight (it can withstand much colder, if fully closed). Nevertheless, the more pleasant temperatures during the day are welcome. I rolled toward Quebec…

Day 37: Three Rivers

They say beggars can't be choosers. Yesterday I was definitely begging for relief from the heat. It came at about 5am, without the promised thunderstorm. The temperature fell from about 35 degrees to about 25 degrees, and the cold front pushed the humid air away. It seemed like a perfect…

Day 35: City of Saints

The riding today was incredible. The incredible shoulders, trails, and bike lanes made today the most effortless riding on the trip. The miles really slipped away, apart from the scorching heat reminding me that I was in the sun. I arrived in Montreal a little later than planned (breaks were…

Day 34: Montebello

The heat finally eased off today. An early start and a late finish helped me deal with the worst of it, but it was cool enough in the evening to put a long-sleeved shirt on. The middle of the day was spent in Ottawa, where among other things I was…

Day 32: Canada Day

The last time I was in the Ottawa river valley, at Christmas, it was -35. The 15-minute walk from our apartment to Parliament one morning caused my hands to freeze so much that I couldn't reach into my pockets. Today was a little different, with the mercury pushing above 37.…