Friday, January 18, 2019

QUEBEC - DAY 83 - AUG 24

My overnight stay in New Richmond was with the guy in the first picture. His name is Bruno. He has an excavation business with his father. He has done some long bicycle tours as well including New Zealand. He fixed a great dinner and I took him to breakfast in the morning.

It was another pleasant day, slightly overcast and flat except for the first few hills leaving New Richmond. The tailwind continues. The pictures are mostly the entry signs of the nice little towns I went through and some other road scenes on the way to Port Daniel West. 

My bicycling friend from California, Paul, grew up in Canada and has innumerable cousins scattered about Canada and he graciously gets me in touch with them when he knows I am in their neighborhood. The last two pictures are their house and Ursula (his cousin) and David, her husband, and their one year old pooch that just dug a hole in the garden. 

This is their summer cottage and they are residents near Toronto. They welcomed me into their beautiful home and are just the nicest, classiest folks you will ever meet. Ursula and I were very like-minded and had an extensive discussion about a lot of things and may have solved most of the world problems.

David has an unbelievable garden and dinner consisted of freshly picked green and yellow string beans, potatoes, beets, and ham (which was probably store bought). Ursula baked some chocolate, squash, carrot bread that was to die for. I'm sure it was the best meal I have had or will have on this trip.



QUEBEC - DAY 82 - AUG 23

I had a very pleasant 2 night stay with a young professional couple in Campbellton, New Brunswick. Kristin, a psychologist, and Alex, a physical therapist have two young boys and they both work at the same hospital. Their life is very busy.

After leaving I crossed the bridge into the Province of Quebec and started up the Gaspe Peninsula. The weather was not sunny for most of the day as forecast, but I did have a tailwind. No substantial hills, just a few rollers and I went through some nice little towns along the water, namely Carleton-sur-Mer and then Maria.

I thought it was interesting that I am now back in the Eastern time zone. In fact all of Quebec except the far eastern part is in this zone. By the time I got to New Richmond the sun was out and I made another very nice "warmshower" connection.




This was another pleasant day hovering along the Chaleur coast from Bathurst to Campbellton. The road was not quite as smooth, but relatively flat until the last 20 miles or so. After Beresford there were many small towns with very little population. Good old "google maps" got me lost trying to get around the Belledune Generating Station. First there was a giant smelter that was entirely too ugly to make a photo. Getting off track afforded me the opportunity to get closer to the power plant with it's belching stack which can be seen for many miles. It burns coal! Yikes! You can read about it here and the second article about possible future plans; Belledune Generating Station

Moving along, there were some nice views looking across at the Gaspe Peninsula (where I am planning to go), and even a wind farm in the hills. The road got quite hilly getting to the busy town of Dalhousie and continued rolling all the way to Campbellton. The bridge connects New Brunswick to Quebec and if interested described here; J. C. Van Horne Bridge

I am staying with a "warmshowers" host for two nights in Campbellton before heading for the Gaspe.