|Still sunny after crawling out of the tent. It wouldn't last for long.|
|Packed up and ready to go.|
|Waiting for the rain to end--unsuccessfully.|
We followed the Sainte-Anne river downstream on one of the nicest roads of the trip. As it often seems to be the case in Quebec, there is one road on each side of the river, one being a busy highway, the other one being a rarely used country road. We could ride side-by-side for pretty much all the way back to the Saint-Lawrence, rarely encountered cars, and enjoyed the slight downhill. After a while even the rain stopped.
|Mural depicting the ice fishing town.|
|Tommy cod info center in Sainte-Anne-de-la-Pérade|
|I wonder if they were able to set up the village in the last, very mild winter...|
|Sainte-Anne river near its mouth|
|Horrible one-lane metal grate bridge|
|Break in Le Bas-de-Champlain|
|Wolfgang on the Saint Lawrence|
Finally we reached the outskirts of town near the approach to the Laviolette Bridge, the only bridge crossing the Saint-Lawrence between Quebec and Montreal (you can't ride across by bike but there is a shuttle service for cyclists). All of the cheap hotels were located in a typical highway-strip-mall environment. We had checked room availability via the internet earlier the day and thus we very surprised when the first hotels we checked were both fully booked. There was only one other hotel out there, a Super 8 that was listed as a bike-friendly hotel in our Route Verte guide, and there we were told that there was some big Catholic event was currently going on and they had only one vacant room left. Unfortunately, that room was the "executive suite" for 200 dollars per night. Riding through the rain and city had used up a lot of our physical and mental resources and we decided to just suck it up and pay. 80 km was enough for the day.
|Our oversized executive suite...|
|...which, despite its size, we quickly were able to mess up entirely.|
> forward to day 3