Day 56 Pointe-du-Lac to Quebec City
18 Aug 2006
|Day 56 Pointe-du-Lac to Quebec City
153 kms @ 24.6 kph for 6 hours 13 mins and total time of 7hrs 45 mins. Planned distance of 152 kms
Very warm night and morning - about 17 degrees - day was sunny with some clouds and generally a head wind & cross wind for most of the morning - shifting to more of a tail wind later in the day . Got an earlier start - no tent to put away .
Relatively easy ride along Hwy 138 into Quebec City - the trick was to take the turn Route Tessier into Cap Rouge - A few missed it and did not arrive till after 6 pm .
Passed through Trois Rivieres
- the second oldest (founded in 1634) French city in the Province and was established as a fur trading center. It was so named because it is at the junction of the St. Lawrence and the three channels of the St. Maurice River
. The Notre-Dame-du-Cap Cathedral attracts Catholic pilgrims from around the world
Hwy 138 still parallels the St Lawrence and has little villages quite close together, lots of prosperous farms and is quite picturesque.
. Again lots of other cyclists on the road stoday - again mostly day trippers - lots coming out of Quebec City in the afternoon ; ore than anywhere else that we have been.
Along hwy 138 entered "Quebec - la capitale nationale "
- something missing in the translation - we left the National Capital several days ago .
Interesting route into the City - we left the escarpment & went into Cap Rouge , for a more scenic route & to avoid traffic , we also got a very steep hill coming out of Cap Rouge back onto the escarpment and a $4M construction project improving the grade and roadway of this hill area- we opted to take the route verte stairs
(that are bicycle friendly) and that took us directly to the continuation of the route in the City . We crossed over the freeway to the two bridges into Quebec City that cross the St Lawrence - great photo op
We all arrive safely at the Laval University Campus where we are housed for the rest day.
Bikes and kit into the rooms - lots to do - laundry , log to get caught up on , site seeing ( although here last year with Gail and brother Rick & wife Anne and sister Pat & husband George & we experienced most of the sites) - the old city is a must see , the boutiques, restaurants, street vendors , artisans etc. great place to visit - must come back in February for Carnaval de Quebec.
We take advantage of the great patio at the campus pub and enjoy the evening relaxing and having a few beers and more food - supper was pizzas - ( allocation of 4 persons to large pizza - no drinks - we need to talk to organizers - this is day 56 - the end of a long bike ride of 152 kms and 2 pieces of pizza does not do it ) ..
Life in the trenches : The fill in driver for the other group did sprain his ankle in Hudson, so Megan was reassigned to that group from the TO to Montreal ride and Bud took over that ride. Saw Megan today and she is in good spirits and has heard nothing of any plans to rejoin us. Bud will be off to Halifax to meet the "crossing "bike group . So we are not likely to hear anything from him during the rest stop over here in Quebec..