After 4 weeks of pushing hard, Bryan took some time off to tour le vieux Quebec and le Citadel. We parked beside the Hotel Wilfred-Laurier and walked for 3 hours through the old fort, along the boardwalk, looking at beautiful old buildings, the mighty St Lawrence, and window shopping boutiques along the narrow streets. The highlight, however, was stopping in at an amazing little bike shop/bike museum called Museovelo. Owner, Pierre Bernier, a mime who toured Sask. from Rosetown to LaRonge and many other countries as well, invited us in to see his marvellous collection of old bikes and artifacts in the back of the shop. He also let Bryan try out a bike built in Denmark (Christiania) called the "Pedersen" with a hammock seat. What a place! Oh, he also bought a real bike helmet.
Our GPS came in handy to find the ferry station to Levis, not far from where we had recently toured. We crossed the St Lawrence and had a bite to eat in Levis before Bryan mounted his faithful Cannondale. Oh, it had started to rain...hard.
With me ahead (and cell phone on), we took the quieter scenic route, Highway 132, through many small towns to Montmagny, 50kms from Levis.
With the gale-force headwind and pelting rain, Bryan averaged 17km/hr nose down and pedaling hard. He was almost stopped short by gusts when he once sat up, going down a hill. The rain was coming sideways too. It would have been impossible to make headway with paniers on the bike. He is grateful to have his wife take the extra weight and meet him with a hotel for the night. I can also help him with the language....fun to be able to use it!