Celebrating the past
Bryan forgot to tell me one interesting anecdote from yesterday....so much to remember to tell! Just before Sudbury, he went through 3 small towns where there is a strong old Mennonite community. They are farmers who don't use motors. He was able to bike alongside horse and buggy units.
Today Bryan enjoyed rolling hills and great weather. In fact, just a perfect day for a 213 km bike ride in the country with the best roads in Ontario for 30km. He had to stop early though because there was no town close enough along the road. He found a wonderful town where the Mattawa and Ottawa rivers meet...Mattawa, circa the 1880's. The hotel, an elder version of the one in Piapot, SK, was built in 1881 and has been lovingly kept in mint condition.
This is a jewel of a town. There are 10 foot, finely crafted wooden statues of likely famous explorers in front of every store on main street. The bridge crossing the river is a beautiful place to watch the big boats pass. Since it is so close to the Quebec border, everyone speaks French. Celine Dion had been here for a concert in the past but, better yet, each Sunday there is an all-day music jamboree. Sounds like fun. Too bad Bryan has to get to Quebec City by Monday. He is really taken with this picturesque, old world town. That evening he was entertained by an outdoor concert while he sipped a cup of coffee. Life is good! Apparently the fishing there is also a major tourist attraction.
Although Bryan's best biking rhythm seems to be in the heat of the day and the evening, he plans to get an early start so that he reaches Pembroke mid-afternoon if possible. Total to date: 4465km.