Vankleek Hill to Montreal
We “self-catered” our breakfast with the provisions left by the B&B (juice, oatmeal, scrambled eggs and toast) and espresso made by Paul, stopped at Sam’s Kitchen (the pastry shop that opened early for us) for sandwiches and banana muffins for lunch, then cycled back to the Prescott-Russell Recreational trail. The weather was overcast and muggy, only clearing late in the afternoon. We carried along the trail to its end, through pasture and farm land with crops of wheat, barley, corn and soy beans (?), and then followed side roads into Quebec, stopping at Rigaud for coffee. Just past Rigaud, we noticed a bicycle-themed park, where Marius climbed a tree in order to indulge Lois’ desire to take a photos of the bikes on poles for Jade. We soon joined the Route Verte, which took us across Île Perrot and onto the Île de Montreal, through the pretty villages of Sainte Anne-de-Bellevue and Beaconsfield and along the Lachine Canal to our hotel in downtown Montreal.
Wildlife Notes: Least Bittern (a “lifer” for Paul, which was very exciting!)
We are on the traditional territory of the Kanesatake Mohawk Nation.