Rivière du Loup to Témiscouata-sur-le-Lac (Cabano)
The grand Fleuve St Laurent looked lovely in the morning light. On leaving our hotel, we headed to a boulangerie as we knew that there was little chance of lunch on the route today. We bought cheese, fresh bread (more later) and goodies. There was a stiff climb out of lower Rivière du Loup. We joined the Route Vert 8 on the Petit Témis Interprovincial Trail, but soon found that the crushed stone surface was too soft and unstable for us. We reluctantly joined our old friend/ foe, the Trans Canada Highway for the rest of the day. There was a good hard shoulder and the sun shone. We knew that there would be hills but not as many as we experienced for the first half of the ride. Some of the later descents made up for the long inclines, in part. On stopping at the road side for lunch, we discovered that the bread we had bought was in fact a loaf- like croissant, enclosing a whole round of brie, nuts and cranberries – delicious and filling!
This is a land of forests and lakes and we are staying in the pretty village of Témiscouata, right near the lake. As today’s itinerary was short, we had time to wander around and partake of ice cream in the afternoon sun. We are going on a culinary adventure tonight!
We remain on the traditional territory of the Malécite people. We passed through the First Nations community of Whitworth (the Malécite of Cacouna).