Cross Canada Cycle Blog

Friday August 16, 2013. Day 70 Saint Jean Port Joli to Rivière du Loup Cycling though the Province of Quebec has been a revelation, not only because of the Route Verte bike path system, the very pretty towns, charming gites, amazing boulangeries and friendly people, but also in bringing home to us the long history of French settlement in Canada. All of ...

Thursday August 15, 2013. Day 69 Quebec City to Saint-Jean-Port-Jolie Marius and Helen joined us for the first half of today’s cycle. It was our last ride together on this trip, as they return to Montreal by train tomorrow and fly back to England on Saturday. It has been wonderful to have them along and to share our experience with them. We ...

Wednesday August 14, 2013. Day Off Paul and Lois spent the day doing laundry, sitting in cafes and visiting the shops in the Old Town. As we had visited Quebec City on a few previous occasions, we were content to just enjoy the ambience of this beautiful historic city. Twite team contribution #4: Team Twite decided to keep their legs exercised and ...

Tuesday August 13, 2013. Day 68 Portneuf to Quebec City Guest posting #3 from Team Twite: “We’ve had some wet weather, but it’s not yet rained for a whole day” – Paul Gully, 13th August 2013, over continental breakfast at the Motel Sous les Charmilles, near Cap Santé. “But there’s one thing I know; The blues they sent to meet me won’t ...

Monday August 12, 2013. Day 67 Trois Rivières to Portneuf We have to give a plug for Quebec’s Route Verte system of cycle routes. This network of routes, which includes marked paths, paved shoulders and designated roadways, and covers more than 5000 km of Quebec, from east to west, is a cyclist’s dream. The system also directs cyclists to Quebec’s various tourist ...

Sunday August 11, 2103. Day 66 Berthierville to Trois Rivières The dejeuner at L’Oie Blanche was not petit! The first course was cheese with fruit, banana muffins and toast with homemade preserves; the second was rich yogurt with fresh berries; the third, quiche, and the last, a very rich chocolate fruit bread with cream and jam (see gallery picture), all accompanied by ...

Saturday August 10, 2013. Day 65 Montreal to Berthierville Guest posting #2 from Team Twite (as edited and with additions by P and L): Breakfast at Restaurant Plaza McGill proved to be large, requiring a second table to accommodate some of Marius’ and Paul’s plates whilst they ate their way through the first course of a vat of oatmeal each. Unfortunately, the ...

Friday August 9, 2013. Day 64 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 ...

Thursday August 8, 2013. Day 63 Ottawa to Vankleek Hill Guest posting from Team Twite and their Tandem (Marius and Helen):  Day 4 of cycling in Canada, and Day 1 of cycling with Paul and Lois.  After breakfast at the Best Western in Ottawa – get there before 7 am to beat the crowds! – we started the day properly with expresso (or ...

Tuesday and Wednesday, August 6 & 7, 2013. Days Off We have had a great couple of days in Ottawa,  connecting with friends, visiting old haunts and recharging. Paul was able to meet up with a colleague from the Public Health Agency and WHO, John Rainford, to chat about risk communication and possibilities for collaboration. Our bikes have been re-serviced, at McCranks Cycles. They both ...