August, 2013

  1. Percé and the Gannet Colony

    July 15, 2013
    Posted on August 31, 2013

    We woke up to a hot day. The sun was blazing and we got our sneakers on and shorts and went to have breakfast at ~10am. Parched after a hot night we asked for an extra helping of cold juice to add to our chocolate croissant and a good cup of coffee. The host had a telescope setup and told us that it was pointing at whales that he had seen earlier. I couldn’t see them due to all the waves. That day we cleaned the chains and lubed them, but left the bikes parked and headed down to the village on foot.

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  2. Kamouraska to Percè

    July 14, 2013
    Posted on August 26, 2013

    South shores of St. Lawrence river

    Woke up pretty early and I realized that this motel stinks and not to book here again. We packed and headed out. The view was beautiful, with small rocky hills that broke the plain colourful flat hills and provided a great view. The river was right behind that, and the mountains on the other side looked magnificent but hard to see through all the haze. We stopped many times to take pictures and then continued on our way and started yearning for breakfast.

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  3. Entering La Belle Province

    July 13, 2013
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    We got up and realized that the heat has been left on all night and it was very dry and hot. It was so dry that I couldn’t use the iPhone’s touch interface. It just wouldn’t register my fingers. Couldn’t turn off the alarm :). Next we headed down for our continental breakfast. The omelet and sausage seemed ok and tasteless for the most part, but one of the perks was a waffle toast making machine. It dispensed liquid doughy substance which you poured into the pan, closed and flipped (that was the fun part) to cook for 3 min. It was fresh and tasty, yum yum.

    We then headed to Canadian Tire to pick up the washer and glue to fix the speedo. After which we headed to Lee Valley tools and picked up the magnets. They have a cool ordering procedure, which you have to experience for yourself. After that we headed to 148 and ran into city traffic. At one point I had an old lady brake check me, just as I was about to pass her.

    The fancy pants hardware store.

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  4. Hot Air Balloon Festival in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu

    August 16-18, 2013
    Posted on August 25, 2013

    A couple of years after first learning about the annual balloon festival at Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu we finally reserved our tickets for a flight this year. We booked a Saturday evening flight and left Toronto on a Friday afternoon. We left fairly early in the day and had plenty of time to take slower country roads and enjoy the beautiful summer afternoon on the road. Continue reading…