I wake up, and realize that I slept for 10 hours straight, which has not happened in a very long time. My body needed it. Colette is already in the kitchen and in no time is preparing breakfast for me. Not only that, Colette’s business is to fix, update and clean up computers; she had offered to take a look at mine last night, and I gave her Carte Blanche. Well now, it feels like I have a brand new computer! She installed Windows 10, removed all the unnecessary software, and cleaned up all the potential threats! It works much faster than it has for a long time! I finish breakfast, pack my things and look at my route. I realize with discouragement that I had miscalculated today’s route and that it is much longer than I expected, more than 120 kms when I was hoping for less than 100. My total weight for the bike, the trailer, Rose, my luggage and myself is over 300 lbs, and 3 days in a row without a day of rest is frightening to me. But I chose to get to Quebec City today. Normand feels my pain and offers to bring me across the city with my equipment in his trailer. I accept his help gratefully and he saves me 13 km of stop and go, street lights and city traffic. So after our goodbye’s, it’s on the road again!
For some reason my gps is not cooperating and will not give me the appropriate route, so I go with what I remember from Google maps, until about 30 km’s later it decides to kick in. Ouf… I’m exactly where I am supposed to be, but realize that today will still be a 107 Km day, and I am already hurting after 30. So I decide that it is what it is, and I am going to get there one km at a time. Rose is being a champ today, I think she really likes the harness instead of the collar. She has not cried once today and is now going in the trailer by herself when I ask her to.
Today I saw my first deer, he was peacefully crossing the street about one hundred meters ahead of me, until a car came from behind, he then ran across a soy bean field, it was a beautiful moment for me, and unfortunately I did not have time to get my phone out to take a picture…
At one point I am on a long stretch, thinking how am I going to get there, and something very simple but beautiful happened… I hear a car coming up from behind, an hear that it slows down, it drives up next to me, and there is a young couple in the car, looking at Rose and I, and they both smile at me and give me a thumbs up! It was exactly what I needed at that moment and it gave me an incredible boost of energy, reminded me that I was not doing this for myself but for the whole world to benefit from people helping each other out.
I speak to Sylvie, my sister, with 18 km to go to the Quebec Bridge, my right knee is killing me, and I am overall extremely tired. Jean my brother in law offers to come pick me up and we set up a meeting spot just across the bridge on the Quebec side. When I get to St-Nicolas, I see the bridges and I can now taste the finish line. It is such a beautiful moment for me, I want to capture it with a picture, unfortunately, my phone battery is dead… No picture.
Crossing the Bridge in itself is quite an adventure, the bike path is only 4 feet wide and trailer is about 3 feet wide, and that there are people coming from the other direction… so I meet about 15 people going across who have to stop, get behind their bike or lift it up in the air while they let me pass by.
I finally get safely to the other side, and found my brother in law waiting for me at the top of the hill… I made it!!!! 😉