Leaving Quebec City
After spending the week-end at my sister’s house, it was time to get back on my bicycle. Monday was my niece’s Birthday and most of the family was there for the occasion ,so I got to say good-bye to them.
When I got up on Tuesday, it was raining as expected. My sister gave me a ride to the Quebec-Levis ferry. Rose and I got on the boat and I got to meet a really nice couple from Ohio who was also cyclo-touring , visiting Eastern Canada. We had a nice chat and took a few pictures. Seeing how much it was pouring rain, I asked one of the ferry workers if he had garbage bags I could have and I made raincoats out of them for both Rose and I. We got off the boat in Levis, the first km was up a steep hill, so rose got her exercise very early in the morning just like I did.
Then it was simply put, difficult… It went from rain, to heavier rain, to rain with head wind, and all that going uphill ALL DAY!!!! It never stopped! I tried to put the roof over Rose on the trailer and she would not tolerate it, she pushed it open 3 times, and the I gave up. The bad thing about that is that it rains inside the trailer and it keeps getting heavier. I was so wet and cold that I didn’t stop every hour like I usually do because I did not want to freeze to death. I eventually had to cause I needed to eat and since I could not find a spot that seemed appropriate, I stopped at a small vegetables selling hut on the side of the road, had a good chat with Nicole the owner, she let us in to get warm, and we got a few carrots from her. We had 53 km done out of 96. Needless to say, I was discouraged, and so was Rose, when it was time to go back in the trailer she tried to hide in the hut, I had to pull her in. So we got on the road again, and got the muscles warm again. My right me keeps telling me it does not like the 345 lbs it keeps pulling uphill. I stop again at a gas Station in St-Joseph, and I call Brigit. Brigit, is a volunteer at the Beauceville Animal Protection Society. We have been communicating since last week, and she offers to com and pick me up with their truck. An Angel sent from Heaven!
Not only did she come pick me up, she bought a lunch for me, took me to their office, I meet the whole crew, and visited their operation. It is amazing what they do with the budget they have, amazing people taking care of so many animals… After the visit she then drives me to St-Georges where I was staying for the night. If the world had more people like Brigit, it would be a much better place! Thank you! I will remember you for a very long time!