Yes again I have a clear cool morning with bright sun shining. The road is 302 into Portland here it’s a 2 lane hwy with a full lane shoulder. My brother in law Paul and his wife Linda meet me. Enjoyed my lobster dinner. I have much to thank them for. For one thing it was a real struggle to get the bike in the box. Never has a bike box fitted so much stuff. Thanks you Paul and Linda for making the finish line such a welcomeing place. Enjoy the boys and Ambers Company. This is the last blog thank you all for or encouragement. It helped me through each day.
What a cold clear morning! I was on the road as the sun was just clearing forested hills. Soon I was on route 16 following a river south. It was quite but for a loon calling on the river. That why I enjoy morning rides. When riding through Gotham they were ready to start a parade and everyone had their lawn chairs on the curb. At Bethel I tried following a route from google maps for bikes. Well when most the roads name has the word hill in it going to be a workout. So that is how the last 25 miles went. I rode 93 miles today and only 42 left for tomorrow. Yes almost done. Good night
It was clear and the sun was just up its looking like a great day. Headed out and an noise on my crank keep clicking. I figured it out last night while cleaning the crank. A nut worked loose and it needs a special tool to tighten it. Two bike shop latter not fixed. 1 the mechanic was not coming in till noon. The other was out on a bike ride. Maybe its my fault ,since 1st grade teachers couldn’t make me sit still. I got to move on. Maybe tomorrow I will find a shop open with a mechanic or tools for sale. Any how getting back in the US was successful but it was close. No 67 year old rides across Canada I was told. Yet Quebec was the greatest but Ontario there out to kill cyclists. There roads are designed to do it. Any how home in US. Big day tomorrow crank some miles. Look for a bike shop. 65 miles today. Not long it’s over.
My good friends at the campgrounds made coffee for me and I got a good start. The biking trails are just remarkable here. All the way through Montreal and to Waterloo then the get rough but well marked down to Magog. Magog is like Lake Geneva but the cyclists every where. I never guessed I was going to ran into this. 63 miles today,to many distractions. Getting by with no French.
Got off real early today in the heavy fog looking for Prescott Russell trail, my way to Montreal area. What a relief riding the trail was. It took some google mapping to get me there but then. No worries no navigating no cars just riding in the fog. The sky stayed gray and the fog slowly lifted. Something was it right I noticed. I wasn’t keeping the speed I should and I was rolling like a marble on glue paper. After 5 days of rain the trail was getting soft out in the lesser used area. I switch to the paved roads and one followed closed to the trail. It also goes past a brew pub which I had to taste the culture as it started to rain. And it rained all afternoon till I got a motel. Then it stopped. 87 miles just out side of Montreal. Good night.
Got a early start with rain in the forecast and gray skies. Stopped in Arnprior for a bit. I came out of the Tim Hortona and it started to rain. I worked the back roads into Carp, a small town with the best raspberry pie I ever had. In to the rain some more on some delightful roads. Then. Ran into a 4 lane hwy with stop Lites and strip malls and all you hate to ride in. Working Google maps I was able to find my way to a bike path,that lead to the river path that leaded me right down town Ottawa. It was a joyful ride on a rainy day. Moteling tonight. 63 miles goodnight