Hills and Sun

60.4 km in 4h25

We made it to Quebec City, or at least to the suburbs after a relaxing morning in the campsite. Becky spent some time writing, and I read and relaxed. This meant we didn’t get a very early start, we began riding shortly after 11 am.

As we approached Quebec the hills increased. We had noticed the introduction of a few hills yesterday about 10km outside of Portneuf. Totally was mostly hilly with a couple pretty brutal hills. One was at least a 15% grade (shortly after it hit 15% Becky started walking her bike and was no longer moving fast enough for her GPS to register the grade). This made for some beautiful vistas across the St. Lawrence. The light wasn’t great, so I didn’t stop to take pictures, which I now regret. I need to remember the saying “the best pictures are the ones you actually take”.

We only stopped briefly for lunch (hummus and pita for Scott, bagel and almond butter for Becky), but it started to rain (mostly just spitting). It is unpleasant to sit in the rain, so we got back on our bikes and rode. It didn’t rain for long, and only spat a couple more times during the day. Not enough to worry about getting wet or putting on wet weather gear.

By the time we reached the Quebec City suburbs, we were both beat, although Becky admitted it more readily than I did. We stopped in Cap Rouge below the long rail trestle for a second lunch and rest, before tackling the monster climb up Chemin Ste. Foy.

More French is coming back to us, and we are able to function most of the time in broken French, although we do need to regress to English now and then. By the time we reached the Info Centre at the Pont Pierre Laporte (across the St. Lawrence), we were tired enough that our French was pretty limited, but Becky managed to get us a lovely (and inexpensive) room in a nearby B&B with a combination of French and English. Our bikes are settled in the garage for the night, and we have a large, quiet room.

Elevation Profile
Speed Profile

Partdistance Parttime Partspeed Distance Time Speed
0.000 km 0s 0.000 km 0s
10.032 km 40m 08s 15.00 km/h 10.032 km 40m 08s 15.00 km/h
9.994 km 48m 54s 12.26 km/h 20.026 km 1h 29m 02s 13.50 km/h
9.983 km 1h 09m 55s 8.57 km/h 30.009 km 2h 38m 57s 11.33 km/h
10.002 km 47m 19s 12.68 km/h 40.011 km 3h 26m 16s 11.64 km/h
10.004 km 1h 01m 56s 9.69 km/h 50.015 km 4h 28m 12s 11.19 km/h
9.383 km 2h 32m 53s 3.68 km/h 59.398 km 7h 01m 05s 8.46 km/h

1 thought on “Hills and Sun”

  1. Scott (aka Becky impersonator) – we got cut off on msn just as I was asking you where we could meet up with you for the weekend (on your way to Rimouski)…. or maybe that was a subtle slight….hmmm, probably not. Well, we’re sorry to have missed you and hope that you have a good rest of the way around the world trip. We’ll be keeping up with your posts and seeing how it’s all going. Ride safe! JRAA

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