I committed to the north coast of the Gaspe Peninsula today. Besides
that is how the wind blows. Going across the peninsula would have
been a headwind.
Today is Labor Day in Canada as well as the US but I can't see any
difference in traffic since I left Levis (across from Quebec) although
I saw a lot of traffic going my way today instead of against me as I
expected as not many people live out this way. But I justblooked at
the map and there is a cross peninsula road that goes out of
Sainte-Anne-des-Monts so maybe they are all that way. I'll find out tomorrow.
When I left Sainte Flavie this morning, I felt a "rumble" as I pedaled.
I thought that it could be the chain or it could be the bottom bracket.
It varied depending on the gear and the force that I put on the pedal.
At a gas station, I lubed the chain and the "rumble" went away.
I got into Matane so early that I decided to try for Sainte-Anne-des-Monts.
A few days ago, I looked at the map and though that Cap-Chats would be a
stretch and Sainte-Anne is pass Cap-Chat. Wonders of a tailwind. However
Matane is the dividing line between the flat coastal road and the hills,
although they are more the rolling type. A typical hill would be about a
half mile long and 7 to 11% but I did get a max of 13%.
I have heard, however, that the hills are steeper and more often further on.
The views of the St Lawrence are better than what I saw of the Great Lakes.
With the hills, I am getting cliffs which is more dramatic than beaches,
in my opinion.
The Statistics: 96.98 miles and 2272 feet of climbing (only 360 feet before
Matane - lunch) with a max of 13%.
Steve in Sainte-Anne-des-Monts, Quebec, Canada
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