August 21 – 23 Parc du Bic to Amqui to Campbellton(Sugar Loaf Provincial Park) to Bathurst

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On Sunday evening, we were told about a ministry that is happening in Rimouski, that is called My Father’s House. An old church that was transformed into a café, and a ministry centre for the locals. They did an excellent job in transforming the building. We had our first rest stop there on Monday so that we could talk to the owner and enjoy the café.

The route was a quick ride with the wind behind us for the first part of the day. It was great to see some more art along the boardwalk along the St Lawrence Sea way. As well we went by a submarine museum and some lighthouses.  About halfway through the ride we turned away from St Lawrence to head toward New Brunswick.

It was amazing to see that some of the road shoulders with the bicycle allowance was better kept up than the main road.

Monday night we stayed in Amqui, where the mayor of the city greeted us, and wanted us to participate  in a tree planting ceremony. The reason for this was that our group was in town as well a person who was promoting support to help other paralitics in Quebec. He was crossing Quebec in his wheel chair promoting the issue and raising funds. The mayor of Amqui, an exuberant man, is all about promoting charities and befriending people. He gave us a large official city book to sign. He requests this of all the groups that come through town.

On Tuesday we left Quebec to enter into New Brunswick, most of the ride reminded some of us of northern Ontario with rolling hills and rock cliffs on the side of the road.  We only biked 8km into New Brunswick today. We ended the day at a Provincial Park called Sugar Loaf, which is camping and mountain biking during the summer, and skiing during the winter.

Wednesday was a fast day of riding, we had the wind on our back for most of the ride, but the terrain was mostly rolling hills. It was great to be biking beside the Nepisiguit Bay for the first half of the ride, then we started to ride more inland, to cross a part of New Brunswick.

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