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This ride was quite an ambitious project for me. It would be the first time I had gone solo for so many days, and so far from home, in many a year. I had great trepidations about crossing 100km of empty, mountainous country, but with careful planning and the Lord's help, I managed it. I was thus able to tie together two separate rides that I had been dreaming about since my first visit to the region: Riding around Lac Saint Jean and descending the canyon of the Mauricie. The day-long ride on a vintage train though the wilderness was an added bonus. Staying in B&Bs all the way, I met many nice and interesting people. It was a great ten days and I felt a great sense of accomplishment as I rode down my home street at the end.
|Lac Saint-Jean Drive||Lac Saint-Jean Drive|
|[Summary of Ride (Serialized earlier in Saint-Ansgar's Messenger)]|
|00 Planning & Preparations||Planning & Preparations|
|01 Friday, May 20, 2005|| Montreal to Rivière à Pierre
Rivière à Pierrel to Jonquière
|Sunny- Cloudy- Rainy|
|02 Saturday, May 21, 2005||Jonquière to Alma||Cloudy- Rainy|
|03 Sunday, May 22, 2005||Alma to Péribonka||Cloudy- Rainy|
|04 Monday, May 23, 2005||Péribonka to Saint-Félicien||Cloudy- Rainy- Windy|
|05 Tuesday, May 24, 2005||Saint-Félicien to Chambord||Sunny|
|06 Wednesday, May 25, 2005||Chambord to Lac Bouchette||Sunny|
|07 Thursday, May 26, 2005||Lac Bouchette to La Tuque||Sunny- Cloudy|
|08 Friday, May 27, 2005||La Tuque to Grand-Mère||Rainy|
|09 Saturday, May 28, 2005||Grand-Mère to Berthierville||Rainy|
|10 Sunday, May 29, 2005||Berthierville to Home||Sunny|
My Lord Jesus Christ, receive my thanks for his constant companionship, help, guidance, and protection, without which I would never have been able to accomplish what I did.
May my dear wife, Sheryl receive my thanks giving me support on this project, even though she was not really in favour of my heading off alone.