Bike Ride - Spring 2005:
Montreal to Lac-Saint-Jean by Train
& Return to Montreal via the Mauricie


Roger Kenner
Montreal, Qc,
Canada 2008

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Lac Saint-Jean Bike Ride - Spring 2005:
Day 10: Berthiervielle to Home
Sunday, May 29, 2005


Picture Key
Original Photos
Period Documents
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Period Document Composite
Trip Plan: Day 10: May 28

 

Berthierville Morning

I was up at 06:00 and packed by 07:00. I ate breakfast alone downstairs at the dining room table; the hosts did not eat with me, but only came in from time to time to serve from the kitchen. Obviously, there was not much conversation. The crepe was very good, but the syrup disturbed my broken tooth. The occasional shots of sharp pain worried me for a time, but they eventually subsided after an hour or so.
Cartotek Map
Berthierville to Lavaltrie
Road Map

Heading Homeward

I was on my way at 07:50. It was a hazy morning and the day promised to be a hot one. I saw the stacks of the factories in across the river in Sorel, silhouetted in the haze. Highway 138 leaving Berthierville ran right alongside the river. I came upon the spot where I had stopped and climbed down to the riverbank in 1990, the time when I had seen the storm front advancing from upriver.


 

Click to Enlarge (Taken with Nikon on 050529)
Berthierville: Morning Mist along River

 

Click to Enlarge (Taken with Nikon on 050529)
Berthierville: Sorel Factories in the Haze

 

Click to Enlarge (Taken with Nikon on 050529)
Berthierville: Sorel Factories in the Haze

 

Click to Enlarge (Taken with Nikon on 050529)
Along Route 132: Approaching the Powerplant at Tracy

 

Lanoraie

I reached the Lanoraie town line at 08:23. For long stretches, the highway continued right along the misty and calm waters of the river. I looked out for the spot where I had stopped in 1990, while cycling in the opposite direction, and descended to the rocky beach. I passed by the big thermoelectric plant at Tracy, on the far shore, by which I had cycled in 2003.

The morning mist was finally lifting from the rive. I heard the low thump-thump that I had learned the previous year to associate with the river's freighter. Though I could not yet see the ship, it would be my companion for some time, as it was only ascending the river slightly faster than I. It was only after about 30 minutes that I finally saw the ship.

Click to Enlarge (Taken with Nikon on 050529)
Welcome to Lanoraie

 

Click to Enlarge (Taken with Nikon on 050529)
Along Route 132: Across from the Powerplant at Tracy

 

Click to Enlarge (Taken with Nikon on 050529)
Along Route 132: Road Along the River

 

Click to Enlarge (Taken with Nikon on 050529)
Along Route 132: Road Along the River - Near 1990 Stop

 

Click to Enlarge (Taken with Nikon on 050529)
Along Route 132: Shoreline Near 1990 Stop

 

Excerpt from Account of 1990 Bike Ride:
...stopping for a break at 2:00, not too far before Berthierville. I had come upon a nice stretch of rocky beach, just below the embankment from the highway. I propped my bike and load up against a sign (For I could not lay it down.) and climbed down to the river's edge, where I had a candy bar and an orange juice from my basket. I stood and watched the boats go by, and got into the quiet and peaceful river mood for about 20 minutes. The view upriver seemed to vanish into a haze (the full signifcance of which had not yet dawned on me - but would quite soon.)

It was 09:00 when I reached the town centre of Lanoraie. I had been riding for about an hour, not counting breaks for photos and had covered 10km. I descended down to the town pier and have a look up and down river. Just downriver, on the far side, I could still make out in the mist the massive hulk of the thermoelectric plant at Tracy. As I took my break, The ship I had been hearing finally passed by, climbing upriver.

Click to Enlarge (Taken with Nikon on 050529)
Lanoriae: Shoreline from Town Quai

 

Click to Enlarge (Taken with Nikon on 050529)
Lanoriae: Shoreline View Eastward

 

Click to Enlarge (Taken with Nikon on 050529)
Lanoriae: Shoreline View Westward

 

Click to Enlarge (Taken with Nikon on 050529)
Lanoriae: Passing Ship

 

(Taken on Sorel Ride: July 14, 2003)
Lanoriae from Across the River

 

Lavaltrie

After Lanoraie, the road reverted to its quiet country status, as it continued to wend alongside the river's edge. I reached the Lavaltrie town line at 09:35.

Click to Enlarge (Taken with Nikon on 050529)
Welcome to Lavaltrie

 

Ten minutes later, I reached the centre of town, at 09:45. The church which marked the town centre overlooked a vast plain stretching down below the road and out to the river. The parking lot was full, as many were attending church.

Click to Enlarge (Taken with Nikon on 050529)
Lavaltrie: Church

 

Click to Enlarge (Taken with Nikon on 050529)
Lavaltrie: Shoreline Park in front of Church

 

Click to Enlarge (Taken with Nikon on 050529)
Near Lavaltrie: Factories of Contrecoeur on South Shore

 

Click to Enlarge (Taken on Sorel Ride: July 14, 2003)
Contrecoeur Smelter (2003)

 

Upon riding out of town, on the west side of Lavaltrie, I would encountered the first few blocks of suburban development, but then the road reverted to its country status, with the river on one side and the open farmers' fields on the other.

Cartotek Map
Lavaltrie to Montreal
Road Map

 

Saint-Sulpice

I was at the Saint-Sulpice line at 10:12. Soon after the road curved around a bend and I had an unobstructed view upriver. I could see the distant steeple, along the open shoreline, which marked the centre of the town ahead. Far off, I could just make out the big power lines that crossed the river into east end Montreal. Had it been a clear day, I might very well have been able to see all the way to the buildings of downtown and the mountain.

Click to Enlarge (Taken with Nikon on 050529)
Welcome to Saint-Sulpice

 

Click to Enlarge (Taken with Nikon on 050529)
Near Saint-Sulpice: Pick Your Own along River

 

Click to Enlarge (Taken with Nikon on 050529)
Near Saint-Sulpice: The Far Shore

 

Click to Enlarge (Taken with Nikon on 050529)
Near Saint-Sulpice: Along Route 138 by the River

 

Click to Enlarge (Taken with Nikon on 050529)
Approaching Saint-Sulpice

 

Click to Enlarge (Taken with Nikon on 050529)
Saint-Sulpice: Approaching the Church

 

Click to Enlarge (Taken with Nikon on 050529)
Saint-Sulpice: View Downriver towards Montreal
(Distant Powerlines visible through binoculars, and if one looks very closely)

 

Click to Enlarge (Taken with Nikon on 050529)
From Saint-Sulpice: The South Shore
Verchères Viewed across Les Iles de Verchères

 

I reached the church of Saint-Sulpice at 10:35. At this point, I was about even with the town of Verchères on the South Shore. I could clearly see the church steeple across the flat Iles de Verchères. A little later, at 11:00, I could just make out the buildings of distant Montreal through the haze.

Repentigny

I crossed the Repentigny line at 11:05. At that point, the road had left the riverside. The built-up area of town began almost immediately. What followed was a long, long ride through the town of Repentigny. It seemed like the town would never stop. The country road had become an urban boulevard. To my left was the river, just behind the thin line of businesses. To my right was a vibrant suburb, with lots of activity. I passed the old Dunkin' Donuts where I had stopped in 1990. It was closed now, and soon to vanish.

Click to Enlarge (Taken with Nikon on 050529)
Welcome to Repentigny

 

(Ville de Repentigny: 2005)
Repentigny Map
Repentigny Street Map

 

Click to Enlarge (Taken with Nikon on 050529)
Repentigny: The Dunkin' Donuts of 1990 Fame

 

Excerpt from Account of 1990 Bike Ride:
By the time I stopped at a the Dunkin' Donuts in Repentigny, I had already gone further east than I had ever been by bicycle. On my way over the bridge on the narrow sidewalk, I had hit the railing with my bundle, which had then come off centre and was making control of the heavy bike even more difficult. I had ridden through much of the town before the rain and my hunger began to get to me. The hot soup and coffee refreshed my spirits and I dried out a bit. I went back outside to where my bike was strategically leaned, for I had learned that parking such a heavy rig was an art. I re-packed the bike bundle, so it would not be off centre. I tightened the two nuts holding the rear carrier assembly off of the rear brake cables. This mechanism had never been designed for such a load, and this interference with the break cables was to be a constant headache. I went into the nearlby depanneur to buy some food supplies and liquids: Quaker granola bars and bottles of orange juice and Gatorade. It was 11:30 before I finally got on my way out of Repentigny.

When I began to feel near the end of my rope, I saw signs of the bridge ahead. I dropped into my tried and true Repentigny stop at Harvey's at 11:55. I had a burger, fries and a coke. It came with a free candy bar, but I knew my broken tooth would not be able to handle the sweets. Unbelievably, it was hard to give the candy bar away; no one trusted me.

My luncheon stop lasted 25 minutes, and ended with my checking in with Sheryl to give her an update: I estimated my arrival time to be 15:00, but it would turn out to be closer to 16:00.

Harvey's in Repentigny: Hamburger
Click to Enlarge (Taken from 2003 L'Assomption Ride)
Repentigny: The Harvey's at the Bridge

 

Montreal: Afternoon

I was on my way again at 12:20. I crossed the highway at the lights and found the familiar bike path along the Pont Le Gardeur. Although I had crossed this bridge many a time, on the Montreal side I would come in via Sherbrooke Street for the first time ever. Typically I would take either Notre-Dame to the south or Gouin to the north. Sherbrooke offered a wide, six-laned boulevard with new housing developements on either side. There were some short spans of parkland, and then I was into the suburban shopping malls of Pointe-aux-trembres. I had never known this far east to be so built up!
Click to Enlarge (Ville de Montréal Website)
Montreal: Bout de l'Ile
City of Montreal Borough Map

 

Click to Enlarge (Taken with Nikon on 050529)
Pont Le Gardeur

 

Click to Enlarge (Taken with Nikon on 050529)
Bout de l'Ile

 

Click to Enlarge (Taken with Nikon on 050529)
Panorama Eastward from Pont le Gardeur
[See Original Photo] [See Original Photo]

 

Click to Enlarge (Taken with Nikon on 050529)
Montreal: Sherbrooke East: Dairy Queen

 

Click to Enlarge (Taken with Nikon on 050529)
Montreal: Sherbrooke East

 

At 12:50, I passed by de la Rousselière and then a modern, complex interchange at which Boulevard Henri-Bourassa took off to the north. A short while later I passed by the top of end of a big green field underneath the massive East End power lines. I passed Boulevard du Tri-Centenaire and, 13:05, I passed Boulevard Jean-Baptiste and was near Montreal East.

Click to Enlarge (Ville de Montréal Website)
Montreal: Montreal East
City of Montreal Borough Map

 

At the Montreal East line, Sherbrooke reverted to its former two-laned status, if not its former traffic load. The pavement was all old and beaten up as the myriad cars and trucks tried to force their way through the tiny road. There were massive industrial complexes on both sides: Refineries and quarries. I passed the Carrière LaForge and remembered that the train had passed by the same quarry on the north side ten days earlier.

I made a stop at the Carrière LaForge from 13:30 t0 13:40. It made quite an impressive photo subject, especially the old-time stone buildings on the south side. The quarry was set off from Sherbrooke Street by an earthen berm, which had been groomed with trees and green grass to appear almost as park land. Upon leaving the area, I crossed Georges V, which marked the westernmost extent of Montreal East.

Click to Enlarge (Taken with Nikon on 050529)
Montreal East: Crossing on Route 132 (Sherbrooke)

 

Click to Enlarge (Taken with Nikon on 050529)
Montreal East: Factory Landscape

 

Click to Enlarge (Taken with Nikon on 050529)
Montreal East: Refinery

 

Click to Enlarge (Taken with Nikon on 050529)
Montreal East: Quarry

 

Click to Enlarge (Taken with Nikon on 050529)
Montreal East: Quarry

 

Click to Enlarge (Taken with Nikon on 050529)
Montreal East: Quarry

 

Click to Enlarge (Taken with Nikon on 050529)
Montreal East: Quarry Building

 

Click to Enlarge (Taken with Nikon on 050529)
Montreal East, Western Boundary: Avenue Georges V

 

Click to Enlarge (Ville de Montréal Website)
Montreal: Maisonneuve
City of Montreal Borough Map

 

Upon leaving Montreal-East, Sherbrooke returned at once to its wide, six-land, concrete-median divided self. At 13:45, I passed the Honoré Beaugrand Metro, the eastern terminus of the subway. Soon I was riding over Hwy 25 and past the Place Versialles Shopping Centre. I never knew that a huge cemetery stretched for several blocks, just one block north of Sherbrooke and east of Place Versailles. Such was the difference in travelling by bicycle; one noticed these things.

At 14:00, I was even with the Cadillac Metro station. I soon passed the giant pyramids of the Olympic Village. I passed the original Orange Julep on Sherbrooke East. Along the park across from the Olympic Stadium was a bike path, which provided a welcome respite from the six-lane traffic. Just west of Pie IX, I passed Collège DeMaisonneuve.

Click to Enlarge (Taken with Nikon on 050529)
Sherbrooke East at Honoré Beaugrand

 

Click to Enlarge (Taken with Nikon on 050529)
Sherbrooke East: Crossing Hwy 25

 

Click to Enlarge (Taken with Nikon on 050529)
Sherbrooke East: Approaching the Olympic Stadium

 

Click to Enlarge (Taken with Nikon on 050529)
Sherbrooke East: The Olympic Village

 

Click to Enlarge (Taken with Nikon on 050529)
Sherbrooke East: The Olympic Village

 

Click to Enlarge (Taken with Nikon on 050529)
Sherbrooke East: Bike Trail past the Olympic Stadium

 

Click to Enlarge (Taken with Nikon on 050529)
Sherbrooke East: Collège DeMaisonneuve

 

Click to Enlarge (Taken with Nikon on 050529)
Sherbrooke East: Orange Julep

 

(Ville de Montréal Website)
Montreal: Hochelaga/Maisonneuve
City of Montreal Borough Map

 

(Ville de Montréal Website)
Montreal: Hochelaga/Maisonneuve to Downtown
City of Montreal Borough Map

 

I came to the overpass of the CP tracks, which offered a brilliant, sun-lit vista of the lower town of the Hochelaga-Maisonneuve district.

Click to Enlarge (Taken with Nikon on 050529)
Sherbrooke East: CP Lines Looking North

 

Click to Enlarge (Taken with Nikon on 050529)
Sherbrooke East: CP Lines Looking South

 

Click to Enlarge (Taken with Nikon on 050529)
Sherbrooke East: Looking South at Amherst towards Clock Tower

Sheryl called me at 14:45, just as I was at the western end of Lafontaine Park, and just east of downtown. She asked me now much longer I would be and was surprised when I told her more than an hour.

Click to Enlarge (Taken with Nikon on 050529)
Sherbrooke East: Looking South at Berri

 

(Ville de Montréal Website)
Montreal: Across Downtown
City of Montreal Borough Map

 

At 15:00, I crossed Park Avenue and continued through downtown along Sherbrooke.

Click to Enlarge (Taken with Nikon on 050529)
Sherbrooke West at Guy

 

(Ville de Montréal Website)
Montreal: From Downtown to Home
City of Montreal Borough Map

 

When I came home to the fork between Saint-Antoine and Sherbrooke, I took my usual route home from work. It was a tough climb up the hill with all my gear, and I had to make a stop at the top of the hill to get my breath. After the hefty climb, it was a breeze coming down the far side of the hill into Notre-Dame-de-Grace. On a whim, I decided to ride on up the street before mine, Hingston, so as to correctly follow the traffic flow rather ride the wrong way up my own street. I ran into my former colleague Hoang, who was working out front of his house, and stopped for a few moments to chat with him. I do not think he comprehended the scope of the ride I was returning from.

Homecoming

I came on around the block and was greeted by Sheryl and Paula, who were outside waiting for me. Sheryl had covered our garage door with balloons as a welcome. I love her so much!

Click to Enlarge (Taken with Nikon on 050529)
Homecoming

 

Click to Enlarge (Taken with Fuji Digital (Sheryl) on 050529)
Montreal: Coming Home

 

Click to Enlarge (Taken with Nikon on 050529)
Homecoming

 

Click to Enlarge (Taken with Fuji Digital (Sheryl) on 050529)
Montreal: Coming Home

 

Click to Enlarge (Taken with Nikon on 050529)
Homecoming

 

Click to Enlarge (Taken with Fuji Digital (Sheryl) on 050529)
Montreal: Coming Home

 

Click to Enlarge (Taken with Nikon on 050529)
Homecoming

 

Click to Enlarge (Taken with Fuji Digital (Paula) on 050529)
Montreal: Homecoming Hugs

 

Click to Enlarge (Taken with Fuji Digital (Sheryl) on 050529)
Montreal: Homecoming Hugs

 

Click to Enlarge (Taken with Fuji Digital (Sheryl) on 050529)
Montreal: Homecoming Hugs

 

Click to Enlarge (Taken with Fuji Digital (Sheryl) on 050529)
Montreal: Homecoming Hugs

 

After the hellos and hugs and kisses, which including a re-staged photo-op, as I rode back down the street, I carefullunpacked and stowed my gear in the garage and then went inside for a well-earned bath.

I felt a great sense of accomplishment at having succeeded in my endeavor, and I thanked God for his help, protection and guidance!

Sheryl greeted me afterwards again, on the back terrace, with a scrumptious welcome-home supper.

Epilogue

I got up early the next morning and biked over to my dentist, Dr. Retter, who was kind enough to fit me in without appointment. He fixed the filling in my tooth (which had broken at the MacDonald's at Yamachiche). I biked to Costco, along the Lachine Canal, the same day, to drop off my photos for development.

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Prepared by Roger Kenner
October, 2008. lite-version: November, 2008