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Day 5: Annie Campsite to Causapscal

09.08.2017

The most difficult day started very nice 🙂 I have to admit that temperature comfort was much better than in the previous day. It was around 13 C 😉 I packed my staff quickly, had a nice talk with a young mum (in a washroom 😉 who used to bike touring before having kids. I made a delicious coffee and run quickly to the beach to see the sunrise. I spent a couple minute delighting in the morning and pictures view.

 

But no time to waste, the road is calling…I jumped on my bike and start pedaling…it was foggy and heavy clouds were just waiting to release water. I made a short break at a gas station. I bought some candies and snacks to refill my fuel. At this point, I left a busy highway leading to Gaspe Penisula, thinking that I left hills behind…I was wrong 😛 Suddenly, out of the blue I faced the first hill…stopped..took of a few layers of my clothing hoping that it is the only one, so terribly steep hill on my way…but it was just the first of maaannnyyy :))

 

Alone in the middle of nowhere…foreign country…just a forest and you, sometimes you can only hear a chainsaw and see crazy log trucks rushing without any cares. It can be scary. How to survive? The is only one method. Don’t think! Enjoy, even when is hard. Turn on your radio and pedal harder.

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Why? Because there is a small secret: after every uphill is a downhill (remember about having good breaks) and the most important for me…incredible, breathtaking views, which appear around the corner or on the top of the hill. It is worth to do all this effort in order to see it an be so close to nature. It is an unforgettable feeling.

Overall I was strong! I didn’t cry…but only at the begging 🙂 oh but everyone cries!

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The road quality was pretty bad so I took a few breaks to rest and play with Minion – a good excuse to make a break 😛

I started crying at the end of the day though! When my energy evaporated due to lack of calories what I figured out after dinner. I just stopped and couldn’t go farther I could only cry..seeing that I missed the campsite…

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Finally, I reached Causapascal very well known from salomon fishing. I met a guy from the local museum who told me a few words about this place. I was nice to talk to someone. More information: https://www.quebecoriginal.com/en-ca/listing/things-to-do/heritage-sites-and-attractions/museums-and-historic-sites/site-patrimonial-de-peche-matamajaw-1172878

When I found the campsite, I was exhausted, my brain was working really slow and it took me about one hour to choose a spot! I stayed at a tiny river which was lovely and scary the same time. They told me that there only rabbits, no bears, so I could sleep tightly. I remember that morning was freezing cold, around 6C.

I made 92 km being disappointed that I couldn’t do more. Today I think it was a lot, I had a knee pain, my bike was nonprepared for hills and I should be happy and proud of myself that I did it.

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I have to mention that I had a great support from my family and friends who track my ride every day and sent me nice messages (possible due to Garmin live track feature). Thanks a lot for that!!! It was unexpected and I loved it. It gave me strength and faith.

 

Day 4: Trois-Pistoles to Annie Campsite

08.08.2017

I started my day before a sunrise…8 C degree made the sleep impossible…going out of the tent even worst idea. What did I do? I found a nice warm corner at a campsite washroom 🙂 and spent there more than one hour searching for a place to stay over the next night. I was so scared of spending another cold night in a tent! Definitely being cold and tired caused foggy thinking. The sun came up…I had a nice, hot breakfast and coffee…day started looking better 🙂 This day  I saw for the first time what biking on the busy highway means. Despite wide shoulder, it was dangerous because of crazy truckers, not paying attention to the number of bikers killed each day 😛  The only once I wear my helmet! 🙂 I got rid of the highway I took a risk going to Bric National Park. I love these moments…when I am biking..reaching a corner or hill and..this breathtaking view appears in a front of me…this is the essence of bike touring or traveling overall. I said..took a risk…because the google map shows a tiny road in the park…but who knows what is it..turning back it would take additional time which I didn’t have. Anyway, the view was amazing. I was so happy I went there and explored this place.  Gorgeous beach, covered by huge stones; cottages, and hills…I found this microscopic road in the middle of a forest, thankfully suitable for biking 🙂 Riding was great but slow, so when I got to the paved road I decided to leave the park…yeah not that fast 😉 firstly I had to push my bike up to the crazy steep hill…the steepest I’ve  ever seen 🙂 I was on the way to Rimouski…hungry..angry Anna 😛  I had only one thought in my head: Tim Hortons…food 😉 I like Rimouski. It is a beautiful town with a long bayshore bike path. The sports store – my next point on the list “must visit:) Vacation without shopping?? No way!! 🙂 I had to buy warm clothes to survive Canadian weather! The fastest shopping in my life. Proud of myself and my another shiny idea, I asked a seller for pumping tires…now I know…not everybody knows how to do it! He didn’t have a proper pump, and released all air from the front tire! You don’t want to see my face at that moment, really! I gave him my little pump and he had to fix it! It was already pretty late, but charming weather and landscape…maybe even tailwind so I was pushing forward like a superman on a bike 🙂 I changed preliminary plans and went further to the north..to stay at Annie Campsite…I had to…so nice name 😛 I got there late so almost missed the sunset, unfortunately. The campsite was lovely, many people with children, campers, tents and clean.  After setting a tent and having a quick dinner, I run to the beach…but it was too dark to take a good picture, unfortunately…

Pobudka jeszcze przed wschodem slonca…bo 8C to warunki stanowczo spaniu niesprzyjajace! Wyjscie z namiotu jeszcze gorsze. Cieple schronienie znalazlam w obozowej lazience, gdzie przez okolo godzine wertowalam internet szukajac miejsca na kolejna noca. Przerazalo mnie ponowne spanie w namiocie w tek niskiej temperaturze. Zmeczenie i zimno nie pomogalo myslec trzezwo. Na szczescie, czas plynal, slonce wzeszlo, a ja zjadlam gorace sniadanie, poczulam sie lepiej. Tego oto dnia po raz pierwszy poznalam uroki pedalowania na zatloczonej trasie szybkiego ruchu! To byl pierwszy…i w sumie ostatni dzien kiedy zalozylam kask 😛 Szaloni kierowcy ciezarowek, chyba nie zwracali uwagi na liczbe potraconych rowerzystow w ciagu dnia 😛 Postanowilam uciec z tej trasy, skrecajac do Parku du Bic i podejmujac ryzyko koniecznosci zawrocenia. Na google map znalazlam droge przebiegajaca przez park ale nie mialam pewnosci czy nadaje sie do jazdy i czy w ogole istnieje.  Po prostu uwielbiam te momenty kiedy jade, niczego nie swiadoma, i z za rogu wylania sie przepiekny krajobraz, zapierajacy dech w piersiach. Chyba wlasnie te momenty sa esencja podrozowania, szczegolnie takiego ktore bardzo meczy, jak jazda na rowerze. W jednej chwili wiadomo po co sie to robi i mimo ogromnego zmeczenia, jedzie sie dalej…Park du Bic…przepiekny..plaze pokryte kamsztorami, ogromnymi glazami; domki letniskowe…i gory…zrobily na mnie niesamowite wrazenie! Odnalazlam sciezke widziana na googlach. Na szczescie byla zdatna do jazdy i bardzo przyjemna 🙂 Droga niestety ubywala powowli, wiec gdy dotarlam do pierwszej asfatowej nawierzchni postanowilam wrocic na trase…ale nie nie tak szybko! Najpierw trzeba bylo wepchnac rower pod najbardziej troma gore jaka w zyciu widzialam! Udalo sie! Glodna…majac w glowie jedna mysl: Tim Hortson 😛 ruszylam w strone Rimouski! Od razu polubilam to miasto…nie..nie dlatego, ze maja Tim Hortson 😛 maja tez przepiekna sciezke rowerowa tuz przy wybrzezu i olsniewajace widoki! Moim kolejnym celem na liscie “musze odwiedzic” byl sklep sprtowy! Niezbedne bylo zaopatrzenie sie w cieple ciuchy! Poza tym co to za wakacje bez zakupow 😛 Przy okzaji zapytalam Pana sklepowego czy napompuje mi kola w rowerze….szkoda byloby nie wykorzystac takiej okazji 🙂 Pan niestety..raz, ze nie mial sensownej pompki…dwa, ze z pompowaniem tez bylo nienajlepiej. Posiadal za to duza pewnosc siebie. Zaczal od spuszczenia calego powietrza z przedniego kola! Nawet nie wyobrazacie sobie mojej miny! Dalam mu moja pompke, ktora byla o niebo lepsza od jego, i kazalam pompowac! Czas lecial, a do mojego pola namiotowego bylo jeszcze cale mnstwo kilometrow. Na szczescie zrobilo sie cieplo, a ja pchana przez wiatr pedzilam niczym supermen 😀 Tego dnia zmienilam nieco poczatkowe plany jadac dalej na polnoc Kanaday na Kamping Ani 🙂 Nazwa byla zachecajaca. Dojecham dosc pozno, ale miejsce okazalo sie bardzo sympatyczne podobnie jak ludzie, ktorych tam spotkalam. W ostatnim momencie pobieglam na plaze zobaczyc zachod slonca…ale na ladne zdjecia bylo juz za pozno 😦

 

 

 

 

Short movie from my trip

The only one movie I made on my big trip…after a few tries…I gave up…saving my life…. I need more practice of biking and making movies the same time…otherwise is easy to die under tracks wheels 😛  or maybe I need a better equipment and skills 😛 🙂

Jedyny filmik jaki nakrecilam podczas mojej wprawy…uznalam, ze krecenie filmikow i jazda na rowerze, w moim przypadku nie ida w parza 😛 Nastepnym razem przgotuje lepszy sprzet i popracuje nad technika 🙂

Road Signs

I collect road signs…oh no, not a real one… I don’t have space and it would be illegal…just photos 🙂 It is amazing what you can meet sometimes. So, if you see an interesting road sign, take a photo and send to me. I will publish it here with your name 🙂 We will make a nice collection 🙂

Przemierzajac wiele km na rowerze, zaczelam robic zdjecia znakom drogowym 🙂 Niektore sa naprawde ciekawe 🙂 Zamierzam rozwijac moja kolekcje, takze jesli zobaczycie ciekawy znak drogowy – zrobcie zdjecie i przeslijcie do mnie! Udostpenie je tutaj razem z Twoim imieniem! Razem stworzmy ciekawa kolecje!

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Day 1: Going to Quebec City…by train?

05.08.2017 Saturday

All set… It is time to start! I was so nervous. I don’t remember last time I was so stressed out 🙂 There was some problem with panniers attachment to the bike rack. I was afraid that something can break down while I am biking. I should definitely try it a thousand times before the trip.  But I am so spontaneous 😉 In the middle of the June I figured out I want to bike to Prince Edward Island (PEI) alone. Quick decision. Three days later I bought a new bike, light touring bike Trek Crossrip 1. The perfect solution for me. I didn’t want a typical touring bike which is heavy and also very expensive. My bike is light and sporty but the same time equipped with all attachments I need for panniers and bags. 

Initially, I planned 3 to 4 weeks of vacation that I can cycle from Ottawa to PEI, and then to Halifax where I would able to catch a flight back. Unfortunately, because of some complications at my work, I had to change plans. I was not sure if a can go up to two days before I went. So, you can imagine it was a crazy time. Finally, I got 2 weeks of vacation. I was so incredibly happy, especially that I packed panniers one week before, having a hope that my trip still can be done 😛

Only two weeks…the trip from Ottawa to PEI.. impossible, but from Quebec City…that sounded realistic. I spent quite a bit of time doing research regarding a bike transportation in Canada. I have been already known …it is not so easy thing. Why? Probably because of a car is the most popular conveyance in Canada.  There are intercity buses and trains but there are expensive and if you want to bring your bike, usually you have to pack it into a cardboard box. I find it is inconvenient for me, especially when I carry panniers and other heavy stuff.  I figured out that during the summer time, there are some trains equipped with bike racks 🙂 It was a good choice. There is only one per week going on the route Ottawa-Quebec City, but it matched perfectly to my plan. That was my first experience with Canadian train and I have to say very positive one. At the train station, my bike and pannier were checked in similar like at the airport way. The train was clean and comfortable. The trip took over six hours and I was terribly bored 😉

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When I got o Quebec City I was…hungry and still stressed out. I decided to have a nice dinner in an Italian restaurant…I had delicious chicken with mushroom sauce…mniam..and after that, I went to University du Laval where I booked a room. It was already very late. I took me around one hour to get there. I didn’t expect it is so far. The room I got was not bad, pretty old building but acceptably clean. Thankfully equipped with elevator 🙂 It was important! In the first day I realized how heavy is my bike and how difficult handelling can be! 🙂

Wszystko gotowe! Czas ruszac w droge! Nie pamietam kiedy ostatnio bylam tak zestresowana, chyba nawet wyjazd do Kanady nie byl tak stresujacym wydarzeniem 🙂 Rano, gdy zakladalm paniery na rower okazalo sie, ze hmm nie pasuja do bagaznika? Powinnam byla to sprawdzin milion razy wczesnej! Ale..ta moja spontanicznosc. Zacznijmy od prawie poczatku. W polowie czerwca, zdecydowalam, ze chce jechac sama, rowerem na Wyspe Ksiecia Edwarda. Trzy dni pozniej kupilam rower, lekki rower touringowy, Trek Crossrip 1. Nie bylo latwo znalezc taki typ roweru, ale to byl najlepszy wybor. Nie chcialam typowego roweru touringowego, ktory jest ciezki i drogi. Chcialam moc cieszyc sie szybkoscia i lekkoscia jazdy, oczywiscie po odpieciu calego sprzetu, ale ktory posiada wszystkie niezbedne zaczepy do panierow i bagazy.

Poczatkowo planowalam 3-4 tygodniowe wakacje i podroz z Ottawy do Wyspy Ksiecia Edwarda, a potem do Halifax gdzie mialam zlapac samolot do domu. Niestety, przez pewne komplikacje w pracy, dostalam tylko 2 tygodnie urlop i do samego konca nie bylam pewna czy w ogole pojade. Dopiero dwa dni przed podroza mialam pewnosc. Moje paniery spakowalam juz tydzien wczesniej, caly czas majac nadzieje 😉 Udalo sie…ale 2 tygodnie? to niemozliwe, biorac pod uwage, ze pogoda moze byc bardzo zla i nie bede mogla pedalowac.

Postanowilam skrocic moj plan i wystartowac z Quebec City. Dzieki temu oszczedzilam 4 dni drogi, ktora i tak wydawala mi sie malo ciekawa. Super, ale jak dostac sie do Quebec City z rowerem? W Posce wszystko wydaje sie latwiejsze. W Kanadzie komunikacja miedzymiastowa oparta jest glownie na samochodach. Oczywiscie sa autobusy i pociagi..samoloty, ale przewiezienie roweru najczesciej laczy sie z jego spakowaniem w pudelko – ostatnia rzecz na jaka mialam ochote, szczegolnie bedac samemu z calym tym sprzetem. Szczesliwie znalazalm jeden, sobotni pociag wyposazony w stojaki rowerowe (ale nikt trgo nie gwarantuje ;)), ktory dodatkowo swietnie wpasowal sie w moj grafik. To bylo moje pierwsze spotkanie z kanadyjskim pociagiem i musze przyznac bardzo pozytwne, czego nie moge powiedziec o kanadyskich autobusach – koszmar 😉 Rower i bagaze nadalam na tzw check-in zupelnie jak na lotnisku, co bylo bardz wygodne. Cala podroz zajela ponad 6 godzin i bylam koszmarnie znudzona, nie mogac wysiedziec w miejscu.

Po dotarciu do Quebec City bylam…glodna 🙂 Postanowialm pojsc na dobra kolacje, nabrac kalorii przed kolejnymi ciezkimi dniami 🙂 Do dzis pamietam smak grzybowego sosu i kurczaka…pozniej juz tylko ryz i tunczyk 😛

Nocleg zarezerowalam w akademiku w jedym z tamtejszych uniwersytetow (University du Laval). Nie sadzilam, ze dojazd zajmie mi godzine, wiec na miejsce dotarlam okolo polnocy. Budynek wygladem przypominal lata 60, ale na szczesice byl wzglenie czysty no wypozazony nieoceniona winda. Tak, pierszwego dnia zdalam sobie sprawe jak ciezki jest moj rower, szczegolnie po tym jak kilka razy upadl 😛