We’re on a Youtube Video

Back in the spring, a friend heard about our biking adventures and suggested we should be part of a video series the local health unit was doing on active living. We agreed, and, what seemed like a very long time later were contacted to do an interview.

At the time, we just happened to be on a three day ride that covered theater in two nearby (100km away) towns. The video is taken on the afternoon of the 2nd day.

The other cyclists are our regular Friday morning cycling group. We meet with them year round for coffee and when the weather is favourable we ride together too.

So far, it doesn’t appear that our video is going viral.

Cycling Holiday 2

We are back home.  Only one of the places that we stayed at had readily available Internet access to allow updates to this blog as planned.

We had some adventures, were only nearly killed once (that we know of), saw some great country, an met a lot of really nice people along the way.

The “nearly killed” happened on the second last  day on our way into Alburg VT.  We had just spent some time visiting St Anne’s Shrine, a cool place with lots of history, which was a little off our planned path.  Shortly after getting back on the cycle route just over a hill on a narrow, relatively quite road, I heard a truck (think big truck) slam on its brakes right behind me.  It was actually right behind J.  I hit the ditch and the truck managed to miss both of us.  It felt close.

Our last two B&B’s were quite different.  Allenholme Farm B&B was on a working apple farm.  Ray and Pam were great hosts with a lot on the go.  They loaned us their car so that we could go out for supper at the Blue Paddle Bistro, a small restaurant that really did a great job.  They served us a nice white wine bottled under their own label by Snow Farm winery, the first vineyard in Vermont.  We visited the winery the next morning and carried a bottle of wine around for the rest of the trip.

Our last B&B was the Ransom Bay Inn in Alburg Center.  Alburg is not what I expected.  The map shows a number of Alburgs (center, south, north) giving a rather urban impression.  In reality it is a lot like North Huron, small things with a lot of not much in between.  The B&B also hosts a small restaurant and is run by two chefs, so, we did not need to go anywhere else for supper.  It was excellent.

The last day we traveled back into Quebec to the Alberg Harris.  I need to mention the roads.  It almost seems that Quebec wants your first impression of their province and our country to  be something from the third world.  The last 3 or 4 km leaving the country on highway 223 and the first 3 or 4 returning on 225 were awful.  The patches on the road have been patched.  The US side was smooth sailing most of the time.  About 4 km inside Quebec it did improve, but the US roads were still better (even the unpaved ones).

Our total trip was just about 300 km over 4 days with an average speed of 19.1 km/hour.  We both gained weight.

The drive home was slow.  Montreal traffic was messed up with construction.  The trip took over 9 hours.

Cycling Holiday

Well, we got away on another holiday.

This time we are cycling around Lake Champlain through parts of Quebec, New York, and Vermont.  Yesterday was a mind numbing 8 + hours of driving, mostly on the 401.  Toronto traffic was awful even though it was a Saturday.

We finally arrived in Saint-Jean-Sur-Richelieu about 30 km east of Montreal at what at first glance was a rather run of the mill hotel.   This hotel had sponsored the mapof the trip and had of course set themselves as the beginning and end.  It was rather ordinary , except for all the art and sculpture hanging around the place until we met the proprietress.  What a great lady!!!  She appears to be a little beyond retirement age and took care of us like we were her favorite people.  I think she does that with everyone.  While we waited to check in, she had a long conversation with a cyclist who was lost on his way back to the hotel.  Turns out that she is also a great supporter of the arts and all of the art and sculptures were real.

It rained overnight and was still drizzling when we were getting the bikes ready to go.  We hit the road about 9:30 and it stopped!!!  After lunch the sun even came out. 

This is our first experience with a border crossing on bikes.  We joined the line of cars (1) and pulled up to the booth (1) when called.  We were on our way in minutes.

87 km from our start we arrived at the Point Au Roche Lodge.  Another great spot.  Our room has a whirl pool tub, which really felt good after over 4 hours on the bike.  Really nice atmosphere and friendly folks running it.  It is near the Point Au Roche State park where we spent a couple of hours till it started to spit rain. 

It’s pouring now, but we are safe and dry.  Our only concern is: How will we get the half mile down the road to the restaurant if this keeps up?