It is a bit sad to contemplate leaving the shore of the St Lawrence River and the Gaspe Peninsula but it is time to begin heading south to St John, New Brunswick. This is where my mother was born and so this is a kind of family pilgrimage.
From Rivière du Loup there is a dedicated bike path called the Petit Temis. It runs a full 132 km to Edmundston.
It follows an old rail line and has been beautifully groomed for cycling all the way. And little pavilions have been built for picnicking and places for camping have been created too.
Along the way, I pass a town with such a fun name.
The trail follows right along the shore of lake Temiscouata for about 40 km.
I go for a sunset swim and notice the cyclist tan line I am developing this summer.
Because I am not on a road, after finding a place to eat, I continue cycling well after sunset along the trail with a simple headlight. I make it to the New Brunswick Botanical Garden in St Jacques. I have a plan to find a corner of the garden to pitch a tent for the night.
When I enter the park around midnight I am met with two security guards in a golf cart. Much to my surprise they ask me if I want to camp there. I thought they were patrolling to keep people out of the park. So I set up the tent in a beautiful spot and settle in for a good night sleep.
Stats – for Tuesday 31 July 2012
Start: Rivière du Loup, QC
Finish: St Jacques, NB
Distance: 132 km
Time on Bike: 7 hrs 46 min
Average Speed: 17 km/hr
Distance to Date: 6,611 km