Montréal to Granby.
Je suis desole, je ne parle pas français. Parlez vous anglais? This is becoming my mantra. (Though I actually just looked it up after 3 days of saying it wrong.)
Left out of Montréal this morning at 10am and it took me a good twnety minutes to find the Route Verte. Convinced I had built up a strong base and that adding sunscreen to my face, already broken out, (too many nutrigrain bars? Polyester sleeping bag pillow?) was a bad idea, I intentionally neglected to put sunscreen on. Well, I got burnt. Today happened to be the first day I was riding directly east. So, yeah.
The Route Verte starts out as basically a bike lane that takes you through the suburbs of Montréal, but the further you get from the city, the more it becomes rail trails that cut through farms, fields, and woods. I spent almost the whole day riding, finally stopping around 7:30 but with no real significant breaks. I managed to cover about 70 miles. I saw two woodchucks, one crane, and a jackrabbit. Plus great flocks of birds.
Granby, where I decided to spend the night, had little to offer in terms of campsites. But I did manage to find a pretty nice ‘gite en passant’, which is a bed & breakfast. Initially they wanted to charge me $72 but when I told them I didn’t want breakfast they knocked it down to $60. So ok.
The place is a house run by Camil and Ginette, a nice couple, I’m guessing in their fifties, who turned the bottom floor of their house into a guest suite. Ginette answered the door in her floral moo-moo and we attempted to converse, her English bad and my French non-existent. Luckily, Camil, her husband, a thin, quiet, reserved type, eventually showed up and he did the translating for both of us. For some reason they were very detailed about which key did what.
I took a shower and am feeling pretty good. I calculated that I have about 200 miles to Québec, which I could do in four easy days or three hard days. Given that the terrain is mostly flat I’ll push for 3 days.
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