Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Ride To See The Falls

Chuck was busy last night creating additional routes for riders to choose from today. Four routes were on tap for today, all  heading past the Montmorency Falls which is just 15 minutes by car and a bit longer by bike to reach from town. The claim to fame is that the height of the falls is greater than Niagara Falls. Though not as spectacular as Niagara Falls, it is worth the stop. We stopped at the visitors center, but there is a lot more to see.

After the falls, we had to travel across the Île d'Orléans Bridge that spans the Saint Lawrence River between the Beauport borough of Quebec City and Île d'Orléans (Orléans Island)There was was construction on the bridge and in the confusion, Carol (one of the riders) took a spill and gashed her arm. she returned to the falls visitor's center where Marnix took her to a hospital for treatment.

The rest of the group completed crossing to Orléans Island where we headed to the southern tip of the island where we stopped for coffee and snacks.

The day was warm and clear and after coffee we took in a beautiful view of Quebec city from the Southern tip. As we rounded the Southern tip and worked our way up the Eastern side there were several climbs that we encountered. Not too bad, but sometimes enough to make you catch your breath. The roads were mostly tree covered with lots of shade.

At the 27 mile mark, we took a hard left hand turn to cross the island to the west coast. Upon reaching the western edge we stopped at restaurant for lunch.

The trip home was into the wind and at the beginning the roads were brand new and smooth. So new in fact we caught up with the road crew that was laying down new asphalt. Then it was time to cross the bridge again. This time it was not as bad. The construction crew was mostly done for the day and we had a better expectation of the road conditions.

After exiting the bridge we returned to the bike path where we push through the wind to Quebec City and after a couple of missed turns, made it back to the hotel.

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