Day 8: Hebertville to Jonquiere 46km
Thursday, August 27.
Light rain, cloudy with some sun. 20C.
We awoke to rain this morning. As we prepared to get an early start the rain intensified and we procrastinated leaving. Ate our breakfast in bed and watched the weather network hoping for a major plot twist. The rain lessened and we toughened up and left Hebertville.
It was still fairly warm out and we had our ponchos on so the light showers didn’t phase us by this point. We were excited to be arriving back at the car today, finishing one chapter of our journey and beginning another.
We stopped at a familiar rest stop for a snack.
The second half of our ride today was a bit of a struggle, but we persevered. Finally we had returned to Jonquiere and found “Kia” right where we left her.
After we loaded the bikes onto the car we drove to Chicoutimi to check out a bike shop. Then we crossed the bridge over the Saguenay River. We stopped in Sainte-Rose-du-Nord to see the Fjord. Spectacular!
Then we stopped in Tadoussac to see where the Fjord empties into the St. Lawrence. Next stop Les Escoumins where we were planning to catch the 8pm ferry across the St. Lawrence to Trois-Pistoles.
Turns out that we misread the schedule and there was not an eight o’clock sailing. Tomorrow’s 9:45am sailing is already sold out too. So we stop to think. We decide to keep driving to Forestville and hope to reserve a place on the ferry to Rimouski for tomorrow. We were able to book online and will be sailing tomorrow afternoon.
We found a place to stay and a grocery store for our supper. All of this bicycling and driving is tiring and we are happy to be back in bed. The next leg of our journey will begin tomorrow. Nova Scotia here we come!