Summer 2015: The Family Route

Day 9: Forestville to Sainte-Flavie (by car)
Friday, August 28.
Sunny with clouds and a west wind. 21C.

Both of us caught up on some quality sleep last night and we enjoyed puttering in our room once we got up. We ate breakfast in our room before packing the car. Then we drove down to the ferry dock to wait for our boat.

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We took a walk on the beach as the tide was rolling in.

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Both the water and sand felt good on our feet and the smooth red rocks were a pleasure to walk on.

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We had just enough time to have a picnic lunch before the ferry arrived.

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The crew packed our vehicles onto the ship like sardines and then the catamaran style boat took off quickly. The further offshore we got the bigger the swells were and the stronger the winds were. There were a few times that we had to really hold on.

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The our long crossing had us on the south shore in Rimouski by 3pm. Once we were back in the car we decided to take a side trip to revisit  “The most beautiful bike path in the world”. It was June 2013 when we first encountered this part of the Route Verte. Three of us were riding to the Gaspe Peninsula and it was raining and foggy that day. Because we were in the neighborhood, Mom and I decided to check it out again.

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From the 226m lookout…

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we could actually see the north shore this time.

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This part of the trail is beautiful, but it is also very challenging to ride. The 5.5km section that we rode had huge, steep inclines and descents. We tend to prefer beauty in it’s flattest form.

All of this extra activity was to ensure healthy appetites so that when we arrived at our favourite restaurant – La Rose des Vents – in Sainte-Flavie We would be ready to eat. Our plan worked and the food was as delicious as we had remembered. We walked back to the motel in the fresh sea air.

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