Day 1 Westmount to Louisville

Title 2: windy ass day

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This is our bikes waiting for departure. Little did they know what was in store for them…

The day started well, a bit later than we wanted at 9am. Wind wasn’t a major factor at first and the ride off the island was decent. By the time we got to the east of the island though the wind was picking up, and we were getting a mild mist. Not too bad but any cyclist can attest that a headwind sure slows things down.

We got off the island and bumped into another cyclist at the lights. Little did we know we would cross paths later at a gas station and I would be able to help him as he needed one of those essential presta valve adapters. Then I was able to help out with how to use it right 🙂
So we were introduced to Guillaume, who, as it would be, was going the same way we were. Granted he was riding completely unloaded, and as the top photo shows we are carrying a about 50 lbs of gear each. Needless to say we slowed him down, but he was happy to ride along with us.
At this point the rain started in full force and the wind pushed even harder.

To make a long story shorter for 50km we suffered through gale force headwinds and crawled at 15-18kmph. Sore and exhausted we parted ways in Louiseville. Julie and I headed for our chosen camp site.

Finally the day starts getting better. The site owners were waiting for us (we were drenched and freezing) and set us up with a spot for $25. The also heated up common room and made sure the showers had hotwater. We were welcomed to shower, eat and relax in this area, dry our clothing. We stayed there for 3 hours and plan to have breakfast there too.
If ever you are in the area look for Camping & Marina Louisville. For their hospitality Julie and I give them 5 stars.

For now we are off to bed. Not many pics as weather was awful.

Tomorrow we expect another cold, WET, and windy day. For now some rest and we

tackle that problem tomorrow.

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