Day 65: Tiger Lilies and the Hudson

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A long day started with a bye bye to Liz and regrouping in the Walmart parking lot to meet Kimberely, Deputy Minister of Health and Wellness. Although we tried to request meetings, rallies and funds, it all fell short and we were very disappointed by the government's lack of participation. All those at the trough were concerned about the cabinet shuffle and their time off. Kimberely was nice and left with a couple of Enough is Enough souvenirs.

We were helped by a SW wind today and made good time along the back roads. Only a tiny sign marked the Quebec border so we continued on without snapping a photo. The countryside didn't change, corn and wheat and hayfields, cattle and dairy farms, but we did notice a drop off in the major fast food joints, most eateries going to mom and pop ownership. Quebec's provincial flower is the Blue Flag Iris, but given the abundance of Tiger Lilies, I was surprised as these grow wild in the ditches and valleys. They are everywhere. Before long on my run the farmlands gave way to a shaded drive along the Hudson River. It was a beautiful drive, not unlike Marine Drive in West Van. and we admired many lovely gated estate homes mostly built of stone.

Cross town riding became difficult especially in rush hour, so safety being first, I jumped in the Mothership and we all crawled through traffic to our KOA campground in South Montreal. This KOA also had a pool that is a boon to all who sweat and cycle. After a refreshing dip and a cool shower we fired up the Webber and enjoyed a meal outside until some of Quebec's finest mosquitoes decided to join the party. Their buzzing has a distinct French accent and they bite like they want to separate with a pint of your Anglo blood in tow.

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