Day 112 Batiscan to St Augustin, Quebec - Grampies on the Go - CycleBlaze

August 20, 2011

Day 112 Batiscan to St Augustin, Quebec

We got up a little before dawn and were ready to go in the earliest light

The elaborate campsite installations st Batiscan Marina
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The Marina at Batiscan
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The dangerous bridge in the clear light of dawn.
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The next two to three hours were absolutely idyllic. There were virtually no cars on the road, which was flat and with a generous shoulder. We had farms on either side, often with the lovely typically French styles, and towns similarly with typical houses and stunning churches.

A unique tandem just standing in front of a house. The "ladies" seat is in front, so clearly the lady is in front directing while the man provides the power from in back. Typical!
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Idyllic farm scene
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Auberge has "Welcome Cyclists"
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This is the place. It looks like it would be fun to stay there.
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The church of Ste Anne de la Perade
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An interesting directional sign in front of the church
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A street in Ste Anne
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Roof detail. Roofs here are usually metal and normally silver (painted, I think).
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Another "Welcome Cyclists"
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Sign detail
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Around 7:30 we found a pair of ladies just setting up their fruit stand. Unlike others, it had only apples. This figures, because it was in the middle of an apple orchard.

This apple lady near Grondines talked up a storm. Dodie was able to keep the chatter going. The lady gave us 2-3 dozen apples for $1.
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Inside the apple lady's stall
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Apples on the tree
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and apples on the stand. Apples, apples!
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Across the street, this shrine
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The shrine seemed part of the grounds of a house
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The ride continued to please as we came upon a pair of bread ovens. One had obviously been fired the night before, but still had a good fire. It was being fanned by a blower.

Just down the street, this bread oven being fired!
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This other one was in reserve.
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The church at Grondines. Technically, this is the Eglise Saint Charles-Barromee.
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These recumbent riders blew by.
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A wall of green across the road.
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The big bicyclers rest stop did not open until 9.
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Rest stop near Grondines
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An old mill in a small valley near Deschambault
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What it means to get steamrollered.
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The river at Grondines
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Dangerous looking shoals.
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Deschambault
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Dodie happened to turn her head and spotted a farmers' market. That called for a hard right! At markets in BC, Montana, and elsewhere there is certainly lots of good stuff. But at this market the vendors often wore white chef's outfits and their stuff was not just good and wholesome, it screamed "gourmet". What other markets offer wine tasting, with baguettes and artisanal cheeses nearby?

Dodie spotted this farmers' market at Deschambault
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The chocolate lady
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Chocolate covered blueberries!
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They had gourmet rhubarb cordial for sale!
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Wine tasting.
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Dodie tries the blueberry wine.
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Here is the license to sell alcohol - that would boost BC markets!
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Blueberry pies.
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Sort of drinking and driving
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Suddenly Dodie is in there tight with the wine lady!
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Just down the road the church was open to visitors. A provinciual tourism rep was on hand to answer questions and we found she knew her stuff (as least as far as we could make out, understanding as we did about 65% of her answers to us.)

The church at Deschambault - St Joseph
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Inside the church. They use lots of images and statues and gold paint and stuff.
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Stained glass windows
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Jesus
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Another window
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We lit a candle for our parents.
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The confessional - we don't need it!
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Instructive paintings. I learned that Mary came to see Jesus as he carried the cross. He also got a boost from another guy (I will need to look it up).
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The organ. This one was made by Samuel L Warren and Son, a U.S. company.
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A view of the church from the top floor.
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At the market we spotted a bike with another mascot.
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It was a tandem pulling a double wheeled trailer
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The riders were Gary and Letitia from Switzerland. They were heading for Toronto
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Thanks to the market, our pantry is looking good.
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We had learned to evaluate matters each time either the Route Verte or the Chemin du Roy called for a deviation from highway 138. This time, we decided to go with it, and found ourselves in a park like setting that turned out to be the actual village of Cap Sante.

A friendly speed limit sign just after the Chemin du Roy took a sharp right.
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We were unsure if we had entered a road or a park, but it had this nice picnic table
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Our lunch at Cap Sante
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The view from our table
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The label of our local cheese
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The picnic site at Cap Sante
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Down the road, another park like area had this bread oven
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The park itself was beautiful
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The street continued, and looked like this
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Every house turned out to be a historic site and had a sign in front of it
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House at Cap Sante
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Cap Sante
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Cap Sante
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Cap Sante
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Cap Sante - look at the treatment of the columns
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The last house on the mystery road
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Oh, now they tell me - claimed to be the most beautiful street in Canada
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After Cap Sante some hills led up to Donnacona. A shock here was a section of McDonalds/Canadian Tire hell. Fortunately the road soon returned to rural lovliness
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Sometimes an interesting but common feature of the surroundings escapes mention. Here (on the whole Chemin du Roy, but also) approaching Neuville there were many many fruit stands, have a look at some:
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Fruit stand #2
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Fruit stand #3
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Fruit stand #4
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Hey, that last one, run by Marius! Not at any of these, but at one of many more I bought a basket of blueberries and inhaled them almost single handed.
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Another ubiquitous thing was bike riders, 100% of whom were dressed as for the Tour de France. We encountered at least 30-40 independent cyclists. Then these guys blew by. Clearly Dodie is losing any race that may be on.
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Later, this hoard (and more) came steaming along.
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They had a police escort and chase camera.
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Well this is sort of it - the official boundary of Quebec City. We of course will cycle further East to reach the actual citadel.
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We stuck with 138 because Google had told us it lead to a campground.
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The bluffs of Levi, across the river
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St Augustin de Desmaures was our target for the day. It is close to Quebec City and has a campground that offers a shuttle into town.

I dreamed I saw St Augustine.
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Good statue at the church of St Augustin
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The cost was about $26 and we signed on for two nights. The place has lake frontage and a mixed community of tenters, chalets, and RVs. There is also a small restaurant and a depanneur on site. More about the site tomorrow. One thing, we bought a can of Grape Crush and boy did it taste great. We could have drunk 2 litres. Despite having used about 6 bottles of water during the day, we are still dehydrated. The nights here are cool, a real blessing, but mid day on the bike is still a hot affair. Oh well, tomorrow is a "rest day" seeing the whole city of Quebec!

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