July 28, 2008

7/28/08 Montreal, QC

82.1km/5485km

The one great thing about having a windy campsite, our tents were almost dry this morning despite the rain last night.

But it was shaping up to be a beautiful sunny morning as we set out on the bike path that followed an old canal. We saw a few people but for the most part, we had it all to ourselves.

Following the canal

After crossing two more bridges, each with shielded bike lanes, we were back on the roads that followed the waterfront. the little shopping areas in the villages reminded me of Europe, while the stately homes reminded me of Mission Hills back home.

Tin Horton's in French

Then we were on another bike path, this time following a working canal directly into Montreal. I just couldn't believe how many people were on the bike path during the weekday. Several times I almost caused major bike pileups just because I didn't know how to deal with all the cyclists, rollerbladers and joggers.

More bike paths right into the heart of Montreal

Tourist Information found us a room at the Hotel Elegant in the Latin Quarter (that was cheaper than the hotel we had in Winnipeg or Marathon, and had free internet too).

The city of Montreal is amazing, too much for my words to describe or pictures to do it justice. Everything feels alive, really alive. So many young people or young at heart. there are dedicated bike lanes on the major streets and they are used alot. Old architecture mixes with new. Maybe it's just overloading my senses.

We tried to go see a movie but it was dubbed in French. On the way back to the hotel we got hit by a thunderstorm and ended up hiding in a covered bus stop until it passed. Which is kind of funny!

Taking refuge at a bus stop during the deluge

Mike has a few errands to run on our day off tomorrow but mostly I think I'll just wander and take in the sights.

Here's our route so far: 5500km/3400miles