The rain decided to stop in Ottawa on Wednesday morning so we set off on route toward Kingston and arrived there later that night. There we met up with our good friend Javen Wilson and his family and spent a comfortable night at their house. We woke up once again to a sunny day and spent the morning touring down-town Kingston. Just as we were leaving, we made a quick decision to jump into Lake Ontario at a pier, where tonnes of people were also swimming. We ended up having so much fun that we didn`t get going on our bikes until 5pm. Nevertheless we peddled out 130km through Prince Edward County and on to Belleville, where we would eventually spend the night.
Friday morning we set off early toward Toronto on what would be our final day of cycling. By 1130 we were in Port Hope, having completed the first 100km of our trek home. As we continued on highway 2, we hit Ajax, Scarborough, and The Beaches, when finally we spotted down-town Toronto. We followed the CN Tower to a street-meat stand close to the Rogers Centre, where we took a moment to have a hot-dog and reflect on what we`d accomplished. Just as it got dark, we made our way up Yonge St and peeled off toward our respective houses. Amongst all this we had ridden a personal best day of 240km. We could not have asked for a better finish!
Total distance from St Johns to Toronto: 3523km
Just as quick as it began, our journey home has come to an end. At this time we`d like to thank all those who have supported us on this amazing trip. We cannot stress how much your encouragement has helped us to complete this amazing life experience. Thanks so much!
Jarett and Elliott
From Trois-Rivières we rode 180km into the heart of down town Montreal, where we met our buddy Jono Cottingham and and his amazing home cooking. We stayed the night at his apartment, and set off the next morning toward Ottawa.
We made it to Ottawa later that day and met up with Keegan Hardy, Victoria Bennett and Angela Schuegraf, some good friends from school. We`ve spent the last couple days here at Keegan`s student house, touring the city, rock climbing and being spoiled by great food.
We were all set to continue on to Kingston this morning, but a rain storm has prevented us from leaving. We`re still planning to get there within the next day or two. Hopefully the weather cooperates!
We`ve had another amazing few day in Quebec! From Notre-Dame du Portage, we began our two day cycle along the St Laurence, toward Quebec City. On Monday, we rode 145km, hitting little towns every 10km until Montmagny, where we finally decided to call it a night. The next day, we coasted the final 85km into Quebec City, where we were generously put up in the Chateau Frontenac by Sean Dewart. We took a much needed rest day, touring the old town with my mom, Marla.
For anyone who cycles, we cannot recommend those two days of riding enough. Its called La Route des Navigateurs (route 132) and it follows the St Laurence though tones of little towns, and amazing scenery.
Today we rode through a morning of rain toward Trois-Rivières. Thankfully the rain subsided around 1pm and we finished up the ride in the sun. Total distance: 169km. We`re hoping to get to Montreal tomorrow, and from there on to Ottawa in the next day or two.