Day 139: Riviere du Loup to Degilis

There’s a pathway that extends all the way from Riviere du Loup to Edmunston, and we had heard good things about it, so today we decided to take it. From the moment we left the campsite however we seemed to go uphill. Having ridden through town to reach the campground the night before we knew this would be the case at least to leave town. We climbed and climbed, very steep grades, before things seemed to level out a bit and we reached the beginning of the path.

The path is made of crushed gravel and wasn’t too difficult for cycling. However, there was a slow and steady climb for nearly the first 50km it seemed, and combined with the gravel, made for very slow cycling. Otherwise there is absolutely no need to complain about this pathway. Though it was a rail trail, it had many turns and the climbs did distract from the sometimes monotonous riding. We road mostly through forested areas, and every 10km or so there seemed to be a rest stop with a couple picnic tables, a toilette, and even a couple spots which offered camping, a fire pit and a grill for cooking.

Late in the afternoon when we reached Témiscouata-sur-le-Lac we stopped for lunch. This was a great spot right on the lake. From here we rode along the lake until we reached Degilis. We had hoped to make it to Edmunston tonight but the slow riding didn’t make that possible, though still any 100km day is a good day.