Day 8: Sainte-Luce, QC, to Trois-Pistoles, QC

After such a grueling day, I was rewarded the opportunity to spend the night and the next morning with my mother’s aunt and uncle, Rhéal and Gemma Desrosiers, in Sainte-Luce. They used to run a bed and breakfast in their place, and, as a grand nephew they met for the first time, I was treated grandly indeed: this must be the heartiest of all the hearty meals I’ve had in my lifetime, and what a breakfast it was. Pancakes with caramel and chocolate and maple syrup, blueberries, strawberries, cookies… name it, I had it.

Aunt Gemma and Uncle Rhéal

Aunt Gemma and Uncle Rhéal

I was supposed to leave at 1 pm, but the food kept my busy until 3 pm… or so. I left, finally, but my stuffed belly didn’t keep me from cycling my way. I passed by Rimouski, a quaint little town with a beautiful waterfront. I passed by Le Bic, and went through several nice hills — I actually enjoyed going through them. I had the view of the St. Lawrence River, which was gradually narrowing down.

Leaving Sainte-Luce

Leaving Sainte-Luce

After Rimouski

After Rimouski

Going through the hills at Le Bic

Going through the hills at Le Bic

I finally arrived in Trois-Pistoles, with such a gorgeous view of the water — it was unbelievably calm, with such a splendid mirror effect that gave me shivers when I first saw it. I looked for my Uncle Yves and Aunt Dominique, who were meeting me there, after having searched for them for a while. It was so reassuring to be in the presence of family two days in a row. Support is crucial in whatever pain we’re experiencing in our lives. I felt totally supported — I really felt at home with them, which gave me even more courage to go on with my journey, especially because my uncle is going to cycle along!

 

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4 thoughts on “Day 8: Sainte-Luce, QC, to Trois-Pistoles, QC

  1. Thank you to Gemma and Rhéal Desrosiers for your wonderful welcome and generosity and for putting a few pounds on Daniel.

  2. So glad you’re so courageous and thinking about those of us who live with chronic pain 24/7. I really hope the media follows you too, as very little attention is given to chronic pain, unlike cancer, fibromyalgia or M.S. which is campaigned for and shown on TV many times throughout the year. Chronic pain can include these but I have CRPS or Complex Regional Pain Syndrome ( used to be known as RSD – Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy) and very few people have heard of it, never mind have campaigned for it, especially in Canada. Please keep strong!

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