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    Day 1.211 – Montreal 2009

    Saint Valentin -> Montréal
    Distance (km) : 82
    Time on bike : 4h 42m
    Brutto time: 08.10 – 15.45
    Avg : 17.4 km/h
    Max.speed: 36.2
    Total (km) : 51.712
    Altitude: 10 m
    Difficulty: 3 of 5

    First rays of light on my gear, first morning in Canada...

    Mosquitoes notwithstanding, it’s a beautiful first morning in Canada. Temperature’s cool, air fresh in the grassy park where I set up camp last night, after a little chat (in very, very broken French combined with less broken sign language) with a cute, elderly couple sitting on their veranda watching life go by, immediately giving me green lights to camp in the park.

    WE GET WET!

    Then the rain starts. It’s rained a lot in eastern Canada this summer, and today is absolutely no exception. So much for that beautiful, tranquil morning. Rain, rain, rain…and no, I’m not lovin’ it…

    I'm NOT lovin' it!

    Crossing the Pont Jacques Cartier in Montreal...

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    As planned, I meet up with Sara in front of her apartment in downtown Montreal in the afternoon. It’s our 7th meeting – half of them coincidental – since we met in Tibet 2006, and it’s really good catching up again, and the familiar face make me feel a little like being at home…

    Mexican dinner in Montreal with Francine, Olivier, and Sara...

    On tonight’s program is a Mexican dinner at the Tamale Restaurant with Sara’s friend Olivier and his mother Francine, with whom I have an interesting conversation as she gives me a quick rundown of the cultural distinctions between Quebec and Canada, and cunningly (yet seriously) lets me know that this is Francophone Quebec, and what goes on in Anglophile Canada is not really her business. “I’m just doing promotion for Quebec, you know…”

    They've had a lot of rain this year in Montreal.

    It’s a cheery evening despite the rain that falls heavily on Montreal.

    Penis chocolates in a sex toy shop, Montreal.

    Summer time means festival time in Montreal, and tonight Algerian singer Khaled (the guy with the catchy tune Aisha) is performing live (and free) at the Les Spectacles Arena as part of the Francofolies de Montreal festival…

    Algerian singer Khaled live in Montreal.

    It’s a mental full-on kick-start for me here in Montreal, and though I feel utterly exhausted after the last 7 days on the road since I left New York, there’s happiness around my inner organs…

    On this day..

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