With Ontario so close along this river boundary, the Québécois have had to literally breath the same air as the 'filthy English swine' and have learnt to accept them as neighbours, even if still somewhat warily. At least the Québec Liberation Front doesn't seem to have a presence and I've been spared more shadow puppetry. Or to put it another way, L'Unifolié is flown in a variety of locations and not JUST at the post office.
As it turned out, the only person I spoke to all day likes to run ( he has the Haliburton 100 miler 'buckle' and a cool pic of jelly legs...if you ask nicely, perhaps Eric can be persuaded to share the photo and the backstory )
He has raced with Yiannis Kouros and trains with Ray Zahab and because he is a runner who owns the dépanneur in the photo, welcomed me with chocolate milk and a steak.
While the brain was being artistic, the mouth was getting down to business and so the first steak of the trip will have to go undocumented.
How Eric and Manon met and courted is actually a very cool love-story involving mad sprints to catch buses and hand-in-hand walks to and from work, the result of which are Marie-Pier and Alexandre, a Governors Medal recipient for top scholar and a t-shirt smuggling archivist ( it's a long story )
A big thank you to the family for hosting me and educating me on true running lunacy.
Having reached the 1/3 mark of the run and having recently witnessed - admittedly from a distance - the 1st birthday of an awesome little dude and seen how he has developed and grown, I feel that perhaps I should share a bit more info on the project that lies ahead.
To date, the project has been moving swiftly, and comfortably, along at around 56-57 km per day. Due to mechanical and the resultant logistical reasons, the next portion through to Sault Sainte-Marie will be run at a rather more sedate pace of 42 km per day.
While leaving each day with a bunch of free time - read that as 'Dave getting very bored with his own company' - it is also recovery time because once the project reaches Sault Sainte-Marie, Vidamago will be grabbing the testicles of this route and applying a twist....in short, it will be time to take control. To all those who saw yesterdays status update, you might be wondering what the 90 stands for. There are an anticipated 90 days between here and Vancouver City, the minimum destination required for the project to be considered trans-Canadian.
The first 1/3 has been very comfortable. The next 1400-1500 km will be comfortable, but with a hint of seriousness thrown in. From there to the Rockies, it will be a grind as the body and the fat reserves are depleted, and the mileage finally takes it toll.
HOWEVER.......the route from the Rockies to Vancouver will be two weeks of adrenalin-fuelled absolute mayhem, with emotions swinging between not knowing whether to laugh or cry as the reality of what will have passed starts to dawn.
There are many km's ahead, with a number of obstacles. We can't take take anything for granted and must be wary of getting too confident, however with a bunch of luck and some perseverance thrown in for fun, the intended plan is very doable...and if I bump into more Eric/Manon/Marie-Pier/Alexandre's along the way, it will be just that little bit more comfortable.
Congrats to Blake, even if he can't read yet, although I'm not sure his parents are exactly pushing him to achieve, as well as congratulations to Gordon. ( If you know Blake and Gordon, you'll know why congratulations are in order. This isn't the platform to divulge too much personal information on their behalf )
And above all, to everybody reading this ' keep on being cool '.