1,2,3 … Go!
After some pedalling on the road leading to the park, the time had now come to get started. As soon as the climb begins, the route continues on an 18-degree slope. It was, for sure, one of the most demanding sections. This being said, by following our own beat, it isn’t really that hard, at least for a well-trained cyclist!
When I arrived at the top, I visited the observatory and could easily understand why this dark sky reserve is the pride of the region. I promised myself to come back at night on one of the evening observation outings.
As I began to head back down, I could hear Mont St-Joseph calling out to me. I almost doubled back up the distance and the elevation I had reached, by taking a short detour that led to its top. I must say, it was the perfect day for this type activity; the weather was just right, not too hot, not too cold, and the view from the top was well worth the effort! Each time I pushed hard on the pedals I was greatly rewarded! Overall, the surface was superb, with only a few potholes I had to really watch out for as I sped down the mountain.