Severe weather and sleeping indoors (Day 5)

As I woke up and packed up for the day, I soon realized that my decision to stop early was a really good one. While the thunderstorm had not been fun for sleeping, it was far worse just 10 k north of where I had slept. There were tons of trees across the trail and crews were out with chain saws trying to clear the path.

The excellent trail crew clearing the fallen trees
The excellent trail crew clearing the fallen trees

As I waited for the route to be clear, I stopped at a little restaurant(ish) place and had a pepsi and a long chat with a local gent about his life.

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The “resto-bar” rest stop

I checked the weather forecast, as the air was heavy and oppressive and the skies still looked ominous. When I read things like “severe thunderstorm warning” and “chance of tornado,” I decided it might be an OK day to cut my ride short and sleep in something slightly more robust than a sheath of nylon strung between two trees.

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The foreboding clouds that accompanied the rather ominous forecast

I make quick work of the remaining kilometers on the P’tit Train and swiftly arrived in Mont Laurier, a small town which has the particular feel of a economically depressed, isolated town.

The end of the P'tit Train
The end of the P’tit Train

I passed a leisurely day wandering the town, going for a swim, and enjoying the luxury of a bed. Even my bike got to pass the day in a relatively luxurious shed.

The warm welcome on the little bike shed at my hotel in Mont Laurier
The warm welcome on the little bike shed at my hotel in Mont Laurier
Garden sculptures
Garden sculptures in Mont Laurier
Always watching
Somebody’s out there watching
I am pretty sure this is the cruelest park art I have seen. Are the two on the right making fun of the awkward kid on the left?
I am pretty sure this is the cruelest park art I have seen. Are the two on the right making fun of the awkward kid on the left?
If you rent the "Chateau Laurier", make sure you have the right one. This has a slightly different feel from the luxury hotel in Ottawa.
If you rent the “Chateau Laurier”, make sure you have the right one. This has a slightly different feel from the luxury hotel in Ottawa.
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