|Crowd pleasers during an outdoor festival in Sherbrooke.|
On Adele's and my annual Canadian bike adventure, I suggested we explore east of Lake Memphremagaog, a region we hadn't visited together, and in my case, not in 10 years. In addition, we'd planned to investigate Sherbrooke, a new place for both of us and the major city for that part of Canada.
|Adele took fabulous circus pictures!|
When the rains cleared, we enjoyed an outdoor festival, and especially the modern circus acrobats!
|The two bed dorm room was spacious and easily accommodated our bikes.|
|Past North Hatley the trail followed a series of low traffic, rolling dirt roads.|
Afterwards, knowing we had the whole day to complete 30 miles, in typical Annie/Adele fashion, we followed a garage sale sign along the opposite side of the lake than our map indicated we needed to go! As often is the case with these diversions, our encounters provide more insight into the region: the sale was in a two-story boathouse where proceeds benefited the community's young population who attended sailing classes. I rummaged and found a pair of blue fleece socks while Adele picked out a scarf - two easy items to stow in our panniers.
|Photo credit: Adele|
|Alter at OMG restuarant.|
There was lots of chrome and wood with alcoves of comfy chairs, a bar, and dining sections segregated by wall panels. I loved the interior, but the devil logo seemed a little weird to me, opposite of any religion, but that was possibly intentional. It certainly is a hip place though and set up for special occasions - a place to check out in the future.
|Food photos credit: Adele|
After dinner we noticed that downtown Sherbrooke is pretty quiet. I guess it's like many other cities, but I've become used to lively Burlington and Montreal, where something is always going on and people walk around in the evening.
|Riding through the Narrows of Fitch Bay.|
|The covered bridge at The Narrows.|
|Near the start of the Tomifobia trail, Adele investigates the town of Stanstead for future eating establishments and possible places to stay.|
PS. The Clementine handled the hills quite well, though because of our itinerary change, I didn't carry more than 10 lbs. during any part of the hilly day. I have, however, found a more comfortable seat (more on that) and the front bag is a gem. Rock on, Clementine!