Ride Day 40: Leaving Quebec City we took a ferry across the huge St Laurence River and headed in a north-easterly direction towards the ‘Gaspe Peninsula’. Pushed along by a terrific tailwind, it was easy riding for 63-miles to the town of ‘St-Roch-des-Aulaines’. Passing small villages notable for their French-style architecture, we wound along the ever-widening river under a blue sky. We pitched tents mid-afternoon, pleased with the mileage covered due a favourable wind and we then returned to the airport to pick up Charlie, the final member of the support team. I sailed 10,000 nautical miles from South America to Sydney in Australia (via the South Magnetic Pole) with Charlie last year, supporting Rob Gauntlett and his expedition partner James Hooper on their Pole-to-Pole manpowered trip (www.180degrees.com). Charlie went to school with Rob and James and is keen to help raise funds for the Rob Gauntlett Trust – Rob had an amazing spirit, achieved so much in his life and had a positive impact on so many people. We really want to do our bit to make sure Rob’s spirit lives on even though Robbo is sadly no longer with us. We gave Charlie a guided tour of Vieux Quebec (we now know it quite well!) and drove back to our campsite on the bank of the St Lawrence River ready to get on the road towards Halifax tomorrow.

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