A clear blue sky, zero wind, and balmy temperature called for a “church of the round wheel” Sunday morning. So, I did the Steinbach-Ste Anne-Richer-La Broquerie-Giroux loop this morning. Breakfast at the Cat Sass, complete with friendly abuse from the waitress for not showing up yesterday, was as tasty as usual. On the way out, I stopped to snap a picture of the sheep in La Coulee. I had to make a hasty retreat when the white sheep dog, bigger than a sheep but looking just like one (look closely behind the fence), appeared out of no where and made it clear that he was no admirer of the cycleest, in spite of my clear admiration for his sheep.
On the way home, I rode the new seal coat on Pth 302 south to La Broquerie. It will certainly improve over the next couple of months, but it’s definitely rideable. Compaction is already fairly good. I was riding my 23C training tires with kevlar beads and had no problem with the loose and rather sharp stones. Most traffic was considerate and didn’t bomb by me. Those that did (and of course there were several) failed to actually stone me with their wake of shot gravel. All in all, an excellent ride (which would have been a great ride with a few of you guys along for company).