After yesterday's distance, today was semi-planned to be much shorter... Like only 20 km of cycling before catching up with some family in Miscouche before attending a wedding in Wellington. So this post is much more about visiting but starts with a bit of cycling.
After an amazing rest and breakfast at my family's place in Mont Carmel we visited the local church for an impromptu history lesson. The Catholic community in these parts has been around for generations and the big old church and headstone filled graveyard with three predominant family names was clear evidence of that!
A lot of my family were born in this region, married at this church and some are buried next to it.
Although I'm not Catholic (or religious for that matter) visiting such sites has always fascinated me. Sadly, the church isn't open to the public and we couldn't have a look inside. Which considering the state of the church it would be in their best interest to invite visitors of all faiths and backgrounds as I suspect that this structure will be in a sad state of disrepair in a very short time.
So after a walk through cemetery we headed back to Richmond and I could start the day's short ride.
It was a beautiful day with sunny skies and a bit of a breeze. I waved goodbye and was back on the trail around 10:30 am. Not long after I left Richmond there was a trail/dirt road crossing ahead and I saw my aunt and uncle's truck pulling up to the intersection. I immediately assume I forgot something in their vehicle but they hopped out clapping their hands with Acadian fiddle music blasting from the stereo and cheered me through the chicane fences at the road! Such a fun trail surprise!!
Didn't take long to get to Miscouche and stop for the day's ride at my cousin Steve's place who lives right beside the trail!! After a catch-up and clean-up another cousin, Danielle, picked me up as we were going to a backyard wedding in Wellington!
It certainly was a beautiful day for a wedding and although I didn't know the bride and groom, my cousin Leah and her husband, Tucker (brother to the bride) were the witnesses, my uncle Leo and Coral attended as well and my aunt Stella officiated the ceremony! It was her first wedding to officiate too!!
After the wedding, back at Steve's, we had a firepit and lots of great chatting for the evening. I had set up my tent in their backyard and since I didn't need to put the fly on I fell asleep under the stars and slept so well!
Now to pack up and hit the trail for Day 3! It will be longer than yesterday but more family and fun times are on the agenda :)