Adventurer Caroline Côté continued her journey in extreme weather conditions.
After receiving an energetic welcome at the Romaine hydroelectric complex, she resumed her trek towards Havre-Saint-Pierre, trading in her skis for snowshoes. This helped her advance more easily given the irregular terrain and the depth of the snow.
That decision certainly seems to have been the right one: after leaving the Romaine hydroelectric complex, she covered her longest stretch on foot since beginning her expedition: 35 km. She arrived at the stunning Havre-Saint-Pierre beach the next day.
It’s begun! Here I am. This is the start and it’s scary. But I’m bringing you all with me in my heart and I know we’ll see each other soon.
In Havre-Saint-Pierre, she went to meet with staff from the Archipel-de-Mingan National Park Reserve, who showed her this unique natural site in Québec.
After stopping by the Hydro-Québec office to pick up supplies and leave her sled and her snowshoes behind, she rode off on her bike for what will be about 12 days.
Caroline’s very full day in Mingan and in Longue-Pointe-de-Mingan included meeting with kids from local schools and inspirational people from both communities. Stay tuned for the video, available next week, to relive these moments with Caroline.
Week two began under clear skies and mild conditions but ended with a storm combining freezing rain, sleet and snow. The last day was particularly difficult for Caroline, as she rode close to 120 km in freezing rain that forced her to stop about 20 km from Sept-Îles: her bike’s derailleur was completely frozen and she couldn’t go any further. Clearly, freezing rain affects more than just power equipment!
Caroline’s journey will resume where she last stopped and thankfully, the weather in the coming days looks a bit better for our adventurer.
What’s next? Heading for Baie-Comeau and then on to Jean-Lesage (Manic-2) and Manic-5 generating stations.