But Rouyn-Noranda provided a warm, dry respite.
The weather cut our ride short today, so we stopped at Val-d'or. It has been a pleasant few hours. Val-d'or has good food, and seems to have vitality and a sense of place.
Timmins on the other hand, was a disappointment. Although signs of wealth - lots of car dealerships and billboards for "investment advisors", the downtown is a wasteland. The London Restaurant and Tavern - decent Chinese and Canadian food, was not only a cliché but the only non-chain restaurant we found still in operation.