I doubled back to Sherbrooke and continued west on the number 7 highway. A steady climb took me to Goldenville and then 15 kms of luxurious smooth pavement stretched on from there to Liscomb. There is nothing between Goldenville and Liscomb - not one house - only a monotonous stretch of woods and a few side roads branching off. This would not mean much to a tourist but if I lived in or near Sherbrooke I would be in love with this ride. The smooth surface yields a sensation much like gliding. Without any bumps or interference from the road surface it just seems as if there is less friction involved making the whole affair more pleasurable - I seemed to be going faster with less effort.
I ended up passing through Liscomb to Spanish Ship Bay and paused for a short break. I propped the bike against a guardrail next to the water and soaked in the view.
The return leg seemed to blow by quickly too. After passing through Liscomb again all I had to do was put my head down and crank the pedals (I did not cycle to Little Liscomb this time around but must point out that a very fine beach area can be found at the end of this road).
Having that nice descent from Goldenville to town at the end of the ride was a great way to polish off the afternoon. Much of the time when I cycle I orchestrate a milk run of moving short distances with frequent stops to photograph things along the way. I really enjoyed staying on the bike this time, covering ground and getting a really good workout. The scenery in around the communities I visited combined for a wonderful afternoon overall.
If you have time, adding a third leg to Stillwater would be well worth considering. The highway follows the river then eventually opens onto a wide flood plain which is 7-8 kilometers from the Village parking lot.