So I managed to post the last report from a very busy rest stop on the road. Quebec wins on having the best "Halts" of all the provinces and a number of the ones on the main highways also provide free wifi as well as fast food, gas and of course, washrooms. Yay! Gold star on that one.
The day began in the drizzle and fog at Mont-Tremblant in the Laurentian Mountains. We missed some of the scenery in the mist but you obviously can't control the weather! In order to miss rush-hour traffic in Montreal, we went east on country highways until hitting the freeway nearly at Trois-Rivieres where we crossed over the St. Lawrence. The sun had definitely come out by then and the air was heating up.
We stayed at Point aux Oies on the south shore of the St. Lawrence the last time we came this way. It's the only private campground on our itinerary and we chose it for a couple of reasons. One is that it's the perfect distance between stops and the second is that it's a very nice but busy campground. The name "Point aux Oies" means Snow Goose Point and it's quite famous for birdwatchers especially when the snow geese are migrating across the river in October. Even now in August there are many bird species to see including at least 4 different sandpipers which we watched as they foraged along the tidal shore. Occasionally they would all fly up in a cloud, chased by preditors. We saw a marsh hawk (which the francophones around us called a "merlin" and a peregrine falcon alternately swooping over the flocks of peepers and then landing in one of the trees right in front of us. So cool. Some of those objects that look like rocks are the sandpipers:
August 16 - Sugarloaf Mountain Provincial Park, NB.
This one was a rather long day's travel: Province Number 7 (New Brunswick) and Time Zone Number 4 (Atlantic). We continued down the St. Lawrence into the Gaspe Penninsula and then south-east to the very edge of New Brunswick at Campbellton. Lots of road work and delays on the way but at least we each got a Boston cream donut at Timmy's to tide us over! Sugarloaf Mountain towers over the town and is very distinctive:
Oh and here's my little buddy the squirrel:
Gee! Since we lost another hour today, why am I so sleepy? Off down the NB coast tomorrow. Hopefully I can get this posted in Kouchibouguac. It's a National Park and we got great wifi there last time.