Friday May 28-2004 to ?
The Plan (sort of) is to drive through the Maritime Provinces, including Newfoundland, back to Ontario through Maine, New Hampshire & New York State. A brief rest stop home, then west to British Columbia and north to Alaska, returning to Ontario via Canada/USA ? As always, things change from second to second, if I get a good tip about somewhere or the weather makes for a detour, a short or extended stay, then I take the locals advice and it works out 99.9 % of the time. Real invaluable information from the people of the region, better than any guide book or map can ever tell you.
Firstly, I want to say that I am dedicating this trip to Pernille, she will be riding with me and is never too far away in my thoughts.
Jeg haber mine dansk familie og venner kan forstaa den engelsk tekst.
I am starting from Owen Sound, Ontario. Driving towards eastern Canada on my 2004 Electra Glide Classic with all my camping gear, no real expectations, just to live, feel, explore & breathe.
Friday May 28 2004- A very good feeling to hit the road and drive eastwards, the weather is cold & gusty, but it doesn't really matter! Good to feel the wind in my face, as they say!
I take the scenic route to Algonquin Park(HWY's # 26, 11 and 60), one of Ontario's best and most well known parks. One warning, beware of the moose in the park along the sides of the roads, in the puddles & swamps AND ON THE ROADS! They will stop you very quickly, I don't want to envision that. The black flies are so thick this time of year that it drives the moose out onto the roads and the salt that they use on the roads in winter gets washed to the sides in spring, they use/need that in their diets also.
The park is beautiful, nice sites(aprox. $20.00 per site)lots of trails to hike, a real paradise for outdoor enthusiasts.
Fuel prices are quite high just now, I use premium (91, 92 0ctane and up), it costs over $1.00CAD and up per liter.
I will have my little digital Canon A80 camera with me this time, I hope it works out and will post some photos on this site sometime soon.
I am using libraries, internet cafe's as my internet link to send, recieve mail and contact family & friends.
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I will be sending in a donation to their site to say thank you for the opportunity to tell my travel story.
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Saturday May 29 2004
From Algonquin Park I drive in cool, sunny weather towards Montreal where i camp just outside of a town called Hudson, a few kms west of Montreal.
Has been enjoyable driving, listening to my cd's and the local FM stations along the way.
I find it cold, I'm wearing my long underwear, turtleneck ski shirt, jeans, leather chaps & jacket, a fleece pullover, a fleece jacket and my gortex rain gloves.
Beware of the police right at the province border from Ontario into Quebec, they are there to greet you with handheld radar guns and don't look so friendly or welcoming to me. I smile & wave, good thing I notice them pull one unlucky driver over first. Welcome to Quebec!
Once I have my tent setup, a nice hot shower and something to eat, I walk over with my Quebec map and ask some local campers about info on the area.
The people are very friendly and helpful, they tell me about a nice town past Quebec City on the north shore of the St. Lawrence River called Tadoussac. After a few minutes I have tomorrows destination planned, Tadoussac, Que.
Sunday May 30 2004
I pack up camp and leave early towards Montreal on Hwy. # 40 along the North Shore of the St. Lawrence Seaway. Another cold, windy day with some sun & mostly cloud cover.
No stops in Montreal, Trois-Rivieres or Quebec City except for fuel, it is my plan to make it to Tadoussac today in decent time so I hump it straight through.
I've got places to go, things to do and people to see!
Montreal has a real European type feel to the city and Quebec City is very beautiful with its stone walls around the perimeter of the old city, stone buildings, its old architecture & history, these two cities are well worth exploring as I have previously found out.
After Quebec city the Hwy. changes to #138, all the way to Tadoussac and beyond, it hugs the north shore of the St. Lawrence when the road stops at Natashquan and your only means of travel east is by the weekly ferry that makes 2-3 hourly stops at the villages along the way to the Quebec/Labrador border.
I visited Labrador for one day, read about that later in the Newfoundland section.
There must have been a rally or a ride today because there were so many motorcycles out and about, especially Harleys.
I stop to catch the free ferry ride across the Saguenay River to Tadoussac, a tiny village of under 1000 people, which explodes with thousands of tourists to see the main attraction- whales!
Monday May 31 2004
Tadoussac is a real gem of a village, very beautiful, lots of history, adventure sports, hiking, sea kayaking, exploring up the fjord, whale watching, friendly people, just a really cool place to hang out and relax.
It was the first fur-trading post in European North America in 1600, 8 years before Quebec City was founded.
Tadoussac pretty much shuts down November to May.
You will not be disappointed here, only when it gets so busy.
I was here early enough to avoid the crowds and enjoyed my time here very much.
I went with about 15 others on a whale watching trip in a Zodiac, we saw white Beluga whales and Minke whales.
It was a little pricey for $50.00 CAD, but I decided to bite the bullet and pay it, was worth the price to see the whales, the beauty of the St. Lawrence and the fjord for the 3 hour trip.
I stayed 2 nights at the local youth hostels called Maison Majorique & Maison Alexis.
They have bar, resuarant, tours, very helpful & friendly, highly recommend this place.
The second is owned by the same people, I had to move because of groups coming in, was pleasantly surprised to stay in this old, unique and supposedly haunted house.
I slept well and didn't see or hear anything out of the ordinary, although the young girl volunteer working here was a little unsure, it was her first night working here and I think the others must have spooked her with stories about the old woman who used to own and live in this old house.
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