Exited Quebec : July 20
Animals : discounting mad québécois mountain men 0
Quebec truly is different. The towns are spread out and the roads make sweeping loops. All the houses have a patch of peeling paint or a garden that isn't quite perfectly maintained. In short, it's a province that feels lived in......and after the relative uniformity of the previous provinces, IT IS WONDERFUL !!!
After all the hyperbole I must apologise for the relatively barren patch in the photography department. I'll blame it on the devil toy and leave it at that.
There is a lot of history in this part of Canada, perhaps no more than elsewhere, but it's a history that is on display and eagerly shared by her citizens.
Some of those citizens can get a bit carried away ( several elderly gentlemen made their displeasure of being part of Canada all too clear, although I think that they were all attending the same ' shadow puppet ' classes, and at the beginner level, because they all seemed to know ' earthworm poking head out of lawn '. One even chose to add to the performance by spitting, which I can only imagine meant ' earthworm poking head out of lawn with morning ablutions '.
Apart from those few improvised street shows, the people have been spectacularly friendly. Following a technical issue, one old dude offered me his car. His one concern was not that I would have effectively had 1 1/2 hours in which to disappear with his car before suspicions would have been aroused. Rather, he wanted to make sure that I had my license on me.....what a different world this is.
It's also the first time that I have seen black faces since my first day. Being surrounded by all these white folk for so long felt strange and it was a welcome sight to step into Montreal and see a bit of colour in this collage of the human species.
A serious effort was made to get fat during the two day break in Montreal and whatever successes were achieved will have to be carried over to Sault Sainte Marie, the next rest stop along the way.
Each province has incredible natural beauty, but I think that the narrow corridor along which I've travelled has made Quebec my favourite thus far because of the human element.
Route 132 is awesome and should definitely form part of any travel itinerary.
But as always, time marches on, and we follow. The massive Ontario lies ahead with all the adventure that comes with it.