G – Friday 7th August 2015 – “#$@&%*! Roadworks!!”

Starting Point: Parc de La Jacques-Cartier, Quebec

Finishing Point: Walmart Carpark, Montreal, 5466 Jean-Talon St W, QC, H4P

Distance Travelled: 298km (not including the city detour…)

jacques-cartier to montreal

So, despite the fact that I COVERED myself with, practically TOOK A BATH in insect repellent, I was bitten alive today on our morning hike: 3 on my chest, 1 on my arms and 2 massive ones on my back – WHAT. A. JOKE.

Do you see the disgust on my face??
Do you see the disgust on my face??

The walk itself was lovely – it centred around the brook so there was loads to see and take pictures of. We also managed to take our anniversary picture!

The hike that we went on.
The hike that we went on.

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Peek-a-boo!
Peek-a-boo!

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2-year anniversary, celebrating it in style!
2-year anniversary, celebrating it in style!

This morning’s been a pretty lazy one: up at 8.40am, breakfast, shower and then off for a stroll at ~10.30am. Back by 12.00pm, packed up the campervan and started making our way out – stopping to top up our fresh water, dump the bings and do our first sewar dump (eewwww…). Aside from the smell it wasn’t too horrific, huzzah! We’re now off out of the campsite and on to our next stop: Montreal. Our plan for today is to drive along the coastal road to Montreal and stop in a Walmart close to the city as possible. We’re then going to spend the entire day tomorrow in the city and Sunday morning too! We’re also planning on stopping at a Tim Horton’s…mainly because I want a coffee and a bagel. 🙂

So, the coastal road is a blip – it’s a regular road, in a shockingly bad condition, which isn’t even that scenic! I saw a glimpse of the river and that was about it. We’re now back on the 40 (main highway) after getting petrol. At least this road has interesting road signs! This is probably the busiest I’ve ever seen Canadian road – usually we see four, five cars at a time, but now the road’s kind of full, so weird!

Ah, the coastal scenic route...
Ah, the coastal scenic route…
This is about as good as the
This is about as good as the “scenic” route got…

Road Trip Road Trip Road Trip

Back on to the highway
Back on to the highway
Made it onto the island!
Made it onto the island!

Oh my God what a mission! First of all, we drove around in circles trying to find the Tim Horton’s the satnav was directing us to, only we couldn’t spot it anywhere so gave up, only to spot it in the back of a petrol station! Made it in, only to face our second obstacle: the language barrier. I have very little French, she has very little English, the difference between ‘steeped tea’ & ‘te infuse’ and ‘cream cheese,’ & ‘cheese crème’ was almost too big to handle, but we got there in the end. At least the coffee and tasty bagel and doughnut make up for it!

So we’ve finally made it to our stopping point for today: a Walmart carpark just outside of the city centre. Such a mission to get here though! We made it onto the island of Montreal easily enough around 5.30pm and proceded to follow the signs for the ‘Centre Infotouriste’… which lead us into the heart of the city centre…and which was shut by 6pm, when we arrived there at 6.45pm… It took us so long to get to the information centre because there were a MILLION roadworks going on… which made absolutely no sense considering the absolute fucking STATE of the roads! Between having to drive our monstrous campervan through road-work riddled city streets and dealing with pedestrians crossing the road at the same time as cars driving (because someone thought it would be a GENIUS idea to have the pedestrian light and green traffic light go on at the same time), AJ and I were FUMING and cursing everything, including, but not limited to: the other cars, the pedestrians, Montreal, and the Sun. Having been thoroughly disappointed by the information centre, we plugged ‘walmart’ into the satnav and found one 5km away… which meant dealing with the city centre again… le sigh…

This is the one photo I got driving through the city before it all got way to stressful and I had to concentrate on road signs and cursing
This is the one photo I got driving through the city before it all got way to stressful and I had to concentrate on road signs and cursing

This Walmart however, was part of a mall, the carpark of which was covered in signs saying unauthorised vehicles would be towed. Also, due to random BMXers and music blasting from random directions, it kind of felt like we were in the ghetto…. Luckily there was another Walmart 1.5km away from there, so off we went. This one is MUCH better and there are three other campervans and a truck parked here too. We’re just bac from getting dinner at Wendy’s (it was right beside us, we had to try it!), so we’re gonna settle down and celebrate having survived the city with a glass of ginger ale and vodka (cheers F!). We’ll leave figuring out how to get into the city centre to tomorrow morning, somewhere around here is bound to have wifi!

Slán! 😀

G

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