Trip Start Aug 09, 2008
Trip End Aug 2009

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Saturday, August 16, 2008

We are slowly making our way to the Gaspe region. Took the ferry from St. Simeon to Riviere Du-Loup, a one hour ferry crossing. This was our first destination with no accommodations reserved. We made camp at Bic National Park and decided to stay for a couple of nights to rest and take a break from the driving. Valerie and Guy - thanks for that tip on the bakery in Bic. We stopped and stocked up on croissants, bread and muffins, all very good. These little gems are wonderful finds.

The park is close to a busy highway and CP/and or VIA has its train tracks on the hill right across the park so it was somewhat noisy especially when the train runs a couple of times at night and sounds its horn - we will be investing in ear plugs!

The drive through the Gaspe region is very scenic. Hwy 132 runs right along the Saint Lawrence River and itīs not a very busy highway so that made for some pleasant driving, albeit the hills and winding roads. For me (Rajiv), the best part of the drive has been passing VW camper vans going the opposite direction. There occurs a kind of VW salute- usually a wave of the hand, or an enthusiastic flash of headlights as we pass.

The territory is divided into 5 areas:

The Coast and Haute Gaspesie region is dotted with many small coastal villages. It is also home to Le Nordais Windmill Park which has 133 windmills, the largest windmill park built in Canada. Not all the windmills were whirring when we were there.....but we could still here the peaceful swish of the blades. We were surprised that these windmills were set up about 20 years ago...ahead of their time. Did lots of the driving today, August 16th. Ended up at Forillon National Park in Gaspe and stayed for a couple of nights.

So far the camping and staying in the van has not been too difficult. The sleeping is quite comfortable in the upper bunk and we are keeping the meals simple and stocking up on provisions every few days. We were finally able to do our laundry when we were at Bic National park - the campground had laundry facilities! That was the highlight of the day - clean clothes and towels.

The town of Perce in the Lands End region is another tourist stop known for its pierced rock so we did the touristy thing and took pictures. We had originally thought we would stay in Perce for a night but there was not too much to do so we kept going.

On the drive out of Quebec towards the New Brunswick border we drove past a roadside stand where a man dressed in a sailors outfit stood waving beside a display of wooden sailboats. I (Rajiv) react slowly to such unexpected things, and several kilometers down the road I decided to turn the van around and have a look at the display. From our conversation in French, I gleaned that he had made the sailboats. The bodies were out of cedar, and the sails out of maple wood. The smallest ones were five dollars, and the larger ones fifteen dollars. I told him that he should sell them for more, but he felt that if he did he wouldnīt sell any boats. I bought two of his hand-made boats. What a great deal!

Leaving Quebec we were looking forward to speaking English again. While we found the people warm and friendly, my command of the language was not strong enough to have a conversation with anyone about anything too deep. It has strengthened my desire to improve my French on this year off.

Overall, the thing that stands out for the drive through Quebec is the ever changing landscape, out of Quebec City, through the hill and valleys of the Charveloix region, along the Saint Lawrence and Appalachain mountain range in the Gaspe and the coastal seaside feel in the valley as we drove into New Brunswick.

Finding access to an internet has been challenging. We havenīt had much luck, itīs either not available, down or inaccessible. Maybe the universe is trying to tell us something. So, there will be a time lag with the postings.

Our little computer is handy but there are limitations and one of our challenges is reducing the size of pictures so they are easy to download. We donīt want to compromise the quality of the pictures by taking them at a lower resolution in the event we want to get prints made so that is something we are still trying to figure out. If anyone has tips, would love to hear them. Tried downloading Irfanview, but no luck either. Dont know if itīs because the system we have is a Linux operating system or not enough memory.
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ch4rd on

Hey, sorry Im a little late on the adventure. I just got the Url from my mom. ^^;;

Pretty neat so far, I hope to see more pictures.

As for the answer to your Irfanview problem, As far as I know, it does work in Linux, (however, with the hundreds of different flavours of it, theres a few kinks.) As far as low memory goes, Unless you're running with something around 32 mb of ram, you probably shouldnt have trouble running Irfanview, so I doubt its a memory problem (unless you were talking about harddrive space.)
One of the other opensouce programs available is GIMP, (not sure if you've heard of it before), it is a little heavier than irfanview, so I'm not sure what kind of rig you have set up, but it's a pretty solid choice for an image editor.

Anyhow, back to reading for me, enjoy your trip guys! ^.^

-Richard Kalsi.

kalsi_kaur on

Uploading photos
Hi Richard,

Great to hear from you. Thanks for the info on uploading photos. We are both not too computer savvy. We find now that when we have high speed access and power, it seems to work not too badly. Hopefully we´ll see you when we get into Ontario and you can educate us more on this matter.

Take care
Rajiv and Bobbie

kalsi_kaur on

Re: Picture editing
Hey Ed,

Thanks for the link. We'll check it out and see how it works.

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