Quebec to North Bay

Trip Start Jan 16, 2012
Trip End Ongoing

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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Well day 2 was definitely different than day 1.  I didn't see the clear blue sky once.  Starting at about 6am, I left my hotel in Quebec City on my way towards Montreal.  Traffic was immediate and the weather was dreary to say the least.

After successfully reaching Montreal in about 3 hours, I decided to pass right by because rush hour traffic was ridiculous and I knew that if I stopped in, even for a coffee refill, that my travels would be delayed by hours.  Freezing rain was forecasted to start falling in Montreal and Ottawa in a few hours so I thought I'd try to boot it right on through  before that happened and maybe spend the night in our nation's capitol.

About another 3 hours later, just as I was arriving in Ottawa, the snow began to fall.  No traffic issues so I decided to pull in for lunch.  I had a delicious panini sandwich and a couple of coffee refills and was on my way again.  North Bay was my goal.  And getting away from the freezing rain was my other goal.  About half way there, I started to wonder if I had made a poor decision.  The snow just got harder and harder until the entire highway full of cars was crawling along at about 50 km/h.  Trust me, a 4.5 hour highway trip takes FOREVER when you're going 50 km/h.  All in all the trek from Ottawa took about 6.5 hours to complete which made my day about 12 or so hours on the road today.

I'm sleeping in tomorrow.  Heading for Sudbury then on to Sault Ste. Marie.  The weather is supposed to be cold but clear so I'm hoping that if I leave around 11am tomorrow, the plows will be done clearing the highways and that I'll finish my day's worth of driving around sunset.  Here's hoping.

I've made pretty great progress so far and am about 400km further than I'd planned to be after 2 days so from here on out, if there's any weather on the horizon that I might not want to deal with, I'm gonna stay and extra night.
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Kelly on

Hey Kev, sorry i havent called yet, been really busy, my last day of work is today and I will try and call you tonight, have a great day!

Mom on

Wise choice Kevin. And very reassuring for your momma!

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