Early morning in Syracuse to go north to the border and into Canada. News reports say the Trans-Lab is closed because of fires east of Labrador City. No idea when it will open up again. I activated my SPOT last night and my poor father probably got some strange texts because of it.
Upstate New York is thick with trees. Imagine an evergreen and hardwood version of a jungle with barely an inch to move between the trees.
Over the 1000 Islands Bridge and I’m blown away by the beauty of the park, the landscape and the water. It’s one of those lovely places you stumble upon by accident and suddenly wish had been your destination, not just a place you pass through. Lovely homes right down on the water and a bay of islands as far as I can see.
Canada is lovely right now, although it always is as far as I have experienced. There are miniature yellow and white daisies mixed with purple rockets and a yellow version of Queen Anne’s Lace all along the roadways. It looks like a wildflower heaven. The road engineers have cut sunken roadways into the rocky landscape giving you the impression of driving in the shallowest of canyons (4-8 feet deep). We head north to Ottawa and along the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway into the heart of the city. Past the Parliament buildings on Wellington, embassies on Sussex, and on to the Rockcliffe Parkway. It’s beautiful. The city is decked out with the red and white maple leaf flags of the nation – just in time for the big bash tomorrow, Canada Day. I’ve never been in the country during it’s big day and I’m excited to be here.
A kind and sweet couple from the city help to guide us out of the city and back to the highway that leads to Montreal. Off to the next beautiful city……A stop for gas along the way and I suddenly feel the cultural difference – gas for the bike costs just over twice what it did in the USA.
Montreal is big, and it seems to take forever to get to the centre of the city and the hotel. Dinner in Chinatown tonight and French food tomorrow – maybe a raclette…..and definitely pain au chocolate.
Wishing all my Canadian friends and this beautiful country a spectacular Canada Day!