Racing towards the Unknown Town of Rivière-du-Loup

From the moment she pulled the Rogue onto the roadway, her right foot depressed the gas pedal to the floorboards speeding off beside the twisting St Lawerence river. Whilst she was busy intimidating Mario Andredi, I scoured Google maps searching for a botique hotel somewhere down the asphalt. The car weaved in and out, around…

What is on the Horizon near Sainte-Flavie, Quebec?

“What is on the horizon,” I pointed out the window, “over there behind that building. It looks like driftwood sticking out of the water? Or maybe its an old pier with no boardwalk planks,” my arm now out the window as the wife slowed down from 60kmph to 30. “Your right. What is that?” she…

An Afternoon near Sainte-Anne-des-Monts, Quebec

Arriving just after 3:30pm, several locals in Sainte-Anne-des-Monts, Quebec were standing on this pier trying their luck at casting their fishing lines in the hopes of catching a trout, or maybe a perch, or whatever else might be biting in the Saint Lawerence river on this evening. The breeze on the pier was just too…

Head North on Route 299 Beatrice Informed

“The peninsula is an amazing place full of friendly Quebec-Acadians and their history. However if you have a few days before wanting to be in Quebec City than I suggest going all the way around route 132, through the town of Gaspe. Otherwise I would suggest taking 132 until you reach the north route 299,”…

Route 132 along the Restigouche River on the Gaspe Peninsula

Turning right the wife pulled our SUV onto route 132 heading east away from our ending point of Montral towards the unknown Acadian towns along the northern section of the Restigouche river. Minutes passed and we reached the first of many small towns Oak Bay, then twenty-two minutes more it was Pointe a-la Garde and…

Overland Decisions of Weary Eyed Travelers

After drinks in the Bathurst lounge we sat in our hotel room and decided on two things: first we were going to skip out on taking a ferry across the St Lawerence and second we were going to slow down our pace until we found a nice town to spend a few days in. With…

Conversations in a Bathurst Lounge

Pursuing the menu at the lounge, the wife ordered a 9-ounce local red wine and I, a local Bathurst IPA. As we sipped our beverages, we talked and laughed about the absurd drive here. Eventually our minds rested on the ‘what to do tomorrow’ topic. I pulled out the ol’ Samsung Note5 and fired up…

An Unforgettable Experience in Bathurst, New Brunswick

After white knuckling it for forty-six more minutes in the blinding rainstorm we reached the city limits of Bathurst. Thankfully we did not have to change roads as route 134 took us into downtown and straight to the Best Western Plus hotel and suites. We left the SUV under the pull through and went inside…

The Lighter Side of Travel

In a short couple of months, we will set off on a long distance road trip to the East Coast of Canada, also known as The Maritimes. The drive alone is enough to frighten any right minded human being. We will be traveling around 4,800 kilometres in one direction. Our starting point, is due west of the…

A Work Day Trip to Fort McMurray, Should You Fly or Drive?

Last week during our biweekly Friday afternoon project meeting the sales guy says over the speaker phone, “well I will be up there next week on Wednesday the 28th for a walk through for this RFB (request for bid). Perhaps we can meet up to discuss this projects progress and go over a few other…

Unknown Roads Will Take You to Amazing Destintations

There is a place down a roadway which I cannot describe how to get to or get out of. It is a roadway which starts after the turn off for San Augustin and before a very large bridge. I recall there being road marker signs near the side of the road and painted on it…

A Mid-Morning Taxi Ride to Bahia Maguey

Our plan for today was walk down the hill and into the local shopping market to purchase 2x snorkel kits 2x sunscreen bottles 1x sunglasses Then make our way outside to catch s taxi to a nearby beach called Bahia Maguey. This particular beach is about 2 miles from our condo in Santa Cruz. It…

Marching into Mexico in March

On Monday February 26, the countdown to March begins not only as we will be departing the second month of twenty-eighteen, but the wife and I, will begin our actually planning and preparations for Mexico in March. The countdown of 7-days will begin… Marching into Mexico has a nice “ring” to it, wouldn’t you say?…

Snuggled Bumper to Bumper along a Short Twisty Windy Road

I swear to you what I am about to say to you, “is the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. So, help me God.” Or at least some version of it. A microcosm if you will. A handful of years ago, a young woman and a young man, decided to get married in…

What do Beaches, Warm Weather and Me, Have in Common?

Mexico… Honestly, its all my wife’s fault that I’m even looking at, considering and possibly planning another trip to Mexico. In a past life I have travelled twice to Mexico; Mazatlan and Los Cabos. Both experiences were adventures dilluted by booze, cruising sandy beaches, playing volleyball, body boarding and searching for a pair of sunglasses…

Did Your Tent Stake Break? Now What?

I know what you’re thinking, “is his post title for real?” The answer: Yes What happened?  Well it started two years ago on another road trip. We were in Southern Idaho at Craters of the Moon campground and the lava ground was not accepting our tent stakes. Instead it was bending them in half.  After…

Top 10 Things to Bring on an Airplane

This is not really easy to talk about as its still kind of a sore subject between my significant other and myself. Last year we decided to pass on a trip to Cuba and instead took an 8-day self-guided Fly & Drive Ireland trip. The trip itself was AWESOME! And we both highly recommend going to Ireland. However…

Friday Afternoon near O’Connell Street, Dublin, Ireland

Thanking the bus driver, we stepped on to the sidewalk, amongst the noisy 4-lane thoroughfare. It was packed with people, bicycles, double-decker buses and rows upon rows of brownstone buildings one next the other. Welcome to O’Connell street! Its one of the busier streets in the heart of Dublin. Unsure of which direction to head, we…

Swords to Dublin via Public Express Bus

After spending most of the morning dealing with the Rental Car and learning how to adjust to the TDI Blue Motion Automatic car which disengages the engine every time you stop at a street light or stop sign, we finally made it to our first bed & breakfast; San Augustine B&B. A quick chat with…

Discovering Southern British Columbia, Canada

There are three things road trip travellers should know about when it comes to driving to British Columbia from Alberta. First, it is approximately 5 to 8 hours away from you, depending on where you reside in Central Alberta. Second, always pack a cooler full of food because you never know if there will be…

As the Wheels Turn

Left foot presses down on the clutch and it goes inward as my left hand moves over the shifter knob and moves it from 1st gear into 2nd as my left foot departs the clutch and my right presses on the gas. The RPMs begin to climb 2300, 2400, 2500 just as our tires bounce over a…