Irregular Posts; Chaudiere-Appalaches, Quebec

Monday, Sept 2, 2013 Bonjour, “Hunting.” “Again?  Where now?” “South bank of the St Lawrence near Quebec City.  My Chouinard roots are in St Jean Port Joli. ” Above Greenville, Maine the sky really got dark.  The wind whipped whitecaps on Moosehead Lake in Rockwood.  Rain came in torrents, making the road slick.  Off and on, to the border above Jackman, the rains came.  In Quebec, the clouds began to lift, but it didn’t get sunny again.   I had thought of driving country roads down to the St Lawrence looking for rural Canadian scenes.  But with the poor light, it was a straight shot to Lévis across the river from Quebec City. Lévis is a bedroom community for QC.  Near the expressway Rt 20, it is ugly with strip malls and businesses of every type. The drive down to the river goes from ugly to charming.   Down beside the river is Old Lévis where a ferry frequently crosses the river between there and QC. We found a cul-de-sac terrace above the ferry port and watched a gorgeous sunset behind the lights of Frontenac and QC. The scenic “Route des Navigateurs”, Rt 132, follows the south banks of the St Lawrence east beyond Rimouski to the Gaspé.  Originally the land was sectioned off with narrow frontage on the river and farm land or woodland extending far uphill and back towards the south.  This region now has large farms that grow a lot of feed corn, grass/hay, sunflower, alfalfa, and some potatoes and wheat.   Rt 132 is pleasant, with diversions off the route into villages along the river.  The architecture is French...