We went to bed early since it got dark so early - 7:30 and pitch dark - forgot that again we are in a new time zone so lost an hour.
|On the beach|
|Watching "Duchess of Duke Street" in bed!|
However, we entertained ourselves lying in our comfy bed, sipping our wine and watching the first episode of The Duchess of Duke Street - an old series that we have never seen but got on dvd. Great fun!
On the 12th, we set off on the coast road for Farillon National Park.
|Miles & miles of coast road|
|View from the top|
Me in my new radio-canada CBC T-shirt that I bought in Ottawa. Richard's has a quote from Gabrielle Roy - so we fit culturally in this bilingual province.
After the hike up, we went down the 100 or so stairs to the beach - and Richard took a dip - braving the icy water twice! The beach was pebbles - small and smooth tiny pebbles that were very hard on the feet. I might have gone in the water had I thought to bring my sand shoes and bathing suit but, alas, I was not equipped so....:-)
|Swimming off Gaspe|
We love the camper - it is a great way to travel. We can park anywhere and really don't need a campsite - the cost of those adds up - anywhere from $25-$35 a night so far. The main benefits are the showers and sometimes picnic tables. I say 'sometimes' since one site we stayed on had tables but they were so badly designed that when I joined Richard to sit on one side of the table, the whole thing and all the stuff on it fell on top of us. Fortunately, no lighted stove or pot of boiling water!
|Shaving in camp|
Richard is good at guessing where his chin is! As you can see, we are on tarmac and this was probably in one of the rest stops by the highway. The Gaspe has a staggering number of Haltes Municipales - areas with picnic tables, trees, rest rooms and water, often spacious and in pretty spots by the water - as well as campsites, mostly occupied by immense house size rvs that apparently people leave there for the winter and use during the summer like a cottage - except that there is almost no privacy and in some places they are simply in a grassed parking lot.
|Special 9/11 Fireman's Harley Davidson in Bathhurst - the owner was so eager to show us that he left us at the place where we were getting a long overdue oil change, went home to change and bring back his bike for us to admire.|