BigfootChevy: thanks to you for taking the time to browse through our little trip report!
TwoMaineiacs: argh, the white flakes; just when I thought that we were going tropical here
Bka0721: Our growing season is indeed short, however it seems like it never ever gets dark out over summer, with the sun rising at 5 AM and setting at 10PM, 17-hours of growing. We actually have to use our room blinds to get enough sleep
Bob'n Dot: it seems to be the overwhelming consensus that our area looks Euro
S1214: we just spoke with family in Middlebury, and the river itself went up historically, however, the town center fared relatively well; the river got within ~100 feet of the house; Brendan (just south of Middlebury) was flooded some with Route 7 closed for a time; and Rutland got hit quite badly...
Weymard: you are very perceptive indeed, you see the melange of influence in the map place names, store names, some architecture, etc
CueSee: the trail system I saw evolve from zero trails in the late '60s, to a few crude attempts at trails in the '70s, to a full blown non profit organization acquiring lands and rights to manage large tracts as Parks, and making of elaborate professionally made trails. During the fall leaf color season, the trails are closed to hikers, so hunters can hunt the area.
Gaetan: thanks you; I hope that more will visit our region, too
I was raised in Magog just East of you. I was in Knowlton last May for my brother birthday party weekend.
How does that poor truck handle the great Quebec roads? I don't think my truck could handle them. lol
I don't remember any of the roads being unusually bad in Silvers immediate area last year, it was upscale... the roads in the states getting there were in such poor repair that it may have affected our perspective. Roads in the Maritimes and New England were generally in pretty poor shape, there may not be enough money to repair them.
I know that we didn't get jolted nearly as bad when we were driving slower. The speed limits were slower in general than the states... after a couple of months we we comfortable poking along at the 60 kph speed limit on many of the back roads in Canada... frost heaves and potholes aren't as jolting at these the lower speeds.
48 kph for 30 mph
64 kph for 40 mph
72 kph for 45 mph
80 kph for 50 mph
88 kph for 55 mph
and 105 kph for 65 mph... I don't remember ever getting this fast
Most of the main highways were OK
The steepest roadway in the North east and Maritimes is also in the best over all state of repair... at 45 degees... Silvers driveway
from the porch... the Silvers can look down on the world...
The 139 from Richford, VT all the way to Sutton was completely redone over the past year (smooth as a billiard table); the redo was just after Sleepy visited. The roads dept completely redid the Mansonville main road (in town). Our Hwy 10 from about the Magog cutoff all the way to Montreal is about 60% repaved. There is a new mega cloverleaf at the Eastman exit & the Bromont exit, too. The 112 from Eastman to Chambly varies from hellacious, to excellent (the Waterloo town road system was totally re-done over the past 12-months, because it was indeed atrocious previous to that). The Old Village of Bromont completely re-did it's road system, sidewalks, sewer, water and natural gas lines over the past 24-months. The 241 from Granby to Cowansville is pretty well in mint condition (smooth as a billiard table). Sleepy's route up the St Lawrence towards Three Rivers is quite good. The Megantic region roads were/are in fairly good repair 2 years ago I recall.
We completely re-built our driveway 6 weeks ago (300 feet of it). It's as smooth as a billiard table.
Now.......the roads in and around Montreal (with exception of the Beltway and Hwy 10 & 20) are to a greater extent undriveable.
Silver, Thanks for the trip report and photos. I have only been up in your neck of the woods once. I went and visited Monteral then I went back in to the US and drove through Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine, I also went of to St. John, New Brunswick. Your photos tell me that I need to go back and do more serious exploring of the area. Many thanks again.