Driving Along the Mountains and Atlantic Ocean
Heading up from Gaspe, round the Peninsula. First the roads are a bit shaky, but then it opens up to a wonderful scenario of small places, wide and unique roads, ideal for cruising with a fast bike......
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A Gaspesie country lane
To our delight and chagrin not all the back roads within the park boundaries were marked on our park-supplied topo map. After our morning hike up Mont des Pics, we found ourselves on this sunny rolling backway and walked in the bright sun for an hour or so, without seeing another soul. There were numerous other roads with signage beckoning us towards various lakes in the distance, but we headed back to camp for lunch, a nap, and another hike in the park before the late sunset.
Later when we departed Gaspesie for Forillon, we drove down a similar road to the coast...and nearly bottomed out our trusty old Saab in a washout. Maybe by foot, bike, or 4x4 is the way to go. No problems at all with the main roads in the park, though, so dont worry!
Grave markers facing the water
We found a small graveyard behind one of the churches...all of the markers face the sea (and the passing sailboat). We tasted the water nearby and found it to have a touch of salinity, the Atlantic's waters mixing with the freshwater St. Lawrence. Soon enough as you head up the coast towards Gaspe the north coast drops away from view.
Little coastal towns sprinkle the coast
This could be any town connected by Route 132 along the southern shore of the St. Lawrence. These villages wrap around coves, and you often decend into them from the intervening hills as you see here. The silver roofs of the churches are prominent in most. You can find gas, groceries, and plenty of cheap cabins along the route depending on your need.
Please ignore the bugsplats on the windshield!
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