First of All -
- First trip to French bibliotech (library) for internet connection
- First scouting trip to a bus station
- Miles Cruised today: 0 – Layover Day
- Total Miles Cruised to date: 5,386
- Hours Underway: NA
- Fuel: NA
- Morning House Battery Reading: 14.3 (plugged in)
- Wind Speed: 12; Wind Direction: W
- Daily High Temperature: 74
- Water Temperature: 67
Hip hurting again this morning. Discouraging, but I’ll just have to work through it and hope it eases up in a few days. First task is to get up to the bibliotech when they open at 10am, so Sandy can try to get her Ancestry program working again. She needs to do a lengthy download, and the internet here in the marina is just too erratic to do the job. We’re at the entrance 15 minutes early, and when they open the doors, a helpful lady with excellent English gets us connected to their wifi. Sandy phones for tech support with Ancestry and finally gets the download started. It’s still running when noon approaches, and the library closes down till 1:30pm, but they let us leave the laptop inside, still running, till they reopen. We walk back to the boat for lunch. When we return to the library the download is complete and successful. Hurray! First success of the day.
Sandy totes the computer back to the boat while I take it easy under a nice shade tree, just across the street from the beautiful St. Peter’s Church, parish founded in 1670, church built in 1826. Our next task is to hike about 1 1/2 miles over to the bus station, so I can figure out transportation to and from Quebec. It won’t be simple, and we need to formulate a good plan. Lucky for us, the bus station has a real live person at a ticket window. Julia speaks excellent English, she knows exactly what we need to do, and she’s more than willing to take all the time we need to gain a clear understanding of the steps. Our plan is this: bright and early tomorrow morning we tote our stuff about 3/4 mile over to the bus station in front of the hospital, where we catch the 700 bus at 7:25am. This bus takes us to the bus station, and we hop on the bus to the Longueuil transit station on the edge of Montreal at 7:37am. We arrive there at 9:11am and then we buy round trip tickets for the bus to Quebec City. Depending on connections, we should arrive in Quebec by or before noon. We then call for a cab ride to our bed and breakfast, which is located in the heart of the Old City. We get back to the boat by reversing the steps. I’d originally planned 2 nights in Quebec, but upon further consideration, I call our B & B to see if they can accomodate us for a 3rd night. They can, so we now plan to be there until Saturday morning. We’re very excited at the prospect of visiting this world renowned city. As an added bonus, we’ll be there for their Fete National, or National Party, which celebrates Quebec’s francophone heritage. In addition to selling us our bus tickets, Julia also gives us a great restaurant recommendation, and also encourages us to take a horse drawn carriage tour of the city. Narration will no doubt be in French. I really wish I’d studied harder when I took my single year of French back in 1964. Bus schedule and tickets in pocket: second success of the day.
Last objective of the day is to walk past the hospital so we’re sure of the bus stop location. Finding the stop is easier said than done. We find the bus shelter for the west bound bus, but there is no such structure for the east bound route, which we need to catch. I want to be sure we’re standing at the right location. After much searching, and a quick phone call to Julia I finally locate the sign. It’s amazingly small and inconspicuous, with letters which can be read from just a few feet away. However, now we know where it is. We walk back to the boat along a nice waterfront path, getting a nice look at a cute little muskrat along the way. This evening we need to pack clothing and incidentals into our tote bags, so we’re ready for a good early start. Don’t want to miss that bus.