Long drive to Montreal
We decided not to stay to do more exploring and to head out after breakfast. The kids snuck in a quick game of checkers as we checked out and I took a few pics on the way to the hotel parking lot before we drove up to the admissions center for breakfast.
Breakfast was good, although the potatoes were a bit salty. Kyle took a risk and tried the cretons. After breakfast, we did some shopping at the souvenir shop. They had a wide variety of merchandise including hand-made toques, mitts, and socks, books, music, wooden shoes, instruments and beautiful quilts.
Then the adventure began! We headed out to Montreal with just over a quarter tank of gas assuming that there would be places to stop along the way. We started out along the coast and then continued onto a secondary highway that would take us to St. Quentin. What we didn’t realize was that it was primarily a logging road that had no civilization for around 135 km. There was next to no traffic other than the logging trucks and it was a winding, hilly road with many potholes – oh, and I should mention, no cell service.
The gas light came on around 40 km from St. Quentin so we were quite confident that we could make it without incident. Of course, there were potty emergencies but those were easier to take care of. We arrived at a gas station in St. Quentin, a logging town with a huge sawmill, only to find out they were out of gas. The next gas station along our route was about 45 minutes. We explained that we wouldn’t be able to make it that far and the young man directed us to a closer station around the corner. Thank goodness they still had fuel, or we would have been in big trouble.
We arrived in Montreal around 7 pm, found parking in a nearby lot and checked into our hotel, Le Square Phillips Hôtel et Suites. Our room is huge and well-equipped with a full kitchen.