from Riviere Du Loup, PQ
I leave these things too long, I never seem to be pleased with my update. I try
to say too many little things without focussing on some of the incredible
things. But they`re all wonderful, really, to me... And life after all, is made
up of everythings, little and large.
me sum up the past two weeks: new friends in Trois Rivieres, first French TV
interview, first French radio interview, snow in Quebec City, the French
language, Jane has returned to Vancouver, the Charlevoix region is very pretty
but it rolls like the Rockies, I have been moved by the Atlantic Ocean and I`ve
been thinking about yardsticks.
by the way... Have you sent a postcard to St. John`s yet? For those of you joining
us late in the program, I am trying to get the good people of Canada to send
"Happy New Millennium" post cards to the people of St. John`s,
Newfoundland (or to me). I will deliver these greetings on New Year`s Eve in a
triumphant ceremony, or something... (check www.runninginto2000.com under
"postcards" for more info)
back to Trois Rivieres (which is really just one river that splits into 3
because of 2 islands, but that`s okay with me). Francois Roy at City Hall set up
a greeting for Jane & I which included Councillor Jean-Francois Philibert.
After the gather, Jean-Francois invited Jane & I to his home for the next
two nights where we met his wife Sylvie and their two daughters, Genevieve and
Isabelle. Sylvie and Jean-Francois were a lot of fun and we were all reminded
that language differences do not need to be a barrier in getting to know people.
It can actually be fun.
City is a beautiful place to visit, even if it`s snowing. And it was. The
colours were still in their glory, but the snow just couldn`t hold back it`s own
glory. It butted ahead in line and
showed off it`s specialness, which was short-lived. I suspect it will be back
Jane & I were packing up on her final visiting day, a French TV crew showed up
at our Motel (courtesy of my Uncle Ray`s sister, Terese Aubin). I was a
desperate blather of Frenchlish but apparently they aired it that evening.
Terese taped it and that`s one interview I would love to see sometime...
is really quite fun. They even have an actual word for the RoadRunner. A
newspaper reporter called it a "Triporteur" and everyone nods as if
they`ve known about it all their lives, "Aaahh, Le Triporteur, oui,
oui, oui...". Too bad for Jane they don`t seem to yet have a word for
"vegetarian" which resulted in some strange pasta arrivals on her side
of the table. I silently chuckled as she received a plate of spaghetti with no
sauce, but a whelp of melted mozzarella cheese covering it. Another time it was
a plate of spaghetti drizzled in tomato soup.
then Jane leaves... What a shock that was to the system. It`s been a 30 day
visit and now it`s time to re-learn solo travel. I keep looking in my mirrors
for a little green station wagon but I don`t think I`ll find another with Sweet
Jane inside... Can`t stop looking though...
were two route choices for me from Quebec City to Riviere Du Loup.
Some Quebec City folks said "Do the North Shore. It`s
beautiful!" So I did. Holy smokes. Sure, it`s beautiful, but wow, what
hills! Over the past 4 days, I`ve slogged 20 travel hours doing 150k with an
elevation gain of 2000 metres. And then 2000 metres back down (well, actually it
kind of yo-yoed). And these are not gradual hills they have here in the
Charlevoix region. No sir. These are the big French grades with the signs saying
10, 11 and even 12%! My largest grade in BC was 9% for a very short distance.
Here in Charlevoix, we call that a "flat zone". Sure, it`s beautiful,
but the south shore route was a flat road viewing the St. Lawrence Seaway, which
I`m sure would have been lovely...
the North Shore option, I saw Mount Saint Anne (with snow), Baie Saint Paul and
lots of pretty villages. I ended up in St. Simeon on the Trans Saint Laurent
Ferry to Riviere Du Loup. We
travelled the salty waters of the Atlantic Ocean and it dawned on me that I`ve
covered a lot of ground this year.
wonder if we are all as slow to realize our actual progress. Perhaps when you
look at your year from a certain perspective, you`ve also covered a lot of
ground. Be careful not to measure your progress using someone else`s yardstick.
someone who was weight conscious were to evaluate my progress, they would see
that I, RoadRunner and my gear weigh approximately the same as when we started.
They would conclude that I was ineffective in lowering the weight of the load as
I learned what I needed and what was excessive. And that is true. But I also do
not really care about lowering the weight of the load, so what does it matter?
encourage you to find your own yardstick for your own life or don`t even use
one. But please do not measure your life with someone else`s yardstick. It`s
totally irrelevant and often confusing. Especially if you care more about their
yardstick than your own life.
update is from my brother`s home in Fredericton, New Brunswick. Holy smokes...
What a country...
you find your dreams, live your dreams and help others to keep on dreaming.
Du Loupily Yours,
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