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Published: March 5th 2011
I arrived in Saint Raymond yesterday. The total trip was just about 1,000 miles from home. This is really pretty country here, very hilly and rural. And lots of snow! Originally I planned to ride from here to Riviere du Loup in the Gaspe Peninsula where the guided tour is going to start, but I stopped at this snowmobile dealer to pick up my 7 day Quebec trail permit ($180, ouch) and after going over the map with the guys at the dealership I found out that it would be about a 400+ km ride (around 250 miles). This, by myself, before starting a 1,200 mile tour on Sunday seemed like a bit much, so I've decided to drive the truck and trailer to Riviere du Loup.
The people I've met so far have all been very nice, but very few speak any English. They are every proud of their French culture here. It is pretty cool. I only have one thing that I don't quite understand. In every other Canadian province, all the way into the Yukon Territory, 3,000 miles from Quebec, they have all the road and info signs bilingual: English and French. Here....no English at all. Hardly
seems fair that the French Quebecers make the rest of the country use French, but the country doesn't force Quebec to use English on their signs. Oh well, I guess that just adds to the quaintness of the area and the feeling that you are truly in a foreign country.
This is big time snowmobile country. Lots of sleds here. The locals here call it Skidooing.
Tomorrow I visit the Ice Hotel and plan to tour Old Quebec City----400 years old!
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