After a great weekend in Old Quebec City we packed up the Vulcan and prepared for the 800km trip home. Instead of splitting the trip up, as we did on the way in, we decided to just zip back in one very long day.
Now, I love Google Maps. But it doesn’t always give the best route. It may give the fastest, but not the best. In this case, it gave us a complicated route out of Quebec City and back to Route 20 – which turns in to the 401 in Ontario. I asked the lady at the hotel office what was the best way and she suggested Boulevard Champlain. That was the best advice I’d been given that weekend.
Boulevard Champlain was the nicest stretch we drove the entire trip. It’s a beautifully maintained, twisting two lane along the St. Lawrence. There was no traffic and a spectacular view as we cruised along.
After that, it was a long ride through Quebec, especially in Montreal where traffic and construction slowed us right down. Someone later told me, ‘If you can drive in Quebec you can drive anywhere,’ but I didn’t find it particularly difficult or dangerous. The condition of the road left something to be desired…
We were making great time as we approached Ontario when suddenly Route 20 came to a standstill. It took a long time to move a little distance, and an hour or so later we discovered that construction brought the highway to one lane. Again, a major east-west route brought to one lane during a long weekend. Unbelievable.
It was great pulling in to Oshawa, 11 hours later, and jumping in to the pool. We were both tired and sore but happy to be home.