Some days are strictly play days, others (like yesterday) are traveling days, and days like today that combine moving to another spot but playing along the way I call “repositioning” days.
It was the absolute perfect thing to do staying at the Best Western Plus at the Montreal airport last night, and it was a very nice experience. They were exceedingly helpful, room exceptionally nice, had a wonderful dinner at the bar, and the free breakfast was not the typical buffet but a sit down with selections that rivaled what I get at the Red Lion Inn. And it ended up I was a two minute walk from an express bus station that for $3 got me to the Metro where I transferred (free) to get to my car. May I recommend you do the same someday – park where I did, stay where I did, and use Montreal’s public transportation to full advantage. Once retrieving my car I headed to Canada Expressway 10.
RAY RECOMMENDS – LESSONS – SUGGESTIONS – Etc.
- If staying at the airport in Montreal book a room at the Best Western Plus or Marriott where,
- You can walk to a bus terminal to catch an express bus for $3 and connect to the Metro to then
- Travel by Metro to Universite-de-Sherbrooke where you can park and pay,
- $7.25 a day longterm — my bill for 5 days was $36.25 — try to beat that in any city
- Carry two credit cards with you — when the machine at the parking lot will not read your primary card, you have a backup. I always carried only one, but in October at a restaurant in London David’s card was rejected. He had another. Later that night on investigating he found that the card company fearing fraud put a stop on his card. The night before he hosted a party for a convention and paid the bill (over $5,000) on his card. Once he said it was a legitimate charge all was well. I learned my lesson well that night.
- Sign-up for SKYPE and install it on all your computers and mobile devices. Costs 2 cents a minute world-wide, but toll-free numbers still cost nothing (used it often this trip for making arrangements)
- WI-FI for free now can be found almost anywhere, handy for SKYPE when,
- You think your credit card may have a stop on it because an hour after you made a charge by SKYPE for a ticket in New Hampshire, you check out of your hotel in Montreal causing the problem at the parking machine.
- Always stop at Tourist Information centers to gather information helpful for Shunpiking, and use the free WI-FI to SKYPE your credit card company in case their computer feared fraud on your card. Ends up it was probably only a momentary time-out on a computer connection to the parking lot machine.
- When at a Tourist information center ask for the good area maps that are hidden away because they are good and costly to make. I got a fantastic EASTERN TOWNSHIPS map with “Tours and Scenic Routes – Wine Routes, Summit Drive – Township Trails”
- Never be in a rush, stop look and study the map and plan a new route. And,
- Have a collection of I-Toys with you. I always laughed at the kids having an average of 2.5 amongst them on our trips to Italy, but I now carry four. IPhone (in the states), IPOD great for out of country – my watch, and to catch WI-FI, my IPAD comes in handy for a quick check or in a restaurant and now for saving maps, and I love my MacBookAir — so much easier to travel with than the PC, and so light with a long battery time. So, RAY RECOMMENDS – take the plunge and collect I-Toys.
Once I left the Tourist Information center instead of heading to pick up the major Route 55 to head south to Interstate 91 I opted to take Exit 90 (number based upon the mileage marker) toward Lac-Brome and Knowlton on Route 243. Sorry, you probably don’t have this map to follow my route. Well, I cannot wait to get back. Some of the most beautiful scenery I have seen and most pristine properties. And then I got to my first Chemin Des Cantons – Knowlton, where I strolled around. Intriguing looking restaurants everywhere, shops, and money dripping. Here is a gallery of views.
You can click on any image to start a slide show
Continuing out of town on 243 I wanted to head over to Lac Mempphremagog to head south towards a remote border crossing (you know I love them). Well, my under the tourist center counter map had a left turn onto Ch. de Glen which took me through Bolton-Centre. It turned into dirt – love it – where is BLACK BEAUTY or BLUE BELLE when you want them – well they will return. I took a right on Ch. Cooledge continuing south through Knowlton Landing, Mansonville, Highwater (maybe three houses there) and over the hill to the border crossing. After a friendly visit with the lonely and lovely border guard I picked up US 105 to Newport to (sorry) get onto Interstate 91. I had so many options to get to my destination tonight, but early on decided that time would determine which route to take. Would you believe I know most of the ways to get around even up here near the border?
I arrived and settled in at the Mountain View Grand Hotel in Whitefield, NH about 4:30, and have been on the front porch since about 5 typing and sharing with you. So now to post this short one (for a change) giving you a break from yesterday’s tome. BUT, come back tomorrow for something special. Something I have wanted to do since I first saw it 50 years ago is what I bought a ticket for this morning. But to do it right I have to be on the road at 7AM. You will not want to miss the pictures and video.
Have a great evening, as always, yours, RAY