Gang Aft Agley
Just another of life's lessons learned about relying too heavily on computer-based time estimates, airline schedules, and the like. As I write this we are on our third semi-annual Mystery Trip with our grandsons. The plan was to fly from Tucson to Montréal and then drive the rest of the way up to Québec yesterday and to spend today, a quiet Sunday, exploring old Québec. All started well - our flight out of Tucson was on time and our continuing flight out of Dallas/Fort Worth was showing as on time when we left home. At Dallas, our continuing flight was showing as 10 minutes delayed, then 30, and finally left an hour late. Clearing customs took a bit more time than we anticipated as did getting the rental car. All of that put us late enough that most restaurants in the northeastern suburbs of Montreal were closed or closing, and the one place we did find took quite a while to prepare our food.
All those little delays added up to our getting into our accommodations in the little town of Château-Richer around 2:30 in the morning local time. True, that was only 11:30 on our biological clocks, but we had all, children included, been on the 'road' for 16 hours. Anyway - to bed.
Woke up this morning and headed into Ste. Anne de Beaupré to fill up our cupboards and fridge only to be met at the nearest corner by a rather severe accident. Although we managed to get by without too much trouble, by the time we returned home the accident had still not been cleared and traffic was now severely backed up both on the main road along the St. Lawrence River as well as the smaller side road parallel to it and on which our house sits. It took us nearly 20 minutes to go the last couple of tenths of a mile. That was nearly three hours ago, and I am still looking out at our little street that is nothing but bumper-to-bumper traffic moving at what can be euphemistically termed a snail's pace.
So no trip into Québec City today. Fortunately, there are some nice areas to walk, and we can certainly do with a down day after yesterday's travels.
Last edited by Mark Sedenquist; 06-22-2014 at 02:16 PM.
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16 hours is a long day
Phew! What a day of travel.
Looking forward to reading more about this adventure!