Canada again, resting awhile

Trip Start Mar 14, 2006
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Trip End Mar 15, 2007


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Wednesday, May 24, 2006

The drive from St. Jonesbury to the Border was relatively uneventful. I was still pretty impressed with the "rockiness" of the area. The black rock looks like some type of shale or something which has been shattered into chunks and slices. It sits in humps and bumps covered in earth. Grass and vegetation and appears to be ready to fall apart at any shake of the earth. Crossing at the border could not have been easier. One or two questions and that was it.

On the way to Quebec, I saw a notice for "un site magnifique", the Moulin a Laine avec Pont Couvert (Covered Bridge and Woolen Mills) at Ulverton in the Eastern Townships (where I was driving through). I originally thought there was also a waterwheel and that I'd be able to see the actual mill in action; however, it was basically a covered bridge, a series of rapids, a mill next to the rapids and a lovely mill pond down below. I gather that the actual milling of the wool was done under the building itself.

Apparently in about 1803 there were 18 different mills on the Ulverton River. These included grain, woolen, cheese, tannery and something else I can not translate. In the mid 19th century, a large wave of Scottish immigrants, many of them weavers by trade, came to settle in the Eastern Townships and along the Richelieu Valley. Not long after, numerous woolen factories sprang up all over the Townships to fill the demand for wool. The mill I was looking at was one of these established at the time the Industrial Revolution was starting in Quebec.

Arrived at my friend Susan's after lunch. Between May 24 - May 30 - I stayed at Susan's in Quebec City. In Susan's absence her friend from the Gaspe was looking after her home and cats. As well, the lease is up at the end of the month and this is very trying for everyone. Pre-planning for storage of my car was on hole until Susan's return about May 28 so I spent some time getting ready to leave for the UK portion of my trip by getting my car serviced, buying essential medical things, sending things back to BC (thanks to my sister and cousin for this). I was somewhat concerned that I could not get my plane ticket until I have a place to leave the car; however, this worked out in the end, thanks to a Kamloops friend whose husband will drive the car to Ottawa then they will pick it up and drive it to Kamloops later in the year. What would I do without my very good friends on this trip. Thank you all.
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