Day 7-8 Cap-Aux-Os   Leave a comment

Our drive to Cap-Aux-Os, Gaspe was the most beautiful drive. We found the most unique looking homes along the way. Below is one of my favorites.

This year we were able to stop at Nordais Wind Park “Eole,” the windmill farm.

The smaller windmills, the ones we are most familiar, cost $200,000 per blade. They use 3 blades per windmill with each blade weighing 9 tons. Those are the blades you might see a tractor trailer hauling down the highway. I didn’t realize they had brakes! Below is a picture of the windmill with its brakes on.

We also saw delivery of a few of the blades along the way.

We saw quite a few lighthouses traveling to our next stop on the Gaspe, but only got a picture of a few of them.

The Mantane Lighthouse.

The La Martre lighthouse on our route is probably the most picturesque. What a view! It was so beautiful, the pictures look fake.

The Cap Madeleine Lighthouse.

The Cap-des-Rosiers Lighthouse.

The drive around the Gaspe Peninsula is the most beautiful drive, but very “hilly.” The steep grades are not quite like out west because they are much shorter, but they are just as steep.

Although it was beautiful, it was the roughest ride yet.

Arriving at Camping Baie de Gaspe, what a beautiful view.

We visited Forillon National Park. Before the Government made it a park, it was a community of fisherman, mostly cod fish. The coast of Gaspe is where the finest cod in all America is cured. It is well-known on the markets of Spain and Italy where it is the preferred fish. They would fish hundreds of pounds per day that needed to be dried to be preserved. It was known as the “Gaspe Cure,” dried code from the Gaspe was famous for its pale, translucent appearance and its virtual imperishability. They used a quality curing process inherited from the 16th century which thrived throughout the 19th century.

At the “General Store” the clerk was trying to get Bill to open up an account.

We also visited a house and barn. In the barn, we found graffiti dating back to late 1800. Bill found graffiti from PS Horton who arrived on Bill’s birthday, May 24, only it was 1907. Check out the wooden gutter on the house below right.

Above right Bill is horsing around.

Driving through the park is a beautiful experience. It goes for miles and miles along the water.

We also got a chance to drive over to Gaspe. How beautiful.

Their ice cream was just as good as Isle of Orleans.

Someone in our group mentioned how “Quebecers” drive. Sorry my Quebecer friends, but I have to agree with them. This guys was waiting to make a left onto the road and look what he did! (car on the left that should be on the right)

We didn’t think he was EVER going to get in his lane.

Driver meeting and time to move on tomorrow.


Posted June 26, 2015 by carolnbill in Travel

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