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Old 08-03-2013, 05:13 AM   #71
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Day 1:
I only had 3 hours sleep yesterday and I am glad to get 7 hours of sleep today, I woke up at 4:30am; I hope I had enough rest to drive to my first site:
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I'm looking forward enjoying the outdoor...it has been 3 weeks since my last camping.

Ok I better stop posting and get packing...
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Old 08-04-2013, 11:50 AM   #72
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Last night I got to my destination south entrance at 8:30 pm but the road was close and there was no mobile service. I have no clue how to get to the other entrance fortunately there was a pay phone. I called my family but all went to voice mail, left a voice mail to my camping friend to call the park and let them know I'm coming the next day and not to cancel my reservation.

Ok I have learned my lesson, make a hard copy of the directions to the entrance and their phone numbers, do not rely on the online map, find their site and get the directions from there instead http://www.pc.gc.ca/pn-np/qc/mauricie/visit/visit1.aspx

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Where I slept last night. It was so easy to set up the Aframe and my front bed was ready, just move the stuff on top away. Within 15 minutes I was inside my trailer heating up my dinner.

With no Internet, power and lots of bugs outside, I slept at 10:30 pm.

Let the adventure begins.....
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Old 08-04-2013, 12:33 PM   #73
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Day 2:
I got up at 5:15 am, there was no issue sleeping at the parking lot and I slept well. I unhooked my trailer to look for mobile service somewhere out there and I found 2 bars of signal with 3G a few kilometers away, I'm happy again...lol. The other entrance is 45 mins away. I love my gadgets, with Internet I got the site I posted earlier, it had GPS locations of the other entrance, entered it in my GPS app...viola I now know how to get there or not but I trust technology, so I got ready to go.
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I got here with my GPS with no problems, here is the info, 46.733830,-72.768330, just copy and paste these numbers in https://maps.google.ca/

It is raining right now but I finished setting up my trailer with tarps for shelter.
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The mod on the roof allows me to hook the tarps which provides shelter between the trailer and gazebo, the front storage has a tarp shelter too.

Wow the weather here changes so much, rain a few minutes and then sunny the next....
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Old 08-04-2013, 06:56 PM   #74
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Looks nice, wish I were there and you were here.
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Old 08-04-2013, 10:34 PM   #75
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Looks nice, wish I were there and you were here.
This is my second night solo and maybe after 20 nights without my friends, I maybe wishing the same thing....NOT

I took a nap this afternoon and got up several hours later...that long driving really got me tired.
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Old 08-05-2013, 06:45 AM   #76
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Day 3:
Got up early and can't go back sleep. It is cold here at 9c and the heat pump keeps me warm 23c but it goes on/off several times an hour, I need to get use to the noise, it still wakes me up.

I was reviewing the GPS app Navigon where it guide me in Day 1. It looks like I have to trick it to use a different route:
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The green flag is where I set up/slept and the orange road to the park was closed
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Maps app shows the route to the park

I need a better road map because I did not see the information I got from the apps.

Thanks to the Internet I got to my destination safely but a day late.
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Old 08-05-2013, 11:53 AM   #77
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Just a note about your Wifi Hotspot with Rogers. As a former Rogers customer of many years, they do not have the greatest coverage here in the Maritimes unless you are near to larger populated areas. I switched to Telus for that reason that when my wife and I started camping again about 5 years ago that the difference in signal between my own Rogers phone and my Telus work phone was night and day. Also at my previous job they for some unknown reason switched from Telus to Rogers and all we heard was complaints from the out of town/fringe area techs that they could not use their phones. I have also done some camping on PEI and a few trips to to Cape Breton and found the coverage to be not very good there as well.
I just confirmed my Rogers hot spot does not work in my campsite. I'm glad Rockin'Ray post this info and I got the Telus iPhone 5 with 5G data plan...thanks to him my Internet is rockin good.
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Old 08-05-2013, 09:18 PM   #78
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My last night in La Mauricie National Park, this place reminds me of Tobermory where I visit once a year forever but because it is far away from home and I'm glad to have experience what the place could offer. I went for a 3 hour hike and it was a hard hike for me because there were lots of hills, rough path but the view at the lookout points were beautiful. I made sure to take it easy because there were hardly any hikers and a sprain ankle will ruin my day and the rest of my trip. I sprained my ankle several weeks ago playing tennis and I'm glad to survived the hike.

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Start of the hiking area, this place is for skiing in the winter and have bike trails too
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No hikers to take my picture...

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Top and bottom of the lake

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Ropes to help you down or up the trail

I think going hiking solo like this is not a good idea. I was lucky to finish the hike safely but I think I may do this again later in my trip, wish me luck.

New Brunswick here I come....
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Thanks for posting, Marc. Great photos!
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Old 08-07-2013, 09:06 AM   #80
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Day 4: (yesterday) Traveling from La Mauricie National Park to Mactaquac Provincial Park
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My driving endurance is getting better, I'm ok between 3-4 hours before rest stop.

One of my GPS broke but I have 2 others for backup. The iPhone 5 does everything, GPS, Camera, Phone, Internet and etc...I have it mounted on the windshield conveniently so I could see it and it could see me, I could touch it to take pictures or to video log my journey lol talking to a machine
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Pictures from my iPhone library, also I take pics for the GPS info, for example rest stops in the highway or a scenery shot, just in case I want to go back there
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Press map and it will go to google map

It was funny to see a neighbor in my campsite that has an A122. They where very friendly and helpful, my pop-up broke and they helped me temporary fixed it with duck tape they provided.
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My neighbor a 2010-A122
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Site is small but cozy. I lost an hour because of the time zone change and I was able to set up the screen room in the dusk with no problem.

So far my A128S is working great. Towing it is so easy, it is front heavy close to 400 lbs, that is over my TV max tongue limit of 350 lbs, the hitch looks ok, no bending or twisting.

I'm using my fridge like a freezer, it gets cold to -3c, all my frozen food from home is still frozen
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I got an ice maker and making a lot of ice to put in a cooler box for my drinks and food.

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This set up works great for collecting grey water, when it is full, cover it and dump it to the closest washroom

Since I am solo, I have 2 layers of cushions on the front bed, it is very comfy and I don't have to use my air mattress.

With all the comforts my rig provides, my journey is looking good....17 nights to go!

Happy Camping...
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