In case you’re wondering where I’ve been for the last week, we just took a much needed rest at my parents’ house in Quebec. It has been wonderful to relax for a while, but we are both ready to tackle the last leg of this journey.

Quebec has been beautiful to drive through, and incidentally also has the nicest “info-touriste” rest stops we have seen so far. Each one has its own tiny depanneur. The depanneur is one of my favourite Quebec institutions (and if you have not been in a depanneur there is no possible way I can describe

Winnipeg, Manitoba

We drove from Regina to Winnipeg on Thursday, and have been recuperating at a relative’s house for a few days. They live in a beautiful neighbourhood near downtown Winnipeg. We have enjoyed a few exploratory walks, but mostly just slept and rested. Winnipeg seems like a vibrant city. Not surprisingly, I honed in on some local bookstores. (In an act of true heroism I did not buy any books to load into our already overloaded van.)

During our drive here I wrote “Botany” looking out the car window. We left a couple of copies on some lampposts here.

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