Well, I was planning on being in Canada for about month, but I didn’t plan very well for my data service so I’ve left Canada early and started the Old Canada Road scenic byway towards my quest to fulfill all 300 of National Geographic 300 Scenic Highways & Byways.
I loved my time in Canada while visiting Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Quebec provinces, but it’s time to get back to the States so I can work with my normal data plan capacity without being throttled at a half a gig a day.
Next time I’ll have to plan better for my time in Canada so I can stay longer and enjoy this beautiful country and the diversity of culture and topography.
Traveling on Old Canada Road
My quest on Old Canada Road started at the border of Quebec, Canada, just south of Saint Georges, Quebec on U.S. 201 traveling south for 78 miles to Solon, Maine where the scenic byway ends.
Old Canada Road is an old logging road with ruts, bumps, and rough road – some areas are better than others, however the beauty is worth the bumpy ride.
There are thick groves of trees lining Kennebec River in some areas and then it clears so you can literally see through the trees. I was even able to pull over in one area and get out and enjoy the wilderness and river in person rather than just driving by.
The National Geographic book stated to be on the look out for logging trucks and moose.
Okay – I have been seeing signs all the way from Maine through Canada and then back again in Maine – and now in the National Geographic book – and I haven’t seen one moose during my entire trip. Not even when I was camping.
I mean I’m glad I didn’t see any in the road and I’m hoping that means that they are staying the woods where it would be much safer than being on the road.
Overall, it was a spectacular drive with small towns scattered throughout the drive and full of incredible scenery.
Visiting Friends in Log Cabin in the Catskills Mountain
When I was in Olcott, New York on the Great Lakes Seaway Trail, I met Grant and Mark and their sweet little dog Queenie in the park. They just happened to be staying at the same state park, Golden Hill State Park, that I was planning on staying.
So at their recommendation I camped at Golden Hill State Park that night and spent hours visiting with Mark and Grant in their new, shiny Airstream. They invited me to their home when I was passing through again so I took them up on their offer.
When I hear “log cabin” for some reason that conjures up a small log cabin home – like Little House on the Prairie kind of home, but with modern amenities.
I was in a for a huge surprise after I cleared the forest on the dirt road to their home and it opened up to lush green lawns, massive forest trees, and this beautiful log cabin home.
What a treat!
I loved every minute of my stay with Mark and Grant.
They showed me their beautiful home, the tiles that Mark had made himself for the kitchen walls, how they had sourced the wood and built the house themselves, literally.
They had a beautiful room set-up for me and my own bathroom with piping hot water. That may sound weird, but I’m accustomed to military showers in the RV so just standing under running hot water felt so luxurious!
Mornings were filled with coffee, breakfast, and chats in our pajamas. We visited farmers markets, antique stores, and did some shopping in town.
I so appreciated their offer and hosting and can’t wait to meet up with them again one day.
I’m forever surprised at the kind and generous people I meet on the road and the friendships that develop.
It’s a great life.
Overnights & Places Visited
- Walmart boondocking in Catskills, New York/ $0
- Mark & Grant's house / $0
- Olana House farm area in Catskills, New York / $0
- Olana House parking is definitely not for RVs so park down at the bottom of the hill by the farm and barn area.
Cell Phone Signal Strength: 3-5 bars
Park Pass: N/A
Panasonic Lumix G85 Camera – For most still images and vlogging
Sony Action Cam FDRX3000 – For dash cam and walking/talking video
Joby Gorillapod – Used for holding the cameras as a tripod or mounting to just about anything to capture a shot.
AllStays app – Use on phone or desktop for finding gas stations, RV parks, campgrounds, propane, and more on your travel route.
Verizon Data Plan – Best nationwide coverage as of this post while traveling.