Yup, and it’s not because we both gained 5 pounds by eating too well and too much with friends and family 🙂 Even with the scooter gone, we’re still over the GVWR and the rear axle is also over its GAWR. At least we aren’t over the tires maximum load anymore. Rear axle weighs in at 1770 kg and the tires are good for 900 kg. I guess we are right there though. Plan is to buy some better tires in the USA on the way to Mexico. Ultimately we may have to add additional suspension to the rear axle to help distribute the weight evenly but realistically, we’re probably just going to leave it like that once the better tires are on.
We spent most of our 2 weeks in Chicoutimi going from one family member to another and it was great. It was long overdue since it had been over a year and half since I visited and probably two and a half year for Elaine. And I don’t even remember the last time I was able to stay in town for more than a few days. It used to be lightning visits because of the store. Another good thing Elaine now knows most of my family and vice versa. We spent a lot of time swimming around in pools and lakes and we even got to try wake boarding. I got up on my first go and Elaine was able to stay up pretty good on her third attempt. It’s very similar to snowboarding and it hurts just as much when you wipe out good! We were both pretty sore from it the next day. One day while cruising around in my cousin’s boat, we were challenged by her boyfriend Simon to jump from one bridge we drove underneath of. We weren’t able to measure it but some say it was about 30 feet high. I’m going to say that it was at least 20 and pretty fun to do. I didn’t think Elaine would follow through but she did it like she’s been jumping from bridges all her life.
It was our friend’s birthday on the Friday and after visiting a Beer Festival (at which we didn’t buy any beers due to you know what), we invited everyone to our van which was parked nearby. I love the relaxed attitude in Quebec (or at least in Chicoutimi) with alcohol in public areas. This was in a public parking and although we were about a dozen of us drinking a fair amount of beer, no police or complaints came our way.
On the todo list we were able to bang out all of it. The scooter was sold for too little but at least it’s taken care of. It cost me $182.44 for the out of province inspection and to replace the rear tire which was the only thing wrong with it. I sold it for $500 so I netted $317.56. I haven’t decided yet if I’ll add that money to the trip’s fund or not. Furthermore we replaced the leaky dome thing with a bad ass one that has a cover over top of the dome so that you can have the thing opened up all the time, even if it’s raining. Finally the crazy switch for the water pump was replaced at the cost of $6, and a little hacking to make it fit where the old one was. We now have running water again !
We did really good on the food side of things this week. Not only did my mom give us about 20 Mason jars of canned food but we were also fed a lot by everyone we visited. We scored a lot of food on sale too.. look at the picture! To reward ourselves for all those savings, we broke the bank and bought a local delicacy, Blueberry covered dark chocolate ($7).
We are now in Quebec city writing this. We arrived last night and spent the evening at a good friend I grew up spending my summers with at the campground. It must have been over 10 years since I last saw him. Got to love Facebook and the ability to keep in touch with old friends easily.
Today we visited Old Quebec. Walked a lot, biked a bit and came prepared with our lunches so no money was spent. We finished it off at a public pool nearby. After having been in the sun/heat all day and a mellow 18km return bike ride, it was nice to dip ourselves in the water. Great thing is that this pool is free to use! They even have warm showers to rinse off afterwards. Since we didn’t climb one bit in Saguenay we are heading off to a crag in Saint-Alban. Rain is in the forecast but apparently the crag is all overhanging and climbable in wet conditions.
Last but not least, unavoidably,…. THE BUDGET! It’s been four weeks and things are looking good!
Week #4 expenses (July 17-July 23):
Fun: $82.65 (mostly booze)
Grand total: $1523.74 ($999.31 in transportation fees)
Distance traveled is now about 5000 km.
Thanks for reading us. We really enjoy writing about our trip and hopefully it’s not too painful to read 🙂
M & E