This was another long and monotonous day. Labrador City located on Labrador and Quebec border did not make any impression on me. Another boring settlement I visited in central Labrador, but it was a good place to have something to eat. On the parking lot, a tracker from New Brunswick approached me saying, "I wish I could be somewhere else, driving here is a hell." He could not believe that I came here voluntarily in search of adventure.
In the early afternoon, I entered province of Quebec. The traffic was much heavier. Gravel highway was the worst I have driven so far, lots of dust, sharp curves and road was washboard, all the way. I got a bad headache. I do not even remember where exactly I had my third flat tire on this Labrador trip. Finally, the gravel surface ended permanently near a dam in Manicougan. The Labrador challenge has ended for me with total over 750 miles (1,200 km) driven on gravel roads.
Reaching the first towns on the north shore of the St. Laurence River was for me the definitive return to modern civilization. Car dealers, shopping malls, wide paved roads, there was nothing exotic any more. I continued driving west along the St. Laurence. Just before ferry crossing on the Sanguenway River I read that, this is a fjord. I also noticed that many tourist-oriented places along the way advertised themselves as close to the fjord. This is an obvious tourist trap. Even if it is a fjord in accordance to the definition, it does not resemble a fjord. It is possible that millions of years ago, there were high rocky slopes of the fjord, but today it is unfortunately only a small valley. There are many similar places around the world.
I stopped briefly in Quebec City. This town was even more crowded than during my past visits. I was terribly hot. Air temperature was above 30şC, about 15 more than 24 hours ago in Labrador. At that moment, it was not a place for me. I was still in quiet and peaceful mood of Newfoundland and Labrador. Loud and crowded city did not fit into my off-road travel agenda. I left Quebec City as quickly as possible. To get home I needed yet another 10 hours of driving.