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Autumn Pictures / Highway 10

About every other weekend, I drive the entire length of highway 10, back and forth, twice, to pick and return my 11-year-old son. Fortunately, the scenery along the road is beautiful. Not that I care as much anymore than I did three years ago, but the change of seasons always renews the experience a bit.

Autoroute 10 was open to traffic in December 1964 under the name Autoroute des Cantons-de-l’Est (Eastern Township Expressway). It became the fastest link between Montréal (Québec’s metropolis) and Sherbrooke (sixth province’s city in population and heart of the Eastern Township – a region historically based on agriculture but which have since developed into a more urban area). A-10 is a stretch of 147 km / 91 miles (about 90 minutes drive in ideal conditions) which goes through the Appalachian mountain range, making it quite interesting for both drivers and passengers. Because its eastern end approaches the American states of Vermont and Maine, it is also a popular way for American tourists to reach for Montréal.

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I often took pictures along the road, but with the beautiful autumn colors it was only logical to take some specially for my blog. My theme is not ideal for pictures, it was chosen for text readability. But you can click on the pictures to view a larger version. They are of very high resolution.

Welcome to highway 10.

No, my modern dash isn't that interesting. I just wanted to point out it was a warm day at 23°C / 73°F, well over season normals for a 12th of October.

No, my modern dash isn’t that interesting. I just wanted to point out it was a warm day at 23°C / 73°F, well over season normals for a 12th of October.

As Autoroute 10 goes through the mountains, terraforming had to be performed at many places, creating these nice looking cliffs.

As Autoroute 10 goes through the mountains, terraforming had to be performed at many places, creating these nice looking cliffs.

A lot of red. Red is the color sugar maple takes at fall, and since we have a lot of maple trees, we have a lot of red.

A lot of red. Red is the color sugar maple takes at fall, and since we have a lot of maple trees, we have a lot of red.

This place marks the entrance into the Appalachian mountain range, visible at the infinity.

This place marks the entrance into the Appalachian mountain range, visible at the infinity.

Another terraformed spot, so the hills on the road aren't as steep.

Another terraformed spot, so the hills on the road aren’t as steep.

This is a good example of why A-10 is interesting to both drivers (lots of hills and curves, you will not fall asleep at the wheel) and passengers (cliffs, mountains and trees everywhere).

This is a good example of why A-10 is interesting to both drivers (lots of hills and curves, you will not fall asleep at the wheel) and passengers (cliffs, mountains and trees everywhere).

Despite trying at many occasions, I was never able to make this spot as beautiful on pictures as it is to the eye. Basically, you need to climb a long hill, and when you finally reach the top and begin to go down again, you are presented with this view on a large mountain, directly into the sun, which takes different colors along the year. You need to watch for the tourists ahead though, who will inevitably hit the brakes at the sight of the abrupt descending slope and the curve at the bottom which appears a lot steeper than it really is.

Despite trying at many occasions, I was never able to make this spot as beautiful on pictures as it is to the eye. Basically, you need to climb a long hill, and when you finally reach the top and begin to go down again, you are presented with this view on a large mountain, directly into the sun, which takes different colors along the year. You need to watch for the tourists ahead though, who will inevitably hit the brakes at the sight of the abrupt descending slope and the curve at the bottom which appears a lot steeper than it really is.

We have now reached high grounds in the Orford area. Extremely high and beautiful. Many people unused to the location will get their ears clogged, or even an headache, as you constantly go up and down, left and right, into and in between the numerous peaks. As a passenger, watch your left, as for only a few seconds you will be able to see a lake about 200 meters down on the side of the road. As a driver, do not attempt to see the lake, it happens to be located into a curve which requires your attention. Lac Orford is only visible when driving eastbound, as the westbound stretch of the highway is not built lower and inside walls of rock.

We have now reached high grounds in the Orford area. Extremely high and beautiful. Many people unused to the location will get their ears clogged, or even an headache, as they constantly go up and down, left and right, into and in between the numerous peaks. As a passenger, watch to the left, as for only a few seconds you will be able to see a lake about 200 meters down on the side of the road. As a driver, do not attempt to see the lake, it happens to be located into a curve which requires your attention. Lac Orford is only visible when driving eastbound, as the westbound stretch of the highway is built lower and between walls of rock. Edit: Oops, looks like Lac Orford is very visible going westbound, once the leaves have fallen off the trees. How I had not noticed before? Perhaps because I was concentrating on the road. Yeah, yeah, I’m a good driver. I’ll stick to that explanation.

In the Orford area again, but on the way back to Montréal. It was only by chance that the arrow on the sign pointed toward the peak, which I believe is the Orford peak. We saw the same peak on the previous picture, from a different angle.

In the Orford area again, but on the way back to Montréal. It was only by chance that the arrow on the sign pointed toward the peak, which I believe is the Orford peak. We saw the same peak on the previous picture, from a different angle.

We've seen that location before, but from a different perspective. A-10 is a different experience on each directions, and many features are only visible in one particular direction.

We’ve seen that location before, but from a different perspective. A-10 is a different experience on each directions, and many features are only visible in one particular direction.

Thanks to my son, to which I showed a preview. He noticed some of the license plates were readable. Thanks to him, I lost half an hour reworking and reposting six of the pictures.

If I get at least 10 likes, I will redo this post at the peak of the winter. Snow on mountains makes for quite a different decor.

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8 comments on “Autumn Pictures / Highway 10

  1. sledpress
    October 13, 2013

    I do like! It reminds me of trips on the New York Thruway when I was in college, with the same distant mountains and carved-out cliffs.

  2. 메간 Megan
    October 14, 2013

    🙂 Highways in Canada look exactly like those in Indiana. The trees are quite beautiful 🙂

    • Tom Duhamel
      October 14, 2013

      Oh you’re in Indiana. Everything makes sense now. You are not that far from me, would make sense there would be little difference when in comes to the trees 🙂

      • 메간 Megan
        October 14, 2013

        Yep 🙂 We’re relatively close to one another, considering how huge our two countries are.

  3. Lidia
    October 14, 2013

    Your son is smart. 😉 Haha
    It looks much prettier there than it does here!

    • Tom Duhamel
      October 14, 2013

      Prettier, I don’t know. Different for sure. You have interesting features too. But we probably have a lot more trees left standing.

  4. heretherebespiders
    October 14, 2013

    I think Oreford looks quite a lot like some of the mountains in Mayo! Rocks shining through, not many trees. The English cut all of our trees down, as the Irish rebels could hide in the forests. But on mountains like that one, they can’t get a purchase due to rock and wind, and SHEEP!

    • Tom Duhamel
      October 18, 2013

      These English are such big brutes 🙂

      Nobody considered replanting trees?

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