Although this route is longer than going through Maine, it is almost all 4 lane highway now so it's faster. The route through Maine goes by a lot of little towns and the speed limit is lower as well.
They have had a LOT of snow in the Riviere du Loup area of Quebec...
We made pretty good time getting to the border to cross into Plattsburgh. Made it there for about 6:00pm, so about 15 hours total (there's a one hour time change) to do 1400 km's (870 miles).
But the border was very quiet, so I guess the guards needed something to do. They pulled us over for secondary inspection, and spent about half an hour checking our documents and asking more questions. Eventually they apologized and it seemed that my name came up as somebody who had been arrested in the U.S. at some point in time, and it took some time to confirm that it was not me! So they cleared us and we were on our way.
Most of the weather was pretty good, but after we re-entered Canada we had about a 2 hour drive between Cornwall and Kingston on Highway 401...the busy main 4 lane highway between Montreal and Toronto. We saw a lot of salt trucks running and sitting by the side of the road, even though the road was totally fine.
Well the salters must have known what was coming, because about an hour outside of Kingston, it started snowing hard. It got to the point where I couldn't see if I was in the lane, and it was very slow going...almost white-out conditions. It was NOT fun. Some of the big truck drivers are crazy...I don't know how they could speed through like that without going off the road, although quite a few of them had pulled over to wait it out.
We finally made it home at 11:30pm last night. That was a LONG day! Went right to sleep, and slept like a baby!