Saturday, December 20, 2014

Meanwhile, on the Road to Montreal, Week 3

As explained in previous posts for week 1 and week 2, I am plotting my path to Montreal on foot next spring, hoping to attend mass every day possible.

The third week (map left) is pretty cut and dried, taking me from Plymouth NH on the weekend of May 16-17 to St. Johnsbury VT the following weekend.

On each of the four weekends so far (beginning May 2-3), I believe I have accommodations for two nights, which will allow me one complete day of rest each week, preferably Sunday.

Towns, churches and mass times for week 3 are shaping up as follows:

Monday, May 18: Plymouth NH, St. Matthew’s, 8:00 a.m.
(Staying Monday night somewhere in Compton or Woodstock NH)
Tuesday, May 19: Lincoln NH, St. Joseph’s, 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday, May 20, Lincoln NH, St. Joseph’s, 8:00 a.m.
Thursday, May 21: Littleton NH, St. Rose of Lima, 6:00 p.m.
Friday, May 22: St. Johnsbury VT, St. John the Evangelist, 5:30 p.m.

How long I stay in St. Johnsbury will depend on what I choose to do next. This will be an important jumping-off point, with two possible paths to Montreal. The first path is the more “civilized”—through Montpelier and Burlington VT, then following Lake Champlain (east or west side) into Canada.

The second path is the one I am inclined to choose, though I have to work out the details before I can be sure. The second path is more or less a straight shot across country toward Montreal, as on the map below.

The downside of this second path is fewer towns, fewer churches, and less likelihood of mass every day.

The upside is that three of the towns in Quebec en route—Sutton, Farnham, and Saint-Césaire—were all once addresses of St. André Bessette, the man most directly responsible for the Oratory of St. Joseph, which is my destination. I would like to walk where Brother André walked.

But first I want to make sure I can do so without encountering too many bears.

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