|Glimpse of the scenery en route to Rouyn-Noranda|
|Street in Noranda|
Leaving the Gatineau Hills behind us once the weather allowed us to fly, we soon climbed above a low and creamy cloud layer that Chris called "custard". It was smooth up there--good! In our clearance we'd been given a more direct flight path than we'd expected: RADEN, JUNIS, REZIN, YUY. Above the reserve faunique and its lakes the clouds began to rise and cover us, but we could see views through the breaks. The last third of the nearly 3 hour journey was more in cloud and more turbulent because of gusty winds. On the surface they were reporting 20 knot gusts at our destination (CYUY). Chris was asked to go into a hold so as to let a Creebec Dash 8 into the approach ahead of us, and then the Dash 8 pilot kindly cancelled IFR at the last minute to save us the bother of doing this. Our long final was quite exciting enough without the added interest of the hold, because of the crosswind gusts which I must say my pilot handled magnificently. We came in at an impressive angle and I only loosened my grip on the strap as we taxied to the fuel pump. Here I had to speak French to both the fuel man and the security guard, a young woman who intercepted Chris as he tried to open a forbidden door at the terminal building on his way back from the gents. My French comes in useful on these occasions.
|The Noranda copper mine|
|Main street, Rouyn|
|Lake Osisko, Rouyn-Noranda|