After a bowl of Raisin Bran I attended church at Christian Fellowship Church in New Glasgow, NS. It was a good worship service, and afterwards I spoke with a couple named Max and Melvin who are very familiar with the Cabot Trail area, which is where I had planned to tour. They told me how to get there, which route to take and things to see along the way.. appreciative of their help and excited to get on the way.Continue reading Day 20: Enter the Hill Country!
I woke up today parking lot full of fellow campers, or at least it seemed that way. I felt like going out for breakfast this morning and the closest contender was a Wendy’s. It was actually a combination Wendy’s and Tim Hortons but only Tim Hortons was serving breakfast so I had a breakfast sandwich, coffee and hash brown. Pretty good, except for the hash brown which was tough and flavorless. And then went across the street to check out Dollarama, a Canadian counterpart to Dollar Tree. It was actually very nice, though items are at different prices. I couldn’t figure out why the shopping carts had these poles that extended about 7 ft or more up in the air. I finally asked the clerk and she said it was so that people couldn’t take the shopping carts out of the store, because they would hit the door frame if they tried.Continue reading Day 19: Bye, Bye, Miss P-E-I!
Woke up this morning and decided to cook breakfast. I’ve decided to leave my camping spot and look for a scenic place to park. I found it at a commercial fishing pier and took a few pictures, first.
I’ve been discovered that I didn’t have another can of corned beef hash like I thought, so I found a grocery store. Fortunately I was in the town of Alberton, a very small town but larger than most and it had a pretty good little grocery store. Groceries seem pretty expensive here, and of course the 15% sales tax makes it even worse.
After breakfast I continued my tour. At one point I saw a parking lot jammed with pickup trucks, all pulling boat trailers, and saw many both out in the water. I thought it might be some kind of fishing tournament so went and checked it out. Each little boat had one or two people in it with identical tools, they look like long post hole diggers or something. I believe that they were probably clammers, i.e. harvesting clams.
the next visited Lennox Island/First Nation, the reserve for the Mi’kmaq, (pronounced “MIG ma”) tribe, or band. This is actually one of four reserves/reservations in the province, but the Mi’kmaq are the largest. Of course I also checked out the church and cemetery, and drove around the reserve some. It was interesting to see the street signs with a combination of English and native languages, or only native. Usually the signs are in English and French, here.
I saw a crepe restaurant and stopped for lunch. It was hard to decide whether to get a savory crepe or a dessert crepe. In the end I went with “Fries with the works” and Nutella crepe with bananas, strawberries, whipped cream and caramel sauce for dessert! And dinner. “The Works” was hamburger, peas, onions and gravy. Delicious! They only took cash, so I ended up with some Canadian cash which I may keep for souvenirs.
The next sold out the Summerside Library to use the Wi-Fi and a comfy chair to work on uploading my pictures and getting a head start on today’s post. Library was very nice, they even loan out musical instruments there.
Continuing my tour I drove through some of the interior of the island and found myself at the Anne of Green Gables House / Museum. The house is the one that the fictional series was based on. The museum and house were closed but I was able to get a few pictures.
Presbyterian Cemetery. Nice!
Mileage: 131. Groceries: $9.43. Admissions: $3. Dining: $14.05. Currency: $15.95. (?)
So across the 8-mile bridge into Prince Edward Island and was immediately directed into a covid testing station. The process went pretty quickly and I was told I would only be contacted if the results were positive. I guess I must be safe!
The drove around a bit and a nice lady potato farmer finally directed me to the visitor center in Sunnyside, the second largest town in PE. a very helpful man there named Spurgeon Robbins gave me a map, and a lot of other handouts, and explained the scenic routes and annotated some of the stops I’m at want to visit. I have been to most of them and so far he has been spot on.
My next stop was to fill up my gas tank. Gas prices are advertised in Canadian dollars per liter that seem to be about $3.88 per gallon, us, if I did the math correctly. Interestingly, I see much less deviation in prices here then you normally see in the US. My daddy would be proud that after I filled up my gas tank I also checked the oil, and added a quart that I had brought from home. He might even be impressed that I had a funnel, so I didn’t spill oil on the engine block!
My next stop was the Acadian museum. The acadians were the French people who were earlier settlers, deported here from Nova Scotia which frequently changed hands between France and England, some were deported back to france, and eventually a remnant was given a permanent home in Prince Edward.
Next stop, Cap-Edmonton Lighthouse.
The Canadian Potato Museum came next. I wasn’t really interested in this and didn’t actually tour the museum which friend Spurgeon said was mostly farm equipment and it cost $10. I did have my picture taken next to the giant potato and checked out the cafeteria. They had lobster rolls for only $9.95 Canadian! This is only $7.50 US, before the 15% sales tax. Ouch! I just eaten, but put the roll in my refrigerator and enjoyed it for supper later. Delicious! I also got my first look at Canadian money. They use $1 and $2 coins and no pennies. The $1 coins have a loon on them and are called “Looney’s”, and the $2 coins are nicknamed “Toonies!”
West Point Lighthouse was very cool. You can climb up to the top, the steps get very steep! It’s really hot up there but the view is outstanding!
North Point Lighthouse & North Cape. You couldn’t go in the lighthouse but there is a trail along the ocean and you have stunning views, as long as views of a lot of wind turbines. I put on my kit and rode my bike on the trail. Most enjoyable and very scenic, like everything here.
Mileage: 249. Gas: $81.28. Dining: $9.07. Admissions: $5.02. Coffee: $1.90.
I Made It!! Only 4 days late, but I finally made it across the border to visit our neighbor to the north! Turns out I probably could have come in sooner, had I known on my covid test results were buried under a special menu in the testing companies data portal but that’s water under the bridge. There’s anything I’ve learned is that you just have to make the best of things and if you’re giving a detour there’s probably something interesting to be found on it. I made it through the border crossing without incident, right behind another camper from North Carolina. The only thing I wasn’t expecting was to be asked for my vehicle registration, but fortunately I was able to pick it upContinue reading Day 16: Oh, Canada!
Today I visited Reversing Falls. I don’t quote understand the name (see Google desc. in photos), but since I was in Dennysville it was closer and worth a visit. The friendly librarian recommended it to me and I have taken as many suggestions as possible. You had to hike down a very rooty , rocky, treacherous path, but it was very seren e and beautiful. I spent quite a bit of time there meditating and drinking in the grandure. The tide was out and in some of the photos you can see how much the level drops. If I had a shovel I could dig for clams!Continue reading Day 15: Lobster Love!
I woke up in Bangor. First thing on the agenda was a shower and then a trip to Northern light pharmacy where I got my second, of this trip, covid 19 test. With a 48-hour guarantee. After my double-barrel swabbing I went to check out the Paul Bunyan statue and the very pretty waterfront.
I next jumped on highway nine, for the third time in three days, as one leg of my trip to Eastbay where I purchased a ticket on a oil washing tour. They were about 30 people on the boat and three crewmen. We actually went up into Canadian Waters and saw wheels many times, as well as bald eagles, seals, salmon farming and a lot of beautiful shoreline. The trip lasts about 2.5-3 hours and was a lot of fun..
Next I headed to West Quoddy Head lighthouse. I actually saw the lighthouse from the boat, but am looking for ways to run out the clock before my next border-crossing attempt. I stopped on the way for Wi-Fi, to upload my photos. I found myself in Dennysville at the Lincoln Memorial Library, a one-room library. The librarian on duty was Petey Harvey, who turned out to be the most wonderful host. We talked about history and his life, moose encounters, and life in Dennysville in a 200 year-old home.
Found a camping spot down a hunting road. Very secluded. Very quiet. No wifi. No cell service. Very glad to see civilization again!
Mileage: 165. Expenses: Covid test: $100. Whale watching: $55. Don’t: $3.77.
After a good night’s sleep and some coffee and instant grits for breakfast I attended second Baptist Church of Calais. I was blessed to share in Sunday school, worship service and lunch after! The deadline for my covid test expired at 2:00 p.m. with nothing in my email, so I inquired at the local pharmacy about another covid test. Turns out the best bet was to was to go to Bangor where I can be tested Monday morning with results guaranteed in 48 hours, and hopefully less.
On my way to bangor, I took a detour into moosehorn National wildlife refuge, which I saw on my way into town yesterday. I stopped at a few viewing areas and wildlife observation blinds, swung by headquarters (closed), and then followed some back roads around the refuge. It was some of the most beautiful scenery I’ve seen since yesterday. Lol, what can I say, Maine is a beautiful state! I saw no moose, but it looks like a place they would really love.
I then resume the 100 mile drive to Bangor. It was the same road I drove on yesterday, a good road but not very interesting except for the wind turbines. I did see a beautiful sunset and the cutest little rest area I have ever seen. I stopped there for a snack. Most cars would drive in, see the sign that it was an outhouse, and drive off!
I finally made it to Bangor about dusk, found a Planet fitness where I can shower in the morning, and found a place at Walmart park for the night.
Mileage: 115(?). Groceries: $2.47.
I confess, yesterday I was really tired and run down. I tried it Acadia on a somewhat overcast day and almost moved on afterwards. Instead I went and did laundry and stayed overnight in Ellsworth. This morning the sun was out so I decided to return to Acadia National park. I tried the entire park again, only by bus this time. Thunder Hole was absolutely fabulous in the sunshine, and I even purchased another reservation to visit Cadillac Mountain, not at sunrise (some out), but at noon. I spend a lot of time climbing around on the rocks and taking pictures. I hate to think that I might have left without seeing it on a glorious day like today.Continue reading Day 12: And I Almost Missed It!