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June 27, 2019 Sainte Anne des Monts, QC 4,642 kms fron home

We stayed around town today. We saw the scenic drive along the coast that runs past our campground, the dock where we watched a bunch of people catch hardly anything at all and did some shopping for food and a new toaster since the old one refused to stay down.

We picked up a whole roasted chicken for dinner and ate it with freshly baked garlic bread at home. We turned on a fire and sat on the beach watching people walking their dogs or fishing. A small flock of perhaps 30 gannets were passing by and spotted dinner so they were all diving after them right in front of us. Quite a sight!

It never got really warm today and by 9:00pm it was a chilly 14 degrees, so we came in. I planned our trip tomorrow – buy propane, a splash of fuel then head south on 299 through Gaspesie National Park to about New Richmond QC on the southern edge of the Gaspe.

June 28, 2019 Carleton Sur Mer, QC 4,809 kms from home

We got under way at the usual time and before leaving town we stopped to refill the propane tank and to add a splash of gas to ensure we can reach the Costco store in Moncotn, NB which has the cheapest gas around.

For our last night in La Belle Provence, we picked the municipal campground here in Carleton Sur Mer based on the photo in the Camping Quebec advertisement.

The town is on the south shore of the Gaspe maybe 50 kms from the end of the bay where QC and NB meet. It is a postcard place with green hills meeting the ocean at a sandy beach.

There are lots of restaurants, artiste boutiques and the many parks are full of people. Very picturesque and full of tourists like us.

Since we don’t have a reservation and just showed up, I was a little surprised that they had a spot for us on the Canada Day long weekend. Only for one night however, so we must be on our way by 11:00am tomorrow morning. We can do that.

June 29, 2019 Bathurst, NB 5,022 kms from home

A new day and at long last, a new province. We also passed the 5,000 km mark for the trip. It was overcast and foggy and I had to use the wipers to clear the tiny droplets that accumulated on the windshield as we poked along Quebec Hwy 132 beside Chaleur Bay. After 45 minutes we turned off and crossed the Restigouche River into New Brunswick.

We followed Hwy 134 along the river, then along the south shore of Chaleur Bay. The first town big enough to have a Tim Hortons is Campbellton. Their Salmon Days festival was on just as it was during our first visit. We found a parking spot a half block away and went onto the fairgrounds. It looks like they still have most of the same rides they had before with a few new ones added.

We didn’t go on any, of course, but did wander the midway and I bought a bag of mini donuts. I chatted with an older gentleman on a powered wheelchair, although it had tracks instead of wheels. Very robust and of course, great traction. He loves it. I want one as a toy!

Back on the road, we stayed on Hwy 132 which wanders through lots of little towns along the coast. Like Quebec, almost all the houses were neat as a pins with well kept yards. As I mentioned before, they don’t usually have a normal (for us) double garage. They just park on the driveway. Must be tough in the winter.

The GPS brought us straight to the Walmart resort. It is smaller than most, but it is in a small town. We are grateful for another “free” night that only cost us $100 or so in supplies, almost all of which we bought in Walmart.

Tomorrow we will explore the Acadian Peninsula in Toad.  

June 30, 2019 Miramichi, NB 5,102 kms from home

From Campbellton to Bathurst was a short, one hour drive down Hwy 132. The road was excellent and traffic was relatively light so our usual 90 kph pace didn’t hold up traffic. The drive itself wasn’t memorable, just another highway through an unremarkable forest. Lots of watch for moose signs but only small animals were pancaked on the road. I’ll bet it is beautiful in the fall, though.

We found Walmart easily enough and set out in Toad to explore the Acadian Peninsula up to Shippigan along Hwy 11. We tried to go for a walk along the 2.1 km boardwalk there, along the seashore marshes. The wind was blowing steadily, and it was just too cold for the way we were dressed so at the half-way point we had had enough and returned to the car.

This highway runs more or less along the coast through Acadian country. There were lots of Acadian flags flying alongside the Maple Leaf for Canada Day tomorrow. And of course, there were Poissonnaries in every little town. We stopped at most of them and bought fresh lobster in Shippigan and fresh crab legs in Pokemouche. Nearly back to Miramichi, we stopped and bought some firewood from a roadside vendor. For $10 we now have more firewood then when we left home.

There’s a Harvey’s Hamburgers just down the street so I grabbed my favourite hamburger and 2nd favourite onion rings to go and brought them home. Camper and I ate them while poor Tess had to make do with more lobster.

Today is day 39 of the trip. That’s the same number of nights out as all of last year. And its still June!

So far this trip: $1,177 in campground fees, 13 free nights, $2,237 in gasoline, $108 in propane.

July 1, 2019 Moncton, NB 5,261 kms from home

Another day and we woke up in another Walmart parking lot. While it is not our usual nor our preferred campground, we have saved over $600 so far this trip which is enough to cover the cost of all the seafood we’ll buy, or enough gas to go about 1,500 kms. Today is Canada day and Walmart is closed and except for the 4 RVs, the parking lot is empty.

There is a parade today at 1:00 and the local park has a zip line, so we set off to find them. We toured the entire town and outskirts and gave up on the parade idea before finding the park with the zip line. The park was open but not so the zip line. It is pretty small and not very steep so it is just as well that it was closed.

In our tour we stopped by the dominant church, Saint Michael’s Basilica. Very neat large building with a couple of supporting buildings nearby; perhaps a Nunnery, hospital, orphanage, or school.

Since we couldn’t find anything to do and it was a gloomy day, we decided to start out towards our next goal, Prince Edward Island. Moncton is only a few kms off our course and the casino there welcomes RVers (for up to 7 days!) and has cheap food so we arrived late in the afternoon and registered with the desk. There is an attached hotel and the outside looks nautical with a lighthouse towering over everything. The place is apparently about 10 years old. The RV parking section is in back with 40’+ long, and about 18’ wide spots on a reasonably level lot. Very thoughtful.

We played, of course, and as often happens, I lost my budget and Tess won. At least I am consistent!

There’s lots to see and do here in Moncton so we’ll stay a few days.

July 2, 2019 Moncton, NB 5,261 kms from home

The weather improved today; we woke to high overcast with patches of pale blue and the sun trying to peek through. There are about a dozen RVs her in the parking lot, a mix of trailers and motorhomes.

One guy in an old class C has a generator that sounds like an old lawn mower that is usually running but he is far enough away that it isn’t too annoying.

Looking at the tourism stuff for the area, there are lots of things I am interested in, so I went off to see them. My first stop was Colpitts Settlement, home of the Colpitts branch of my Harrison tree. Thomas Colpitts (c1650-unkn) was my 7x gt grandfather. His grandson (and my 1st cousin, 7x removed) settled here in New Brunswick in 1783 with his wife and 7 children after an earlier visit alone. I did explore the area when we were here 14 years ago but thought it worth another visit. I found the Colpitts Settlement Cemetery and photographed all 67 headstones with the name Colpitts on it. I did the same at the Middlesex County Cemetery.

There was a roadside sign indicating another cemetery and a roadway lead to a house. I went and spoke to the very friendly woman at the house. She told me this was one of the original homesteads and in fact, her small barn was the original house on the farm. The cemetery turns out to be one I already saw last trip. She married a Colpitts and I mentioned why I was interested, she said she had a folder with a bunch of unsorted information in it. We sat down and went through it. Much of it I had or was just personal correspondence but there was a good number of newspaper obituaries. I took photos of them all as they are usually a good source. I’ll have lots of work to do over the winter!

My next stop was the Maritime Motorsports Hall of Fame. This was a well done little museum dealing with local auto racers and personalities with several interesting cars. Of course, its always good to chat with fellow car guys. My last stop was the NB Railway Museum. They had the usual collection of unrestored and worn out pullman cars, maintenance equipment and so on. They also have 2 diesel and one oil fired steam locomotives. I climbed in and around all of them. The local model railroad club had a small display and the main barn was an excellent display of railroad memorabilia and artifacts.

Tess stayed at the casino since I had the car. She was very happy to tell me that she went to play her favourite machine and on her very first spin won a nice even $5,000. Good for her.

July 3, 2019 Moncton, NB 5,261 kms from home

We continued our exploration of the area today by heading down to the Bay of Fundy, past Hopewell Rocks to Cape Enrage. There is a lighthouse, walking paths, a staircase down the cliff to a fossil bed, and a zip line and rappelling feature. Tess is ready to try a zipline but unhappily the person is off sick today. Our admission fee lets us come back for another day so we’ll call tomorrow to see if she can go.

Our next stop was the little lobster fishing community of Alma. Tess bought more, of course, and in one of the stores they had a large 4 metre by 2 metre tank full of live lobster and almost as many cooked ones. There were a couple of blue ones and an orange one in the live tank. And the biggest lobster I have ever seen. He would be able to pinch off my hand at the wrist. Very active and I’m sure he gave me the evil eye.

We got back home to an increasingly busy casino parking lot, including a 5th wheel immediately beside us while there were several sites not beside a generator exhaust pipe. Every time I ran the generator their CO detector would go off. Serves them right.

We went for cheap beer and chicken wings after dinner and got home at midnight.

July 4, 2019 Moncton, NB 5,261 kms from home

It was a hot one today! Humidex at 36 and no clouds to provide any relief. And it is supposed to be like this for the next few days, broken up by evening thunder showers which will be a big relief.

I went to see the tidal bore downtown. It is a surge of ocean water coming up the Petitcodiac River from the Bay of Fundy. The wave is maybe 2 feet high and today there was a guy on a surfboard riding the front of the wave. He went for at least a kilometer, waving to the crowd of tourists there to see it. It was all over in 5 minutes.

Next stop was Walmart to replace my clip-on sunglasses I managed to lose the other day. Then it was off to check out a dump station a fellow casino camper found. It was there as promised so I drove Seven down to dump our full tanks and refill. I made a point of going into the business to say thank you. We are good for up to a week now.

Today is beef tenderloin and lobster tail day at the casino buffet. For $23 including tax we had the best buffet meal I think we have ever had. The beef was tender and perfectly done and most other dishes were excellent. Especially the honey glazed corn bread. They even had Nanaimo bars for dessert! Tess thought she had died and gone to heaven – all the lobster she can eat. And eat she did – 5 tails, a tenderloin, fish and lots more. She got her money’s worth!

July 5, 2019 Moncton, NB 5,261 kms from home

Wow, it is hot! Humidex is over 40! Until noon it was perfect to sit outside in the shade. There was a breeze blowing while we watched most of the RVs depart. By noon we had to go inside while the generator kept the roof air conditioners running nicely.

In the early afternoon Tess went in to play and perhaps eat while Camper and I went downtown to see some cars. I had to carry him across the intersections because the black roadway is too hot for his feet. He got lots of love from the kids, dog owners and other dogs. He was very good with them all. After 90 minutes we had seen all that I wanted, and we were both melting so we came home. I did buy a T-shirt though.

Even though today is crab buffet day, I am not going to eat there. I am a bit off with mild stomach cramps and nausea, so I’ll pass. Camper and I will stay home and let the A/C keep us comfortable. There is a street dance with live music tonight, but I will stay home.

I want to be near 100% for the show and shine in the park tomorrow. They are now saying there will be over 2,000 cars there. Wow!

July 6, 2019 Moncton, NB 5,261 kms from home

Today was car show day and I headed to Centennial Park at noon. I’m not sure there were 2,000 cars but there were a lot of them. I spent several hours roaming around and saw lots of cool cars. Well worth the sweating temperature and humidity. By the time I got back home I was beat, so Camper and I had a nice nap.

When we got up, Tess was gone to the casino, so I went to find her. She was at one of her favorite machines and had won yet another jackpot. I’m surprised they haven’t kicked us out yet. I can’t win at slots, so I came home. Camper and I watched some TV and chilled until Tess got back.

The fridge was showing a “no co” message which means no cooling. The burner is out and everything is getting warm in there. I got out the manual and followed the procedure to clear the trouble codes and reset the board and it started right up. Whew! I did have to dump the milk which had curdled but most other stuff will be OK.

July 7, 2019 Moncton, NB 5,261 kms from home

While we were getting ready to go, our next door camper was polishing a new generation red Corvette Sting Ray. Yesterday he was polishing a red 1932 Ford Hi-Boy. I went to talk to him and he said he traded his Ford for it but was a little worried about how he was going to tell his wife. I sat in it and it fits me very well but it can’t be towed behind the RV so I’m not interested. Ha ha.

The weather today was a great relief after several days of it feeling like it was nearly 40 degrees. It seemed circumstances conspired to keep us from doing anything productive. I wanted to get a haircut and Tess had shopping to do at Walmart. We set off on our day’s adventure and while we were in Walmart, the power went out. They chased everyone out of the store and we decide to go to the Walmart in next door Dieppe. No power there either.

No power means no traffic lights, no haircut, no eating out. We headed home and eventually returned to the land or electricity. It was mid-afternoon and we were starving so hit the A&W at the Petro-Can station for fast food and a box of milk.  

Camper and I went for a few walks and just hung out reading for the afternoon. Tess won another $1K jackpot of course. Back on the road tomorrow.

July 8, 2019 Shediac, NB 5,369 kms from home

We hit the road at the usual time and the first stop was Costco to top up the gas tank. All those hours of running the generator to power the A/C for a week burned at least 50 litres. From there is was 45 minutes to Bouctouche for the lobster festival. Or so I thought. I somehow mixed up the cities in my brain because the lobster festival is being held in Shediac.

We disconnected and drove around Bouctouche and then drove the 20 minutes back down the same highway to Shediac. We found a spot in a downtown RV park for 5 days at the usual $41 rate for full services. I dropped Tess off downtown and Camper and I went back to get Seven. Once we were all set up, including cutting off another leaking section of hose, Tess was ready to come home.

There’s lots to see here before the festival starts on Wednesday. We learned that the lobster eating contest is at 7pm daily so we will be there for that! There are souvenirs to buy too.

It felt hotter than the 27C official temperature as it is still humid for us. Temps are predicted to be around 25 for the week with no rain so it will be pleasant.

July 9, 2019 Shediac, NB 5,369 kms from home

Wishing Star is a medium sized commercial RV park with the best (oceanside) sites occupied by seasonal renters. Those ones even have poured concrete or brick patios with railings and wooden steps going down to the ocean. The rest of us get a wide, level grassy site with a picnic table. The parking pad is gravel and there is 30-amp power, water, sewer and an open Wi-Fi system that works occasionally. For the first time this trip I set up the satellite dish. This time I remembered to reset the virtual switch to nil before acquiring the satellites. It worked first time. Setups for the rest of the trip will be plug and play.

After Camper’s walk, Tess went to the “World’s Largest Lobster” store across the street from the RV park. She roamed around the western part of town and enjoyed the time by herself. Later, we went to see where the festival is going to be held and the parking situation which Is good. We went for a drive east of town through a couple of small villages. A beautiful semi-waterfront home had a lobster pot on the deck so I stopped and asked the owner where she got it.

We got the same, non-specific answers as we have had before – find one on the beach or on a wharf. She did suggest we go to Pointe du Chene as there were boats, restaurants, and souvenir shops there. We did go after stopping at DQ for a treat. It was very busy and even charged $3 per car admission. The money goes to the repair and maintenance fund, so we didn’t mind. There are lots of boats including a couple of big Fisheries Dept patrol boats.

In one of the shops we finally found the perfect lobster pot. Wood with intact webbing, and the built-in flat sandstone rocks were still there. It was $30 tax in but is exactly what she wants so Tess bought it. I’ll find a place for it in a basement storage compartment tomorrow.

July 10, 2019 Shediac, NB 5,369 kms from home

A nice not-too-hot day with a breeze so it was perfect We didn’t do anything all day except for a trip to the grocery store. The evening was more eventful. The Shediac Lobsterfest started today so of course, we were there. There is a small midway with the usual rides and carney booths. There was stuff for kids such as a magician and face painting. There was live music and cold beer in the tent and at 7:00pm, Tess was front and centre. Of course.

Since Tess knew she could take home anything she didn’t eat, she didn’t eat much. Check out the video! She came home with a lot!

July 11, 2019 Shediac, NB 5,369 kms from home

We started the day with great plans but as usual, they fell through because, well, stuff happens. That pesky water supply line in the wet bay is leaking again so I decided to seek expert advice and parts at the local RV service place. They sold me a piece of PEX (plastic) hose and some fittings. Back home and a half hour later I have a drip free water supply system. Finally! Hopefully this is a permanent fix.

As we were leaving to go to the lobster festival, our neighbour called me over. They had found the tow bar pin I lost the other day. That makes the one I bought at the RV service place a spare. Glad to have good neighbours.

So we went to the festival because I had reluctantly agreed to enter the lobster eating contest. Since I don’t like lobster much and the losers get to keep what they don’t eat, Tess figured she would get another 3 lobsters for the $10 admission fee. We got there 15 minutes before the contest, but parking was a challenge. By the time we walked to the entrance and saw the lineup to get into the grounds, it was obvious we weren’t going to make it in time for me to enter the contest.

So, what to do? Shediac is only 20 minutes from the casino in Moncton; closer than the St Albert casino is from home. Away we went. Tess gave me $100 for the blackjack table. I was holding my own for about an hour. In the meantime, Tess went to her bank of favourite machines and hit for another $1,000+ jackpot. Good grief!

We left at 10pm and got home to a happy dog.

July 12, 2019 Shediac, NB 5,369 kms from home

Tess was reading the festival planner and we decided to stay another 2 days so we can attend the closing ceremonies and the lobster dinner that is included in the ticket price. I’ll re-register tomorrow. Tess spent the day doing a walkabout all over town. She was gone for hours. Camper and I stayed home, did chores and worked on all that Colpitts data I collected two weeks ago.

We tried again to get me into the lobster eating contest. We got there in time and because of the rain, there weren’t as many people in the big tent. The MC recognised us by name (!) and said that all the spots were taken but he would put me down as the first alternate in case someone doesn’t show. Since everyone showed, I didn’t get to participate. I have mixed feelings; I really didn’t want to do it but I did promise Tess I would. Oh well.

We enjoyed the live music before the contest but afterwards there was a paid admission band. Since we really didn’t want to stay much longer anyway, we opted to head home.

July 13, 2019 Shediac, NB 5,369 kms from home

Things are getting routine here so it is nearly time to hit the road again. The gloomy weather isn’t helping. I spent several hours working on the new Colpitts obituaries for the family tree. As usual in any RV park, RVs come and go every day. Here 5th wheel trailers are very popular. What surprises me though is the number of Class As over 40 feet long. Looking out the front window as I type this, I can see 6, all of them not more than a few years old. Most have NB plates so there is some money here.

In the afternoon we went back to Moncton, stopping at a garage sale and checking out an old mid-60s Mercury Comet convertible. Before heading in for the crab buffet at the casino, we swung through the back RV lot and weren’t surprised to see about 30 rigs there. Some people had their awnings and lawn chairs out as before. Except for pavement on the ground, it could be any overflow camping lot in a regular campground.

We stayed several hours after our early dinner. I lost and Tess won as usual.

July 14, 2019 Shediac, NB 5,369 kms from home

Other than having to be in Halifax on July 24 to see Arlene we don’t have any need to be anywhere so we decided to head to PEI tomorrow for a week or so. Confederation bridge is only 45 minutes away.

Today is the last day of the Shediac Lobster Festival and we went to the closing ceremonies. There was 10 minutes of talking and thank-yous then they served – what else – a lobster dinner to the 350 or so people there. We sat with a very friendly local family who have been coming for 50 years and 3 generations. They served lobster, potato salad, coleslaw, a bun and her bun. I think she came out the winner of that exchange.

When we got home, I took Camper for his walk. We met a couple from Quebec with a cute Shitsu-Yorkie mix. They are on their maiden big trip in their 2005 40’ Fleetwood Revolution. While chatting it started to rain so we ran for home. The skies opened up and the thunder crashed and in a half hour the rainbow was in the sky and TV reception returned.

Back on the road tomorrow.

July 15, 2019 Summerside, PEI 5,483 kms from home

Another day, another province. We packed up and hit the road about 11:30am and headed south, then east and over the 13 km long Confederation Bridge to PEI. This is only our second (and probably last) time over this bridge. It is still a neat experience; it must be quite something in the dead of winter with icebergs and blowing snow.

Not far from Summerside is Linkletter Provincial Park and we showed up unannounced, as usual. They had one site for us with power and water. It is about 100 metres from the ocean and we can see the bridge in the distance. We booked 4 nights so we can see the northern part of the island. We’ll stay nearer the ferry terminal to explore the southern half after this.

There is supposed to be Wi-Fi but there’s no signal at our site during the day but I managed to log on for a bit in the evening. At least the bills are paid and emails up to date.

As usual on a travel day, we didn’t do much other than visit with our new neighbours and walk the dog. We finally got the BBQ out and cooked up some burgers. I think it has been weeks and I was starting to go through withdrawal!

July 16, 2019 Summerside, PEI 5,483 kms from home

We woke to sunny skies, high tide and the usual sounds of a busy campground: kids playing, a lawn mower, dogs, birds, etc. By 10am several new campers had arrived. We were lucky to get the last serviced site big enough to hold us, as we often are it seems.

The plan was to explore the northern third of the Island today. We set off along the north coastal drive. The roads are generally good although the drivers here are poor. Red lights and lines on the road are merely suggestions and nobody signals anything. Pretty much the opposite of Quebec. Except the stop sign part.

We didn’t really have a goal in mind other than perhaps Tignish at the northern tip of the Island. We got less than half way there. There were beaches, poissonnaries, a lighthouse converted to an Inn, and other things to distract us. The red soil is caused by iron oxide in the soil and is very distinctive. There are literally km after km of potatoes with the occasional grain or hay field for variety. It was a pretty drive.

We stopped in Summerside to look for an oil change place for Seven. I found on and have an appointment for Friday when we are moving to the central part of PEI. This will be Seven’s first “professional” servicing as I have always done it before.

Along the way we stopped for seafood, of course. Tess bought fresh off the boat today cod, quahogs, mussels and so on. We ate some of the cod for dinner and it was wonderful. The freezer is about 90% full so she is going to have to be selective about what she keeps now.

While Tess was cooking all her seafood, Camper and I went for a walk. We met lots of little dogs and their owners. The only people farther from home were a couple and their 2 Schnauzers from Oregon who are planning to go to Newfoundland and then Labrador and returning through Quebec along the north shore of the St Lawrence ion their Sprinter chassis class C. Now that would be an adventure!

The wind picked up to about 60 kph and blew steadily all night. I had to close the awning and the roof vents because they were all rattling but we slept really well.

July 17, 2019 Summerside, PEI 5,483 kms from home

We decided to go to Charlottetown today. Along the way we saw a sign advertising lighthouses for sale so we stopped. A retired gent builds a variety of sizes in his shop out of plywood and solid wood, nicely painted and they have either a plug-in or solar light. The quality was excellent and the price reasonable so we ordered one for pick up on Friday when we will be by on our way south. It can live in Toad beside the lobster trap until we get home in September.

There are about 80,000 people in greater Charlottetown and it feel like a regular city with all the usual stores and services. That’s about half the total provincial population. We checked out Walmart and they have an area for RVs with several rigs parked there. We’ll probably stay here a night or two on our way south to catch the ferry to Nova Scotia.

Traffic was all snarled up because of an apartment block fire. The news later said there were no injuries, but the fairly new building looks like a total loss. There’s now a bunch of seniors looking for a place to live. We stopped at the casino and surprisingly, they have table games so I played a set and got my chip. I lost my budgeted amount and as usual, Tess won. She even gave me an extra day’s budget which I managed not to lose and eventually gave her back her ‘loan’ plus half my blackjack loss.

On the way back home the rain shower turned into a downpour. There was water standing on the highway and traffic slowed down to avoid hydroplaning. The sunset was truly amazing: the sun was brilliant red and as it set, it looked huge. Like a rising harvest moon, it looked several times its usual size. It didn’t look like earth.

July 18, 2019 Summerside, PEI 5,483 kms from home

Other than drive a few minutes up to road to a strawberry farm, we sat at home in the sunshine and didn’t do anything except read and nap. A lazy day.

July 19, 2019 Summerside, PEI 5,483 kms from home

We were on out way at an early for us 10:15am. After dumping tanks we went to the truck repair shop in Summerside and had Seven serviced. While that was being done we went back to the lighthouse maker’s place and bought not one but two 24” high solar powered lighthouses; one for us and one for friends. After lunch at A&W, we picked up Seven and headed south.

The drive to Charlottetown was a short 66kms as this is a small island. We settled in at a friendly Walmart. There were only 3 others here when we pulled in at 3:00 pm and about 15 by bedtime. Camper and I stayed home and relaxed while Tess went shopping at the local mall and went to play for a while.

It cooled off nicely once the sun went down and we slept well.

July 19, 2019 Charlottetown, PEI 5,549 kms from home

We were on out way at an early for us 10:15am. After dumping tanks we went to the truck repair shop in Summerside and had Seven serviced. While that was being done we went back to the lighthouse maker’s place and bought not one but two 24” high solar powered lighthouses; one for us and one for friends. After lunch at A&W, we picked up Seven and headed south.

The drive to Charlottetown was a short 66kms as this is a small island. We settled in at a friendly Walmart. There were only 3 others here when we pulled in at 3:00 pm and about 15 by bedtime. Camper and I stayed home and relaxed while Tess went shopping at the local mall and went to play for a while.

It cooled off nicely once the sun went down and we slept well.

July 20, 2019 Parrsbobo, NS 5,863 kms from home

We looked at the map and decided to take the ferry to Nova Scotia because it would cost less than the bridge factoring in the higher ferry fare and the extra gas we would burn if we took the bridge. It was a pretty one hour drive to the campground we planned to stay at but they were full tonight. OK, we’ll take the ferry to the mainland and find something there. At the ferry we faced a 3 hour wait for a sailing with room for us. Maybe.

We decided to return to the bridge crossing and find a campground once we crossed into Nova Scotia. We wound up driving for over 4 hours today. Far more than planned but not a big deal.

At the NS tourism place I stocked up on maps and the usual info booklets and then got on the phone to find a place to stay. The third call was successful and we struck out for Parrsboro, about an hour away.

When we leave for Halifax in a couple of days, we will only have a 2 hour drive.

We settled into our site which has an amazing view of the ocean with only one RV between us and the water. Since each site is on a bench, we can see the water over the next door RV.

The campground is owned and operated by the town and is clean and tidy although the Wi-Fi doesn’t reach our site well enough to actually get on line. Perhaps I can from the kitchen or laundry areas. Tomorrow we’ll explore the town and area.

20 July 2019

This third update comes to you from the south shore of the Bay of Fundy. We are in Parrsboro, Nova Scotia 5,749 kms from home.

You can read the June 26 log here.

You can read the May 23 - June 6 log here.

You can see our planned routes here.

Type to you next soon from the road.

Greg, Tess & Camper