14 to 22 October 2014
When I mentioned this to our niece she said that she has a friend living in Barrington, Nova Scotia who is ill. I suggested that she could hitch a ride with us which she gladly accepted.
Proposed route > Ontario Highway 416, Quebec Route 30, 20, 85, New Brunswick Highway 2, Nova Scotia 104, 102, 123, 103, 309, South Shore Road.
Tuesday 14 October 2014
We departed Ottawa at approximately 09:00 and took a bit of a side trip to pick up our niece at her home. The trip along the 416 highway to Quebec Route 30, which we had recently learned would take us south and thereby missing all of the Montreal traffic. Passing over the toll bridge ($4.00) on route 30 we carried on and instead of getting off at the junction of Route 20 we simply carried on. As it was getting near lunch time we swung off on Route 132 which was only a two lane highway and had lunch in the nice little village of Verecheres in a restaurant overlooking the St Lawrence River. Both the girls had a chicken Caesar salad while I had nice lasagna (so much for the gluten free). After lunch it was back along 132 through many more small villages bordering the St Lawrence until we decided to get back on the 30 and hook up with Route 20. When we saw the next sign for 30 we took the turn to only have the highway run out a short while later and it was back on to the 132 again. We eventually saw a sign directing us to Route 20 so it was off we went.
While heading east we came to a junction that directed us to New Brunswick so we decided to take this road instead of carrying on to Route 85. We swung off on to the winding and hilly 289 which took us through more small villages. As night was upon us the reflection of village lights in the many lakes was quite a sight to see. I must say that our niece was getting a little worried because we were not on the proposed course and was unsure of just where we would end up. I reassured her that the sign had directed us to New Brunswick and as long as we were heading east everything would work out. Of course it all worked out and we crossed into New Brunswick in the dark on to highway NB 120. We really did reach Edmonton, at about 9pm, along this out of the way route and overnighted at the Quality Inn. My supper - fish and chips. Weather - sunny and warm.
Wednesday 15 October 2014
The three of us were up early and enjoyed a relaxing breakfast before departing Edmonston. We connected with Highway 2, the New Brunswick portion of the Trans Canada Highway (TCH) which connects Canada from coast to coast.
The TCH through New Brunswick is basically a 4 lane straight line running north and south which, at times, boarders the St John River. The original TCH was Highway 1 but Highway 2 was widened and straightened which means a very smooth ride at the posted speed of 110 Km/h.
After missing a possible lunch stop in Moncton we reached Sackville in the early afternoon for lunch in Mel’s Diner. Mel’s was built in 1945 and no doubt the same decor is still in prominence! Lunch - smoked meat on marbled rye.
After lunch it was back onto the highway to the Nova Scotia border where we stopped to pick up a map and information about the South Shore. On our way again and we got instructions on where to drop our niece off at her friends. We arrived there at about 5pm and after a short visit and instructions on how to get on to highway 213 to connect with 103 we were on our way again.
Dave gave us instructions on how to reach his place on Shore Road but we ended up driving past it three times before we finally discovered it. And there he was waiting on the porch for us. It would have been much easier to find in the day light but at 9pm the daylight had long disappeared.
Dave’s new place is a wonderful century old home and he certainly made us comfortable and had a soup supper waiting. Weather - Sunny and mid 20s
Thursday 16 October 2014
I was up early and took the opportunity to walk along Shore Road to the junction of route 309/Port Clyde Road. Along the way I took a couple of forays to explore along the shoreline. When I got back Dave and Wendy were up and Dave escorted us around his property. It is quite interesting, on the house side of the road it is about half forest and one quarter gardens. The gardens do need a bit of work to get them back into production and that is planed for next year. Walking through the woods we came up a fair amount of bear scat, and Dave explained that the bear had gobbled up all of the apples under an old apple tree and then marked it as his! After breakfast it was a drive into Shelburne and a walk along the historic waterfront. A quick stop at Soby’s for groceries and lobster for supper then back to Dave’s for a late home made soup lunch. In the afternoon it was to Fort St Louis and Baccaco light house. On the way back we saw four deer in a field which we stopped to watch and then another two further along the road. In the evening the wind and rain started as hurricane Gonzalo passed off-shore. Supper - fresh NS lobster. Weather - Sunny and mid 20s.
Friday 17 October 2014
Woke up to more high winds and rain. The predicted hurricane Gonzalo was indeed passing us. Undaunted by the weather we struck out for Shag Harbour the site of a UFO incident in 1967. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shag_Harbour_UFO_incident Unfortunately the museum was closed for the season and the wind and rain precluded much walking around. From here it was on to Woods Harbour. Spotted one lonely deer in the woods. In the afternoon the weather began to clear I put up two bird feeders that I had bought and filled them with seed. As the weather was clearing it was a trip to Ingomar Beach to watch the waves which turned out to be a little disappointing. The storm was probably to far off shore to create any great breakers. Weather - stormy in the morning but bright and sunny in the afternoon.
Saturday 18 October 2014
Up early and went for a 2K run along the road and a .5K cool down walk and scared a deer out of Dave’s back yard. Felt good after the run. Blue jays and chickadees at the feeders and a loon out in the bay. After breakfast it was a trip to Barrington so see the wool museum but it once again the museum was closed for the season. It was then a short trip to Seal Island Light Museum http://capesablehistoricalsociety.com/Seal_Island_Light_Museum.html where we had a picnic lunch.
After our picnic it was on to Cape Sable Island which is the southernmost point of mainland in Nova Scotia. While there we were able to see the drowned forest, and walk along Daniel’s Head Beach, which certainly is different than the Daniel’s Head Beach in Bermuda! While on the beach we were able to see Sanderlings swooping along the shoreline and two seal frolicking in the waves. We continued around the island to Clark’s Harbour to see the Stone Church as well as watch the fishermen push a new lobster pen into the bay in readiness for the opening of the lobster fishery. We met up with two of Dave’s friends at the Dennis Point Café in Middle West Pubnico where we enjoyed a seafood dinner. Weather - mostly cloudy.
Sunday 19 October 2014
Went to Port Mouton, were we spent our honeymoon 43 years ago. The area has changed quite a bit, the little store that was across the road from the house is now gone or has been converted into a home and the number of new homes has also increased. We carried on to Carter’s Beach for a stroll and pick up a few sand dollars. Then it was off to Liverpool which is the home of the privateers where we had a picnic lunch of Subway sandwiches in Fort Point Park by the Fort Point Lighthouse. Weather - mostly cool and cloudy.
Monday 20 October 2014
Again up early and out for a 2.25K run (13:15) and a cool down walk of .5K. After breakfast it was off to Yarmouth and the Forchu Lighthouse. We will have to arrange to make the trip to Nova Scotia earlier in the year because the lighthouse and museum were, like the others, closed for the season. Weather - colder, windy and heavy cloud but cleared a bit in the afternoon.
Tuesday 21 October 2014
Frost on the ground this morning and a thin layer of ice on car. Is it because we are leaving that the weather has turned colder. It was mainly sunny when we departed Dave’s to pick up our niece. Arrived in Barrington at 11:00 and after saying our good-byes it was back on the road again. The plan was to stay at a Best Western in Grand Falls but on attempting to check in both Best Western’s in Grand Falls were full but we were given directions to Pres du Lac, where we spent a night on our honeymoon trip. This time we stayed in the hotel rather than one of the cabins. Like many other things this motel certainly has seen some changes. It is much larger than when we were there and it is also now part of the Quality Inn chain rather than being privately owned. Weather - became over cast in the afternoon and a couple of spits of rain.
Wednesday 22 October 2014
Make your own waffles for breakfast, one of the features of a Quality Inn, breakfast included buffet breakfast. Upon leaving we almost followed the same route home, TCH, NB 120, Que 289, both these routes are certainly different in the day light, they may be just as hilly and twisty but much more to see. Once we connected with Que 20 we stayed on that until the 30 and then it was simply a matter of reversing the route. After dropping off our niece and having a refreshing cup of tea it was home at about 8pm. Weather - mostly sunny.
Here are the trip stats:
Total kilometres: - the car odometer 3429.2 Kms
Total kilometres: - the GPS 3481.1 Kms
Difference between GPS and car 51.9 Kms
Total kilometres to my brothers by GPS 1746.5 “off the main highway"
Total kilometres to home by GPS 1734.6 “mostly on the main highway"
Total moving time to Dave’s 18 hours 00 minutes
Total moving time to home 17 hours 26 minutes
Total moving time 35 hours 26 Minutes
Difference Time = 34 minutes longer going “off the main highway"
Difference Kilometres= 11.9 Kms longer going “off the main highway”